Green Valley Aromatherapy


General Properties of Aniseed Essential Oil

  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • carminative
  • diuretic
  • galactagogue
  • stimulant

Origin: Spain. Steam distilled from the seeds. Top note.

Description of Aniseed Essential Oil

Aniseed is an herb. Some of the countries of origin for the essential oil are Spain, Egypt, Central and South America and India. The seeds are steam distilled to create an essential oil that is slightly yellow in color.

Aniseed is a popular essential oil with soap makers because of its strong, fresh scent. In aromatherapy it is usually blended with something else to aid upper respiratory conditions, is good for indigestion and may help to relieve flatulence. Aniseed essential oil was considered one of the main medicinal plants in Greece, China, Egypt, India and Rome. Pythagoras thought it to be an excellent appetizer! Aniseed essential oil may be good to use for nervous dyspepsia, or those who suffer from digestive migraines. Consult an aromatherapist for more information.

Aniseed essential oil can contain up to 90% trans-anethol, which, when taken in high doses or if taken for a long period of time, can cause a narcotic effect, slowing circulation, which can cause damage to the brain. Its effects are cumulative and may also cause dermatitis in some individuals. For those with sensitive systems it would be best to use another essential oil with similar properties (for example Fennel essential oil) to ensure safety.

Specific Cautions for Aniseed Essential Oil

Can be stupefying in high doses. Avoid in endometriosis and estrogen dependent cancers. Use caution with hypersensitive skin or skin problems. Avoid during pregnancy.

References about Aniseed Essential Oil

Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. (Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications for Aniseed Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Pimpinella anisum
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Appearance: Clear Liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.