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.
- Analgesic, antiseptic, aperitive,
- Carminative (relieving flatulence)
- Emmenagogue (stimulating menstrual flow)
- Digestive, diuretic, expectorant, stomachic, stimulate
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. 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.
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.