Aniseed Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Illicium Verum
Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Colour: Pale Yellow
Perfumery Note: Middle
Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
Aromatic Description: Sharp, anise and liquorice-like aroma.
Possible Uses: Rheumatism, bronchitis, coughing, colic, indigestion/cramping, colds, flu. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 61-66.]
Constituents: (E)-anethole, foeniculin, methyl vhavicol, limonene, linalool, nerolidol and cinnamyl acetate. [E. Joy Bowles, The Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils (NSW, Australia: Allen & Unwin, 2003), 190.]
Safety Information: Lawless indicates that this oil is not a dermal irritant. Narcotic and slows circulation when used in large doses. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 152.]
Cautions to avoid Aniseed in cases of alcoholism, liver disease, paracetamol use, breast-feeding, pregnancy, endometriosis, certain cancers, hyperplasia, and damaged skin and with young children. [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 171.]
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