Aniseed Essential Oil (pimpinella anisum)
It was a highly prized commodity in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.
The Greeks used the seeds for the treatment of coughs, colds and even bad dreams.
In Turkey a popular alcoholic drink, raki, is made from the seeds.
In Tibetan medicine a blend of aniseed and nutmeg oil is used in a lotion for anxiety, depression and other neurotic systems.
Aniseed essential oil can be used as a room freshener,
to help clear tense nervous headaches
or be added to a bath to ease tension and aching muscles.
Use in a burner or vaporiser for asthma, or add a few drops onto a tissue and inhale for colds or sinus problems, as well as for quelling nausea digestive problems, vomiting and vertigo.
Aniseed's therapeutic properties are as an expectorant, stimulant, laxative, carminative and antispasmodic.
Aroma: strong and sweet, liquorice-like.
Note: Avoid in allergic skin conditions or on problem skin.
Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding.