Anise Seed Pimpinella anisum
ANISE SEED Pimpinella anisum What makes the flavor of black licorice? Anise oil! Many love it, many don’t! Anise is used as a flavoring agent (traditionally used in biscotti recipes) and to stimulate digestion, making it a great warming carminative. Anise is prohibited to buy in France over the counter because of its high 95% anethol content, but instead used to flavor and add an extra relaxation effect in “Pastis”, a liqueur that is a mainstay aperitif in all of France. In Greece, this absinthe wannabe (anise) is used to flavor Ouzo. In Aromatherapy, we use Anise as an anti-spasmodic in menstrual cramp formulas, or to relieve any other kind of spasm along with lavender and Roman Chamomile. Add to Honey for tea, in candies or syrups, pancakes or anything you want a licorice flavor added to! Start with only 1 drop, this oil is very potent.
Use in: Bath, Compress, Food and Therapeutic Honey or Tinctures.
Contraindications: Do not use in pregnancy Do not use for children under 7 unless diluted. Dilute on skin for sensitive individuals
Warning - Star Anise (Illicium velum) is toxic. Make sure you are buying Anise seed Pimpinella anisum - always look at genus and species when buying oils!
True Anise oil contains waxes and solidify at cold temperatures. To liquify, warm in pocket or in warm place.