Aniseed Essential Oil (Spain)
Product Name: Aniseed Essential Oil (Spain)
Botanic Name: Pimpinella anisum
Botanical Name: Pimpinella anisum
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Description: Aniseed is the fruit of the annual anise plant of the parsley family (Umbelliferae). It grows up to 60cm in height and is umbelliferous in appearance with leaves varying in shape from heart-shaped to feathery. The fruits are covered with short hairs and each contains two dark seeds with light ribs.
Aromatic Scent: Aniseed Essential Oil has a spicy-sweet characteristic scent.
Blends well with: Bay, Cardamom, Caraway, Cedarwood, Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Mandarin, Petitgrain, and Rosewood.
Common Uses: Because of its high anethole content, Aniseed is considered to have antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, diuretic, and expectorant properties. Additionally, it is reputed to control lice and itch mite.
Historical: Revered by ancient civilizations, particularly in the Middle East, Aniseed has long been used in cooking and in bread-making. The Romans hailed it as an aphrodisiac, and in India, the seeds are still chewed to sweeten the breath. It is widely used as a spice in cooking, and as an ingredient in toothpastes and mouthwashes. Aniseed oil is very popular amongst soap-makers because the fresh spicy scent eliminates the smell of onions and fish on the hands when used by cooks, and masks the odor of humans when used by fishermen and hunters.