Aniseed Essential Oil: Properties, Uses, Composition and Safety

Oil Name: Aniseed Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Pimpinella Anisum

Oil Overview

Aniseed essential oil is of medium viscosity. It will solidify at low temperatures and it may need to be warmed before use.

Oil Sources

Aniseed originated from the Middle East and is now cultivated in Europe, USA and North Africa. The oil is extracted from the seeds of the plant by steam distillation.

Essential or Carrier Oil?

Essential Oil

Chemical Content

Anisic, Anethole, Methylchavicol and Limonene.


Herbaceous, Minty

Therapeutic Properties:

Antiseptic, Anti-spasmodic, Carminative, Diuretic, Expectorant, Galactogogue, Insecticide, Laxative, Parasiticide

Possible Uses

Bronchitis, Catarrh, Colic, Cramps, Flatulence, Hangovers, Indigestion, Muscular Aches and Pains, Rheumatism, Whooping Cough


Irritant to Sensitive Skin, pregnancy: Not suitable for pregnant mothers

Detail of Warnings

Aniseed is a very potent oil. It contains anethole that can cause dermatitis, so avoid in problem skin conditions.
In large doses it can slow down the circulation and can cause cerebral congestion.
It must be avoided during pregnancy.

Compatible Combination Oils

Caraway, Cardomom, Cedarwood, Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Mandarin, Petitgrain, Rosewood


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