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Anise (Aniseed)
Pimpinella anisum

Plant Origin: Egypt
Method: Steam distilled from seeds
Cultivation: Unsprayed (grown organically but not certified)
Chemical Family: Phenolic ether
Aroma: Distinctive of rich, sweet licorice
Note (Evaporation Rate): Top
Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis: Lot# ANS-101 
(E) anethole 78.07%
Limonene 14.58%
Estragole 1.13%


Children? Avoid use with children under 5 (due to estrogenic properties).
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding? Not suitable due to (E) anethole content (Tisserand/Young). Balacs writes in Hormones and Health: "The oestrogenic effects of aniseed are relatively weak but suggest that it would be safe not to use orally during pregnancy and breast feeding."
Medication/Health Condition? Contraindicated Orally: Anticoagulant, Diabetes, Diuretic medication; Major Surgery, Peptic Ulcer, Hemophilia (see Safety information below)
Therapeutic Uses
Anise essential oil may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following:
Bronchial spasms 
Chronic illness 
Digestion (dyspepsia, gas, indigestion, intestinal spasms, nausea, vomiting) Epilepsy (sedative effect can calm epileptic and hysteric attacks if taken in high dosage under care of health care professional) 
Headaches (digestive-linked)  
Heart (cardiovascular erethism, palpitations, fatigued) 
Hunting scent mask
Increasing breastmilk 
Lactation, may improve milk supply 
Mental Clarity 
Migraines (digestive-linked) 
Mucus, sinus, throat 
Nervous breathing 
Parasites, intestinal 
Taste, restore
Uterus tonic (may facilitate delivery) 
Weak constitution 
Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D wrote in The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (p. 133) that 1-3 drops of Anise in a glass of water may stabilize heartbeat and breathing. Schnaubelt also mentions using Anise to help restore taste and regain appetite (inhaled or using a drop daily).

Aniseed essential oil killed 100% of the adult lice and their eggs when diluted 50:50 with water. (The herbal infusion of Aniseed was not effective.) For a full protocol, please see No Lice!
Aromatherapy Global Online Research Archives

Deer Hunters Use Anise
Deer hunters report that Anise essential oil not only covers human scent, but also seems to attract deer.
One simple technique is to:
- Dilute Anise with fractionated Coconut oil (or any non-aromatic cooking oil)
- Pour this over a small rag
- Place the rag in a small zip-loc bag, remove all the air and seal
- At the hunting site, remove the rag from the bag and wipe over exposed skin and hunting boots - anything that can tolerate the oil
- If the hunter is going to stay in one place, he can hang it on a tree limb or place it on the ground and cover slightly with leaves or debris

Fisherman's Friend
Anise has earned the moniker "fisherman's friend" because it is said to remove all traces of human scent, and it is believed to attract fish when applied to the fishing lures.
Application Suggestions: (See Essential Oil Usage) for more information and a dilution chart.)

*See SAFETY information at the bottom of this page.

Topical: Dilute with a carrier oilunscented lotion or unscented cream and apply on area of concern or as desired. Consider using a roll-on applicator for ease of application of prediluted oil. Tisserand/Young suggest a dermal maximum of 2.4% (which is about 21 drops in an ounce of carrier oil).

Inhalation: Diffuse or use a personal Nasal Inhaler

Internal: Aniseed is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate. The maximum adult daily dose is 2 drops. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much.Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application.  Click here for more information about internal usage. 

Schnaubelt suggests 1-3 drops Anise orally for heart beat and breathing issues.

According to Battaglia, "Many herbalists suggest taking anise seed essential oil internally. Holmes suggest 2-4 drops in a little warm water. The German Commission E Monographs suggest 0.3 g essential oil as a bronchial expectorant for upper respiratory tract congestion and for dyspeptic complaints."

Schnaubelt suggests that the preferred mode of use is internal and that: "a drop of anise oil on a teaspoon of sugar will restore equilibrium to an acutely out-of-whack autonomic nervous system."

"The oestrogenic effects of aniseed are relatively weak but suggest that it would be safe not to use orally during pregnancy and breast feeding (Balacs: Hormones and Health)."

Oral Cautions (per Tisserand/Young): Diabetes medication. Diuretic medication, renal insufficiency, edematous disorders. Anticoagulant medication, major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia, other bleeding disorders.

The following anecdotal testimonies have not been reviewed by the FDA.
The products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure disease.
Information shared on the HEO website is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice given by your trusted health care provider.
We believe that essential oils are provided by the Lord to support our health and well-being.
The Lord is our wisdom, protector and healer.
(Genesis 1:29-30, Ezekiel 47:12) 
1. On a whim I purchased Anise for my husband prior to hunting season. He started hunting deer 4 years ago and has never gotten one. His second time out this year he shot an eight point buck. He sprinkled the Anise oil straight from the bottle as he walked through the woods and then all around his tree stand. His first time using it, eight deer came and sniffed, but they weren't ones he wanted to shoot. His second time out a buck came and was very curious, sniffing the oil. He says the Anise successfully masked his human scent and apparently is a scent that the deer like, and it makes them curious. - Connie

Hopewell Essential Oil blends with Anise:
Digestion Support
No Lice!
Contraindications All Routes (per Tisserand/Young): Pregnancy, breastfeeding, endometriosis, estrogen-dependent cancers, children under five years of age.

Oral Cautions (per Tisserand/Young): Diabetes medication. Diuretic medication, renal insufficiency, edematous disorders. Anticoagulant medication, major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia, other bleeding disorders. Anise Seed oil may inhibit blood clotting.

Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil.” We are not aware of a case where essential oil in the eyes caused permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider. 

Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2002, pages 162-164.
Davis P., Aromatherapy An A-Z, C.W. Daniel Company Ltd, 2000
Shirley and Len Price, Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Third Edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2008
Schnaubelt, Kurt, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, 2111, page 131-134.
Tisserand, Robert, Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition 2014, pages 152-153, 196-197.
Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, New World Library, 2016, page 567.