Anise Seed Oil

Anise Seed Oil - Pimpinella anisum

Anise seed oil contains the phenylpropane constituents, anethol and methylchavicol. If used in unreasonably high concentrations can cause negative effects. Increased secretion is a property associated with anethol. This oil will crystallize at cool temperatures due to the anethol content.

Anise seed oil (Pimpinella anisum) is not the same as anise star oil (Illicium vernum), which comes from the fruit of a tree.

Botanical Name - Pimpinella anisum

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distillation

Parts Used – Seed

Note Classification – Middle

Aroma - Fresh, sweet, spicy, licorice-like

Largest Producing Countries - Spain, Egypt, Greece, China

Traditional Use - The seed has a long history of use as a spice and medicine. Raki, a popular drink in Turkey, is flavored with the seed. Writings by Pliny suggest anise as a morning pick-me-up.

Properties - Analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperitive, carminative, digestant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant, and stomachic.

Benefits - Asthma, bronchitis, indigestion, coughs, cramp, flatulence, dysmenorrheal, insect bites, nausea, stress, headache. Anise has an affinity with the digestive system.

Blends Well With - Lavender, orange, other spice oils, pine, and rose.

Safety DataAnise seed oil may cause skin irritation or dermatitis. Avoid this oil while pregnant, breast feeding, or if you have a history of epilepsy.

Black Jack is an anise seed flavored chewing gum made by Cadbury Adams. The Adams Company first made the gum well into the 1970's when it was discontinued due to lagging sales. In 2002, the Cadbury Company bought Adams and they continue to manufacture the gum along with other nostalgic brands such as Beeman's.

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