Guide to Essential Oils: Aniseed

Monday, February 10

Extracted from the seeds of the herb Pimpinella Anisum, aniseed essential oil is one of the strongest and most potent essential oils available. It should only be used in small doses occasionally, and not heavily over a long period of time. Warm, spicy and invigorating, it’s an incredible oil that is one of the best at stimulating our entire bodies. January is over, but the weather is still cold and I’m sure that some of the new years energy is now starting to wane. If you’re finding it hard to keep motivated and energised, then maybe using some aniseed essential oil is just what you need to give you a boost. 

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Aniseed oil works by having high levels of phenol and phenolic esters, which are highly efficient at stimulating the nervous and immune systems when taken in small doses. By encouraging blood circulation, aniseed oil improves blood flow to every part of your body, including your brain, making you more alert and awake. Try adding two drops to a handkerchief to sniff throughout the day and keep you aware, perceptive and attentive.

It’s because of aniseed oil’s ability to increase circulation that makes it an amazing anti-spasmodic. If you have painful cramps, aches, a persistent cough or anything that indicates your muscles are not relaxed, a bath with a couple of drops of aniseed added can really help ease your muscles and make you feel more comfortable. Even better, blend a drop or two of aniseed oil with a carrier oil and massage into the area where you’re experiencing muscle pain. 

Aniseed oil is particularly renowned amongst aromatherapists for it’s ability to treat bronchitis, flu, cold and symptoms of asthma. Adding a couple of drops in an oil burner can help clear congestion in the respiratory tract and lungs, and it is remarkable at removing phlegm and mucus. 

Aniseed oil really is a master of it’s arts, and by stimulating circulation, metabolism and blood flow to the brain, is a pure energy boost in concentrated form. Invigorating and potent, it’s just what we need at this time of year to keep our bodies healthy and alert. 

Aniseed essential oil contains anethole, which can cause skin irritation and even cause dermatitis. Because of this, don’t use it as a facial oil or in concentrated forms on your skin. Diluting with bath water or in a massage oil though is absolutely fine. 

Aniseed oil is an essential oil that should be avoided during pregnancy or if you have cancer. 

At high doses and with prolonged use, aniseed essential oil has a different effect on our bodies. It turns into a narcotic and can be neurotoxic, adversely affecting your circulation. Only use in small, diluted doses and not over prolonged periods of time (ie: every day for a few months) 

Do you use aniseed essential oil? How do you find it? 


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