Anise Essential Oil

Sweet Cumin, Aniseed.

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  • Anise Essential Oil supports one’s respiratory system. It is said to alleviate asthma, coughing and congestion. It has a delicious aroma like that of moist licorice candy and is a treat for the senses.
    Farming MethodConventionally Farmed
    Country of OriginSpain
    Plant PartSeed
    Scientific NamePimpinella anisum
    Application Method Diffusion, Inhalation, Topical

  • Anise is known to many as the sweet, licorice-scented seed that is often an ingredient in European cookies, licorice candy, anisette liqueur, and foods from around the world. Anise seed is often found in foods because of its toning effects on the digestion. Removing intestinal gas is one such benefit that explains the Anise herb’s wide culinary use. It also has estrogenic effects, which help lactating mothers increase milk production.

    Another wonderful feature of Anise is its ability to stop spasms. This, in combination with its mucus-expelling effects, makes the inhalation of Anise Essential Oil helpful for those suffering from asthma.

    Anise can be applied topologically to ease digestive discomfort and to increase lactation. In this case, it needs to be tested for skin compatibility and highly diluted.


  • Here is how to use Anise essential oil for various conditions:

    Dilution requirements:

    Topical Application for localized use on the skin: Dilute up to 1% (5 drops essential oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil). See precautions below.

    Topical Application for whole body massage: Dilute up to 1% (5 drops essential oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil). See precautions below.


    • Mucus congestion, or any respiratory conditions: Diffusion.
    • Asthma: Direct inhalation from the diffuser on a regular basis.
    • Indigestion: Diffusion, Whole Body Massage, Topical Application just on the abdomen.
    • To increase milk production for nursing mothers: Topical Application on breast tissue.


    Safety Precautions:

    Anise is a known skin irritant, so caution is recommended in topical use. Concentration should be maximum 1%, and it should be tested first for skin compatibility. It also has narcotic properties. Avoid during pregnancy.

  • Traditional Uses

    The appetizing scent of Anise is unmistakable. Traditionally added as a distinctive flavor to desserts, candies and digestive liquors, the culinary use of Anise allows its digestion-boosting effects to shine. Anise is versatile in both savory and sweet dishes.

    After indulging in a particularly heavy meal, the Romans used to eat cake made from Aniseed to help alleviate any indigestion caused by overeating. The sweet and stimulating anisette liqueur has been a popular after-meal treat and has been recommended for bronchitis and asthma caused by bronchial spasms. The intoxicating aroma of Anise has also been utilized to lend a lovely perfume to the breath.

    About the Plant

    Anise is an annual herb that grows less that 3 feet high, whose seeds smell and taste like mouthwatering licorice candy. The seeds are used both for culinary and medicinal purposes, as well as distilled to make Anise Essential Oil. 


    Apiaceae—Carrot Family

  • Scent:  Anise Essential Oil has a warm, spicy, licorice-like scent.

    Blends With:  Bay, Black Pepper, Ginger, Lavender, Orange, Pine, Rose.

    Fragrance Note:  Middle

    Composition:  Trans-anethole

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