A warm and spicy-sweet aroma, anise oil is derived from the Pimpinella anisum plant. In aromatherapy, anise oil:
Offers soothing tranquility for the mind, body, and spirit**
Helps instill a sense of balance, especially during meditation**
Uplifts the spirits**
What is Anise?
An annual herbaceous plant, anise (Pimpinella anisum) is a member of the carrot (Apiaceae) family. Also known as aniseed, it can reach a modest height of 2 feet tall, and has divided leaves and small white flowers that grow in bunches. Anise is native to the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Asia, but has an international cultural presence thanks to its wonderfully distinct aroma and licorice-like flavor, and its various uses across the board.
Anise’s historical presence can be traced back to the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. The famous Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder described using Anise as his morning pick-me-up, and Iranian traditional wellness practices uses anise for several benefits. Anise has even been used to scent fishing lines to lure fish in for the catch!
Anise Essential Oil
In aromatherapy, it’s important to know the difference between Anise Oil and Star Anise Oil. While their aromas may be similar, these oils are derived from two different plants, star anise (Illicium verum) coming from an herb of the same name in the Magnolia family.
Steam distilled from the small, grey-brown seeds, anise essential oil has an aroma that is altogether warm, spicy, and sweet, with subtle notes of licorice. It is popular in aromatherapy for its soothing properties, and offers a sense of balance, making it popular in meditation. Its scent can also be rather uplifting to some, especially those who are drawn to masculine scents.
Blending essential oils opens up a world of wellness possibilities! Other oils that complement anise oil’s spicy-sweet fragrance include: bay, black pepper, cajeput, caraway, chamomile, eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, myrrh, orange, pine, petitgrain, rose, and rosewood oils.
PipingRock's pure Anise Oil is available in 1/2 oz. & 2 oz. bottles.
Anise Oil Directions for Use
Add 3-5 drops of Anise Oil to a diffuser or vaporizer, to a bowl of steaming water or a hot bath to fill a room with its warm scent. To use topically, add ~5 drops of Anise Oil to ~10 mL of any PipingRock carrier oil.
Anise Oil is for external use only and should be diluted in a carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed or avocado oil before being used topically. Do not apply to broken or irritated skin. Always consult your trusted physician before adding any essential oil to your regimen, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking any medications. Discontinue use and alert your doctor should an adverse reaction occur. Keep out of reach of children and away from eyes and mouth. Essential oils are flammable.