Anise, Pimpinella aniusm Essential Oil

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Anise, Pipinella aniusm

Common Name:  Anise

Botanical Name:  Pimpinella anisum

Family:  Apiaceae or Umberllifarae


Composition:  100% Pure Anise Essential Oil


Method of Extraction:  Steam Distilled

Cultivation / Harvesting:  Wild Harvest

Plant Part:  Seed (harvested August and September) – considered the ‘fruit’

Color:  Clear

Consistency:  Thin

Properties:   analgesic, antibacterial, anticonvulsant, antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, antiviral, aperitive (stimulates appetite), aromatic, carminative (relieves flatulence/gas), digestive, disinfectant, diuretic, emmenagogue (stimulates menstrual flow), expectorant, GABA ergic effects, galactagogue, insecticidal (against mosquitoes), for melancholy, muscle relaxant, reduces nightmares, stomachic, and is stimulating

Chakras Affected:  7th or Crown

Constituents:  Eugenol trans-anethole (93.9%), estragole(2.4%), γ-hymachalen, para-anisaldehyde and methyl cavicol. 1.5–6.0 mass % of a volatile oil consisting primarily of trans-anethole and also as much as 8–11 mass % of lipids rich in fatty acids, such as palmitic and oleic acids, as well as approximately 4 mass % of carbohydrates, and 18 mass % of protein.  Methylchavicol, anisaldehyde, coumarins, scopoletin, umbelliferone, estrols, terpene hydrocarbons, polyenes, and polyacetylenes as the major compounds of the essential oil of anise seed.  All of these present with a concentration higher than 0.06%: (E)-methyleugenol, α-cuparene, α-himachalene, β-bisabolene, p-anisaldehyde, and cis-anethole

Seeds contain 1.5-5 % essential oil.  

Historical uses:  As a morning pick me and as a spice.  Used in Iranian traditional medicine as carminative, aromatic, disinfectant and galactagogue (increase mother’s milk production).  Primarily used as a flavoring, digestive carminative (colic for infants) and to relieve gastrointestinal spasms.  Woman who take aniseed during nursing see an increase in milk production and a decrease in their infant’s gastrointestinal problems.  Anise has been used for the treatment of epilepsy and seizures and to reduce nightmares.  Can replace morphine dependence and has beneficial effects on dysmenorrhea and menopausal hot flashes in women.

Safety & Side effects:  Can cause dermatitis in some individuals.  Sensitive people should use caution and test skin with a small application of oil or use with a carrier oil (dermal maximum of 2.4%).  Avoid topically in children under 5 years old.  Avoid if oil has been oxidized.  Avoid during pregnancy and in people with estrogen-dependent cancers

Interactions:  In diabetic patients, has shown hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effect and reduce lipid peroxidation.

Recommended Use:  For infant colic and flatulence:  1 drop essential oil in warm water or dropped in 1 tsp. honey, served orally.

Notes:  One of the oldest medicinal plants known

Aromatherapy Notes

Perfumery note:   Top Note

Appearance:   Clear

Aroma:  Fresh, spicy, sweet licorice-like aroma, rich

Strength of initial aroma:  Medium

Blends well with:  Before bed: Roman chamomile, Melissa or neroli.  For infections: thyme or hyssop.  Chest rub: eucalyptus.  Blends well with cardamom, caraway, cedarwood, coriander, dill, fennel, mandarin, petitgrain and rosewood

Luxurious Floral Blend (from ACHS)

Bergamot C. aurantium var. bergamia (top note)

Anise Pimpinella anisum (L.) (top note)

Geranium Pelargonium graveolens (L’Her.) (middle note)

Jasmine Jasminum grandiflorum (L.) absolute (middle/base note)

Sandalwood Santalum album (L.) (base note)

Able to be Diffused?  YES

Pimpinella asisum is an incredible herb and should be seriously considered by people looking for an alternative that offers many benefits.

~Dr. Kellie Cooney

A Review of Pharmacological Properties and Chemical Constituents of Pimpinella asisum can be found here.

by Dr. Kellie Cooney

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Ethnology is the study of the culture, botany and study of plants and their relationship with people.  Ethnomedicine is the study of how indigenous people use plants as medicines.  Ethnomedicinal Notes are written by Dr. Kellie Cooney for the purpose of educating others on the safe and effective use of herbal medicines and essential oils and published through the Institute of Ethnobotanical and Aromatic Studies (IEAS).  For more information, please email Dr. Cooney at

Any ideas presented here are our opinions only, and nothing written or disclosed is intended to diagnose or treat any medical disease. Patients are always urged to consult directly with their primary care provider or other health professional(s), and come to their own conclusions only after seeking the qualified advice of such competent medical professionals.


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