Aniseed was used in day-to-day life by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and the Romans. Its essential oil has a slightly sedative effect on the spirit, so it’s a lovely oil to diffuse in times of stress.
Aniseed essential oil uses
Aniseed essential oil has a long history as a natural remedy. Aniseed oil is thought to be an antiseptic, so it’s often applied topically to wounds. Thanks to its antispasmodic properties, it’s often used for the relief of hiccups, coughs, and stomach aches.
Many find that aniseed essential oil helps to relieve gas, so it’s a good idea to add a few drops to your diffuser before and after a meal if you experience discomfort after eating.
Aromatherapists also use aniseed oil to ease congestion. Add a little to hot water and inhale the steam to clear blocked sinuses and the symptoms of a cold. There’s a warming quality to this distinctive scent that helps soothe muscular aches at the same time.
Aniseed essential oil benefits
If you love the scent of aniseed, it’s one that also has positive effects on our emotions. Aniseed essential oil is said to help us to let go of anger, and it works to reduce stress levels. Dab a few drops on a tissue to keep with you during busy days or diffuse before bedtime to enjoy the mildly sedative effects while you prepare for sleep.
Cautions: Aniseed oil is very potent and the anethole contained in it can cause dermatitis in some individuals. It is best avoided in problem skin conditions. In large doses, it can also slow down circulation and cause cerebral congestion. It must be avoided during pregnancy.