Scientifically referred to as Pimpinella anisum, anise oil is a native of South-West Asia and the Mediterranean region. Anise can be used in several forms; the most commonly employed form being oil. Anise oil is a yellow colored, pale, viscous oil. It is an aromatherapy essential oil and hence has been used in aromatherapy since primitive times.
Let us take a look at some of the properties of anise oil that make it such an important essential oil in aromatherapy.
- Anise essential oil is an effective carminative. It ameliorates the state of the gastrointestinal tract by preventing the formation of gas in the stomach, thereby combating flatulence. Also, it enhances appetite and promotes digestion.
- Anise essential oil is also known to be very effective against cramps, especially those in the respiratory tract and stomach.
- Anise essential oil is also a good expectorant and helps relieve cold and cough.
- Anise essential oil is also an effective antiseptic. It may be used to quickly heal cuts and wounds and also prevent septic infection.
- The odor of anise essential oil resembles that of licorice. As such, it can also be used as a mouthwash to relieve bad breath.
- Anise essential oil can also be used as a powerful insect repellant due to its pungent and strong smell.
- Anise oil is a potent emmenagogue. It stimulates the female reproductive system and regulates the menstrual cycle, thereby helping relieve pre-menstrual symptoms. Anise essential oil also stimulates the onset of menstruation.
- Anise essential oil has anti-spasmodic properties and can be used to cure spasms.
- Anise essential oil is an effective laxative. It relaxes the body and also serves to relieve pain in the muscles. It is also effective in curing insomnia.
- Anise essential oil can be used to get rid of lice and ticks from the scalp due to its insect repellant properties.
- Anise oil can be used to clean and purify the intestinal tract by enhancing bowel movements, thereby preventing constipation.
- Anise oil can also be used in culinary preparations.
- Anise oil can either be used directly on the skin or consumed in preparations like tea. It can also be inhaled as an infusion. However, while applying the oil directly on your body, you must remember to dilute it with a carrier oil like jojoba or olive oil. It may cause adverse effects, if used without dilution. Also, you should consult an aromatherapy specialist before you use it to treat different ailments.