Anise essential oil is derived from plant anise or aniseed (Pimpinella anisum). from the Apiaceae family.
Originally from Asia, it also grows in Mediterranean nations.It was the Romans who introduced anise to Europe, while early settlers brought it to North America. One of its primary uses was to promote digestive health. In ancient Rome, anise was often added (together with cumin and fennel) to a cake that was eaten after meals, while the Egyptians used the herb as an ingredient in breads.
Uses of Anise Oil
Anise oil – from cooking to flavorings to medications.
Pain reliever – Provides relief for arthritic pain
Antiseptic – Used to clean wounds and help protect against infections
Decongestant/expectorant – Helps eliminate congestion in the respiratory tract
Breast milk production – Has phytoestrogenic properties
Libido enhancer – Used in ancient times as a sex driver enhancer and as an aphrodisiac
Natural head lice remover – Like coconut oil, anise oil is a safer alternative to chemical lice treatments
Insecticide – The oil is toxic to insects
Fragrance – Added to soaps, detergents, lotions, and skin creams
Benefits of Anise Oil
Anise oil and anethol have antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, stimulant, and expectorant properties.
The essential oil can also relieve indigestion, flatulence,
The oil loosens mucus or phlegm in the respiratory tract and helps ease breathing troubles, asthma, and other respiratory issues.