Anise Pimpinella anisum
This oil has a fresh, spicy sweet licorice like aroma. It is made from the seed. Its properties are analgesic, antiseptic, aperitive (appetite stimulant), carminative (relieving flatulence), emmenagogue (stimulating menstrual flow),digestive, diuretic, expectorant, stomachic, and stimulant. Historically it has been used as a morning pick me up as well as a spice.
By Melissa Ferris:
Anise Seed Pimpinella anisum
What makes the flavor of black licorice? Anise oil! Many love it, many don’t! Anise is used as a flavoring agent (traditionally used in biscotti recipes) and to stimulate digestion, making it a great warming carminative. Anise is prohibited to buy in France over the counter because of its high 95% anethol content, but instead used to flavor and add an extra relaxation effect in “Pastis”, a liqueur that is a mainstay aperitif in Provence, France. In Greece, this absinthe wannabe (anise) is used to flavor Ouzo. In Aromatherapy, we use Anise as an anti-spasmodic in menstrual cramp formulas topically, or to relieve any other kind of spasm along with Lavender and Roman Chamomile. For internal use; Add to honey for tea, in candies or syrups, pancakes or anything you want a licorice flavor added to! Start with only 1 drop, this oil is very potent.
Use in: Bath, Diffuser, Food and Therapeutic Honey or Tinctures.
Contraindications: Do not use in pregnancy.
Do not use for children under 7 unless diluted.
Dilute on skin for sensitive individuals.
Warning - Star Anise (Illicium velum) is toxic. Make sure you are buying Anise seed Pimpinella anisum - always look at genus and species when buying oils!
True Anise oil contains waxes and solidify at cold temperatures. To liquify, warm in pocket or in warm place.