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Aniseed Oil Health Benefits

Aniseed or anise is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae native to the eastern Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia. Anise oil is extracted from the dried fruits, and is very similar to, though rather coarser than, that distilled from anise seeds. The flowers are yellow, compound umbels and its leaves are feather shaped.

 

The greenish-brown, ridged seeds are used for food or the drug. Anise Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an anti-epileptic, anti-hysteric, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, aperient, carminative, cordial, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, insecticide, sedative, stimulant and vermifuge substance.

 

It can be useful in diffuser and inhaler blends intended to help ease bronchitis, colds and the flu.

 

The oil has been used commercially since the 1800s. The fragrance is used in food, soap, creams, and perfumes. Its ability to decrease bloating and settle the digestive tract still is used today, especially in paediatrics.

 

Anise essential oil is very toxic and dangerous, a real poison for the nervous system, causing a muscular numbness followed by paralysis.

 

Since 1959, it has been under strict controls from the Ministry of Health in France. It can be more dangerous than pure alcohol, and should never be left where children might find it.

 

The main property of anise is digestive, as has been appreciated for so long, especially in Indian and Chinese medicine.

 

The tisane helps indigestion due to anxiety and nervousness, and nervous palpitations, relieving breathing and promoting relaxation after a meal. Drinking the tisane or chewing seeds very slowly, as they do in India can prevent hiccoughs and flatulence.

 

In foods, anise is used as a flavouring agent. It has a sweet, aromatic taste that resembles the taste of black licorice. It is commonly used in alcohols and liqueurs, such as anisette and ouzo.

 

For migraines or vertigo, use 2-3 drops on a handkerchief and inhale periodically. Also useful for digestive problems. Not recommended for use if pregnant. May cause stomach irritation and dizziness, so do not exceed recommended dosage.

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