Plant part: Seed
Blends well with: Bay, black pepper, ginger, lavender, orange, pine, rose
Aroma: Fresh, sweet, spicy, licorice-like
Color: light olive-green to a green-brownish
The fresh scent of aniseed has traditionally been used to flavor dishes, foodstuffs, and beverages ever since ancient times. For a long time, the seed was so valuable in eastern countries that it was used to pay taxes. In India, the seeds are chewed at the end of meals as a digestive aid, as well as to freshen the breath. Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used Aniseed medicinally thousands of years ago, and since many things come full circle, we are now finally using it in modern times for the same beneficial qualities.
Anise, or Pimpinella Anisum, is an herb which grows up to 3 feet in height. It is similar in flavor to licorice and fennel, and is often confused for “star anise.” They are similar in name, but are both unique in many ways. Many people don’t know that Aniseed is actually part of the carrot family. The essential oil comes from steam distilling the seeds of the plant, and the resulting liquid has a unique olive green-brownish color. It is about 90 percent Anethol, which contributes to the scent as well as many of the benefits of the oil.
Aniseed Essential Oil Uses
Circulatory System: Relieves rheumatism and arthritis
Respiratory System: Relieves coughs and congestion, soothes asthma.
Nervous System: Stimulates nervous system, relieves anxiety, stress, calms rage, eases depression and insomnia, calms hyperactivity
Digestive System: Boosts metabolism, relieves gas and indigestion, aids in eliminating intestinal worms in children.
On the Skin: Aids in healing of wounds
Therapeutic Properties: anti-epileptic, anti-hysteric, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, aperient, carminative, cordial, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, insecticide, sedative, stimulant and vermifuge
Recipes With Aniseed Essential Oil
Abdominal and Stomach Cramps:
- 5 drops of Aniseed oil
- 1 tablespoon of almond oil
- Massage into stomach as needed for relief.
- 2 drops of Aniseed oil
- 1 drop of Cinnamon bark oil
- ½ cup of warm water
- Swish and gargle as needed
Migraines or Vertigo:
- 2 drops of Aniseed oil
- 1 drop of Lemon oil
- Add to a handkerchief and inhale periodically as needed.
- 2drops of Aniseed oil
- 2 drops of Ginger oil
- 2 drops of Tea Tree oil
- 2 drops of Lemon oil
- Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed.
- 4 drops of Aniseed oil
- 2 drops of Chamomile oil
- Add to diffuser and diffuse as you lay down to sleep.