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Botanical Name: Pimpinella anisum

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Origin: Egypt

Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Characteristics: Anise Seed, Pimpinella anisum, produces an oil that smells similar to black jelly beans and fennel. It is typically clear or very pale and is recovered through normal steam distillation of the seeding herb. It should not be confused with Star Anise because it is an entirely different botanical category. Even though the two oils share the main component, Anethole, each species is unique. In general in essential oil science it should be noted that even oils of the same genus and species vary. Sometimes the variation in cultivars and subspecies is vast. Therefore, a common constituent like Anethole does not render similar oils from different botanical sources identical. They are different.

Anise seed traditionally has been used for breathing and hormonal challenges. It is good to use for bad breath.

This herb has recorded uses in ancient times.Five hundred years before the birth of Christ, philosopher Pythagoras suggested uses for it and Roman herbalist Pliny the Elder said it “removed all bad odors from the mouth…” Fourteenth century herbalist John Gerard recommended it for gas and coughing.

In natural perfumery it adds a top note that blends well with other similar oils like fennel and basil. It blends well with spice oils like cardamom and clove. It works well with middle note absolutes from clove, lavender and nutmeg. Pair it with base notes from vanilla, vetiver and patchouli. Use it sparingly in the creative stages of blending until the desire balance is achieved and remember that the aroma of anise seed will strengthen in blends with time. In other words, what may smell perfect today may be too anise forward after aging 30 days. Keep that in mind when blending. Follow the formula precisely and do not “tweak” because something seems off. New blends never smell the same as the batch that has aged. It is a common novice error to compare the old blend with the new and try to match them on the spot. This is a costly mistake.

Please Note: The information on is only provided for educational purposes, and further research should be done on each essential oil to be assured of its proper usage for each individual. Aromatherapy is not meant to be a replacement for care under a qualified health professional, but should be considered a complimentary form of healthcare.

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1 oz, 4 oz, 1 lb, 1 kg


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