This steam distilled aniseed essential oil carries a warm and spicy scent and is widely used in aromatherapy.
An essence extracted from the dried, ripe fruit and seeds of the aniseed herb or syzygium anisatum; the oil has a medium viscosity and can solidify at cold temperature so may require hand-warming before use.
Aniseed originates from the Middle East; an annual herb with delicate feathery leaves and tiny white flowers and greyish-brown seeds. The oil was once venerated by the ancient Romans, Egyptians and Greeks; the Romans used it as an ingredient in a spicy cake known as ‘mustaceus’, while the Egyptians added it to bread.
Today, aniseed can be found in liqueurs and cordials, toothpastes and mouthwashes; in India, aniseed is used to freshen the breath, while in Turkey, aniseed seeds add the familiar flavour to the alcoholic drink ‘raki’.
Our 100% aniseed essential oil is available in bottle sizes from 10ml up to 5000ml.
Aniseed oil is a 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 the circulation and can cause cerebral congestion.
It must be avoided during pregnancy.