Anise oil comes from the anise herb and is usually used for treating upset stomach and intestinal gas. It has a wide array of health benefits and is commonly used as a pain reliever, decongestant, sedative, insecticide and natural head lice remover. It helps treat:
- Rheumatism; and,
- Muscle aches.
Anise oil is used by women to increase the production of breast milk, treat menstrual pain and discomfort, increase sex drive and ease the process of childbirth. This essential oil is used as a substitute for licorice flavor because it contains a distinctive black licorice aroma. It is also utilized as a flavoring in candies, gelatins, puddings, liquors, alcohols and dairy products.
Pro tips: If you’re suffering from dysmenorrhea, gently massage a few drops of anise oil on your abdominal area to relieve your menstrual cramps.
Traditionally, Greeks and Romans use aniseed oil as flavoring for their alcoholic beverages as well as in their confectionery. Today, it is widely used as flavoring in toothpaste and mouthwash. It is utilized as herbal steam, herbal tea, massage oil and flavoring for culinary dishes. It is also used to treat:
- Muscle and joint pain;
- Whooping cough;
- Fungal infections;
- Nausea and vertigo.
Aniseed oil is effective as an insecticide and it helps kill lice, mosquitoes, water fleas and dust mites.
Aniseed oil is considered one of the most powerful essential oils. It cannot be ingested directly, but only in aromatherapy, vapor therapy or, once diluted, by direct application to the skin.
Pro tips: Use 2-3 drops of aniseed oil via steam inhalation to alleviate nausea or quell hiccups.