Hemani Aniseeds Essential Oil 30ml
As one of the strongest oils of all, aniseed should only be used with great care but the results can be incredible.
Aromatic anise seeds, a revered digestive tonic of the Greeks and Romans, are still used in confectionery and as flavoring for alcoholic beverages, especially Pernod and Turkish rake. The oil is steam-distilled from the seeds of this perennial herb of the Middle East. It has a rich, pervasively spicy-sweet odor resembling liquor ice.
Aniseed is potently therapeutic; warming and enlivening the body, it can be used to invigorate the mind and stimulate the circulation. Its powerful action on the digestive system quells nausea and vomiting and eases indigestion and flatulence. Its expectorant properties are also useful in treating respiratory infections. The potency of aniseed needs to be respected, however. It is recommended for use only when you become more proficient in the art of aromatherapy.
Aniseed is unusual, being low in aldehydes, alcohols and terpenes, but high in phenols and phenolic ethers.
- Ethers - Anethole - Anethole, a phenolic ether, is the principal compound, making up 75-90 per cent of the oil.
- Phenols - Phenols and phenolic ethers are known as bactericides and they contain potent compounds that help to stimulate the immune and nervous systems.
- Warning - In large amounts, anethole has narcotic and neurotoxic effects. It can cause circulatory problems and has been linked to dermatitis. Any oil with high amounts of phenols should be used in low amounts over short periods of time.
You should be careful when using aniseed oil, but that does not mean you have to avoid it completely. Stick to gentle inhalation techniques to avoid causing damage to sensitive skin.
- Aniseed is used to flavor cough lilies and aniseed balls as its flavor is sweet and distinctive. In cough lilies, it is famed for its ability to relieve bronchial complaints.
- It is also often used as flavoring in toothpaste, where its antiseptic qualities help flavor the breath and keep teeth clean.
Star anise, an oil extracted from an evergreen tree native to China, India and Vietnam, shares many properties with aniseed. Their aromas are almost identical and they share chemical components including ethanol and meth chavicol. Consequently, the oils have similar properties and are often used interchangeably. Star anise is less likely to irritate skin, but should still be used with caution and avoided altogether during pregnancy.
Aniseed in a vaporizer or steam inhalation eases hay fever, head colds and bronchial complaints such as asthma. It also quells vomiting and nausea. Place a few drops on a handkerchief to ease digestive problems, travel sickness and panic attacks from vertigo.
Inhaling aniseed enhances relaxation and soothes sleep patterns. It relieves stress from overwork and eases heartache.
A revered herb of the ancient Middle Eastern civilizations, aniseed is one of the oldest spices to have been used for magical purposes and healing.
- The Ancient Romans believed aniseed to be an aphrodisiac. Cakes flavored with the spice were served at the end of a marriage feast to relax nervous couples before they retired to bed.
- Aniseed is reputed to avert the evil eye. It is also believed to deter venomous snakes such as vipers.
- Aniseed was widely cultivated by monks in medieval gardens to be used in the monastery for its purifying properties, precipitating the herb's spread throughout Northern Europe.
- Aniseed was so valued in biblical times that it was used to pay taxes and rents.
Aniseed helps to ease your headaches and migraines - especially in cases where stress is a causative factor.
Make up a vaporizer blend to ease tension headaches by mixing up 5-10 drops from a combination of the following oils:
Place the vaporizer nearby and relax with your eyes closed until the headache begins to ease.
Country of Origin: Pakistan
Ingredients: Aniseeds Oil
Product Weight: 1.01 FL OZ (30ml)
Storage Instructions: Keep in Cool & Dry Place.