Essential Oil

Anise Oil

Pimpinella anisum

Anise essential oil, with its spicy, sweet, licorice-like aroma, is a traditional oil for the belly. It can ease that “too full” feeling that might follow a big meal, and may offer relief if your stomach feels clenched, tight, full of pressure, or queasy. Our anise essential oil is steam distilled from organically grown brown pods of anise seed flowers in Spain. The essential oil is unique to the Eastern Mediterranean and Southwest Asia, and is different from the popular spice, star anise (which is harvested from an evergreen tree).

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Benefits and uses

The brown pods of the white-flowering Pimpinella anisum plant create a sweet, herbaceous, spicy, warm, licorice-like essential oil. Along with helping soothe the digestive system, anise essential oil is also fantastic when looking to formulate blends for reducing pain and inflammation. This essential oil may help reduce unwanted muscle spasms and unwanted viral activity. Anise essential oil is helpful when looking to support healthy lung function, especially when experiencing a cold or the flu.

Emotionally and energetically, anise essential oil is uplifting and comforting, and especially welcome in blends when one is feeling overly withdrawn or fearful. This essential oil increases mental clarity, provides inner strength, and sparks motivation.

Plant Part
  • Seeds
Organically Grown
Botanical Family
Apiaceae (Umberlliferae)
Extraction Methods
Steam Distilled
  • Middle
Chemical Families
  • Ethers
  • Anise-like
  • Herbaceous
  • Spicy
  • Sweet
  • Warm and Radiant
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  • Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd ed. Brisbane: International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, 2003. Print.
  • Tisserand, Robert, and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014. Print.
Shelf Life

5 years

Safety & Warnings
  • Tisserand states that trans-anethole has weak estrogen-like activity, and is contraindicated during pregnancy, breastfeeding, endometriosis, any estrogen-related cancers, and children under five years of age. Oral doses are not recommended for people taking diabetes medication, diuretic medication, renal insufficiency, and edematous disorders. Also, may interfere with anticoagulant medications or bleeding disorders. When oxidized, it may be skin sensitizing. For topical applications, Tisserand suggests 2.4% dilution.
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