Anise Seed Oil, Some Uses

Anise Seed Oil, Some Uses

Anise seedAnise Seed oil (Pimpinella anisum) has a sweet, licorice scent to it. It is often used for flavoring candies because of the sweet taste. The scent reminds you of herb shops, with a hint of Christmas, and late spring.

Aromatic influences: Calming, warming, and stimulating.

Combines well with:

Bay Leaf, Black Pepper, Ginger Root, Lavender, Orange, Pine, Rose

Ways to use it

  • G.R.A.S.
  • Be careful when using over a long period of time. Can have a narcotic affect, particularly on the circulation.
  • Because of its calming, somewhat narcotic effect, it is helpful when treating snoring.
  • Do not use when pregnant or if you are epileptic.
  • Anise Seed drawingAnise Seed masks the scent of human beings, which makes it popular with those who hunt and fish.
  • Is both stimulating and calming. Helps relieve stress and enhances emotional balance.
  • Great for treatment of flatulence. Put a drop in a cup of warm water and drink it.
  • May be a skin irritant so be careful about using topically.
  • Often used as a flavoring for candies and baked goods because of its intense licorice scent and taste.
  • 1 drop of Anise Seed oil on a sugar cube can help restore equilibrium to an acutely out-of-whack autonomic nervous system (3)
  • Helps when treating hangovers.
  • Preferred use is internal.
  • Helps aid digestion.
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Similar to Fennel Seed oil. Has more of a licorice scent to it.
  • Helps with breathing.
  • Stimulates lactation in nursing mothers.
  • When treating hiccups, put 1 drop Anise Seed oil in a brown paper bag and hold to your nose and mouth. Breathe in deeply and slowly through your nose. (4)
  • Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. That’s a great way to get started. And have fun with it!

Anise SeedsRecipes

Here are a few recipes involving Anise Seed oil. To check for more, you can click on Anise Seed in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Spice Air Freshener

  • 35 drops Anise Seed
  • 18 drops Fennel Seed
  • 20 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 20 drops Ginger Root
  • 15 drops Clove Bud
  • 10 drops Lime
  • 4 ounce Pure Water

Combine all ingredients in a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use and liberally spritz room. Can refill water 3 – 5 times before needing to refill the oils. (5)


  • 2 drops Anise Seed
  • 2 drops Fennel Seed
  • 2 drops Orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon Honey

Add formula to 1 cup warm water and use as a mouthwash. (4)

Relaxing Foot Bath

  • 4 drops Frankincense
  • 4 drops Neroli
  • 4 drops Anise Seed
  • 3 drops Lemon
  • 1 teaspoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Fill a basin with warm/hot water, add oils and relax for at least 15 minutes. (5)

Oils and towelsMood Lifter

  • 5 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 2 drops Fennel Seed
  • 2 drops Anise Seed
  • 4 drops Sandalwood
  • 2 drops Cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Massage formula into the upper chest, back of neck, and the shoulders. (5)

PMS Massage

  • 2 drops Fennel Seed
  • 2 drops Anise Seed
  • 5 drops Sandalwood
  • 5 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 5 drops Cumin
  • 5 drops Thyme
  • 5 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 1 tablespoon Evening Primrose
  • 1 tablespoon Flaxseed

Before the onset of premenstrual syndrome, massage blend into lower back at least once a day. Start 2 – 3 days before. (5)

Last of all,

Anise Seed oil is a fun oil to have around because it smells so sweet and is very useful. What do you like to use it for? Put in the comment section down below. We’d all love to know!



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  2. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  3. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
  4. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  5. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  6. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
  7. Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published by Patricia Davis
  8. Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family by Rosemary Gladstar
  9. Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self, by Stephanie Tourles
  10. Perfumes, Splashes & Colognes: Discovering and Crafting Your Personal Fragrances by Nancy M. Booth




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