Not many people know about anise seed essential oil other than it smells like black licorice. Anise is a flowering plant. It's been used in cooking from the days before the Romans. These days, it is produced mainly in China, Spain and Egypt. Its botanical name is Pimpinella anisum.
Anise Seed Oil is used all over the world for its use in liquors. The most popular drink in Turkey called Raki, is made with Anise. It is also used in Greece to make Ouzo, Sambucca in Italy, Jagermeister in Germany .... and the list goes on.
But did you know that it actually carries a ton of pretty amazing health benefits?
Let's delve a little further!
Anti-epileptic & Anti-hysteric:
- Anise essential oil has a sedative effect, and therefore can assist with calming down epileptic and hysteric attacks by slowing down circulation, respiration and nervous response.
- It has a sedating effect in nervous afflictions, hyper reactions and convulsions.
- Can give relief from rheumatic and arthritic pains by stimulating blood circulation, and by reducing the sensation of pain in the affected areas.
- This essential oil also has anti-septic properties and give wounds an effective protective layer against infections and sepsis.
- Can assist with cramps, coughs, aches, nervous afflictions, diarrhea and convulsions.
- The essential oil has relaxing and anti-spasmodic properties, and can thereby relax these contractions and give relief from the ailments mentioned above.
- Gas pains can be painful. It can be a very serious ailment and must be treated in as such.
- It can cause indigestion, flatulence, acute chest pain, stomach aches, muscular cramps and pains.
- It may also be the cause of rheumatism in the long run.
- Anise essential oil promotes the removal of gases and as a digestive, it does not let it form, as indigestion is the cause of excess gas.
- Anise seed oil has a warming effect on the respiratory and the circulatory systems. This property helps ward off colds, phlegm, and problems like rheumatism and arthritis.
- Clears congestion in the lungs and the respiratory tracts for conditions like asthma and bronchitis.
- People have been treating digestive problems for centuries with anise, so it is no surprise that this oil helps in aiding digestion.
- A wonderful oil that has expectorant properties.
- It helps to loosen mucus or phlegm deposited in the lungs and respiratory tracts and gives relief from cough, heaviness in the chest, breathing troubles, asthma, bronchitis, congestion and other respiratory disorders.
- The essential oil of anise is toxic to insects and smaller animals; therefore, its smell keeps insects away.
- Anise oil has a sedative effect and is often used to provide relief to those suffering from anxiety, nervous afflictions, anger, stress and depression.
- It is also beneficial in helping to combat insomnia
- The stimulating property of anise essential oil can benefit us by boosting our metabolism.
- It can also help stimulate the nervous system and the brain to make us more alert.
A word of caution: if taken in heavy doses, its sedative properties may slow down circulation and respiration. Small house animals as well as birds should not be given any anise seed oil. Only administer to children under the direct supervision of a physician. It is also best to avoid this oil during pregnancy. It can aggravate certain types of cancer due to its effect on the estrogen hormone. Never ingest essential oils as they can be extremely harmful as they are bottled in extremely high concentrated dosages.
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