Aniseed Essential Oil
Latin name: Pimpinella anisum
Synonyms: Anisum officinalis, A. vulgare, anise, sweet cumin
Plant family: Apiaceae
Extraction : Steam distillation of the seeds
Origin: Native to Greece and Egypt, now cultivated in India, China, Mexico and Spain
Plant characteristics: An annual herb, less than a metre tall with white flowers and delicate leaves.
Aniseed Essential Oil characteristics: Colourless to pale yellow liquid with a warm spicy-sweet characteristic scent.
Traditional use: Widely used as a domestic spice. The volatile oil content provided the basis for its medical applications; dry irritable coughs, bronchitis and whooping cough.
Cautions and comments: Its major component, anethole, is known to cause dermatitis in some individuals – avoid in allergic and inflammatory skin conditions. Use in moderation only.
Main chemical constituents: Trans-anethole (75-90%)
How to Use Aniseed Essential Oil
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.