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Greek Anise Essential Oil
Common name: Aniseed, anise
Latin name: Pimpinella anisum
Botanical family:Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)
Method of extraction:distilled at our organically certified distillery
Plant part used to extract the oil: dry seeds
Cultivation method: conventional
Area of origin:Aniseed is native to Greece.
The name "anise" is derived via Old French from the Latin word ‘anisum’ or Greek ‘anison’, referring to dill.
Aniseed is native to the eastern Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia.
It is used to flavour the famous Greek aperitif – ouzo - which is said to have been the work of a group of 14th-century monks on Mount Athos.
Main chemical constituents: trans-anethole, methyl chavicol (estragole), anisealdehyde, linalol, others
Aroma strength: strong
Perfumery note: top
Aroma: characteristic, intense, sweet, liquorish-or fennel-like
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses:
Traditionally in aromatherapy treatments aniseed essential is associated with the following therapeutic properties: analgesic,antimicrobial, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, carminative,digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, galactagogue, oestrogenic, stimulant, stomachic
Qualified aromatherapists may use aniseed essential oil for common complaints such as:
digestive system – dyspepsia, colic, flatulence
respiratory issues – cough, chronic bronchial asthma, wheezing, conditions with profuse white phlegm, chesty colds
- How we use it:
- Inhalation / Vapourisation:
- For respiratory congestion blend with our Black pine and Silver fir orFrankincense
- For digestive problems such as indigestion and flatulence blend with our Sweet orange - dilute in a fixed oil (carrier oil) and massage the lower abdomen.
Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information
Tisserand and Young state that this oil is potentially carcinogenic (based on estragole content) as well as reproductive hormone modulator and may inhibit blood clotting. It is contraindicated for pregnancy, breastfeeding, endometriosis, oestrogen-dependent cancers and children under the age of 5. Although EU does not restrict the use of this oil, IFRA recommends a maximum dermal use level at 0.2%. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, 'Essential Oil Safety' (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 196.]
Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information.
Research and studies:
- Review of Pharmacological Properties and Chemical Constituents of Pimpinellaanisum
- The influence of essential oil of aniseed (Pimpinellaanisum, L.) on drug effects on the central nervous system.
Margaret Pawlaczyk-Karlinski MSc. (Hons.), Cert. Ed., M.I.F.A., NHS reg.