Anise oil or aniseed oil and anethol have antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, stimulant and expectorant properties. This is why anise oil is often used or added to medicine, such as cough syrups and lozenges. Anise essential oil also displays potent antioxidant action. The antibacterial properties of anise oil make it useful against bacterial strains like Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, Escherichia coli and Corynebacterium ovis.
The health benefits of Anise essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an anti-epileptic, anti-hysteric, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperient, carminative, cordial, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, insecticide, sedative, stimulant, and a vermifuge substance.
Add a few drops of aniseed essential oil to your diffuser for a nice licorice scent. It’s also a great relaxer and a known bronchodilator. So use it to calm your nerves and ease your congestion, coughs and colds.
What oils blend well with anise? Anise essential oil blends well with spicy oils like caraway, cardamom, cedarwood and mandarin essential oils.
Botanical name: Pimpinella anisum.
Anise is not the same as star anise (Illicium verum).
Color: None. It’s colorless.
Smell: Anise oil has a strong licorice scent.
Compounds in the oil:
Trans-anethole is the main compound in anise oil. It can make up more than 60% of the oil, sometimes even 90%. The oil may also contain gamma-himachalene, limonene, p-allyl anethole, beta-selinene, and estragole.
Source: Dr Mercola, Organic Facts, About Essential Oils