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Anise Essential oil- - Bringing Aroma to Your Life

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Anise bears the scientific name of Pimpinella anisum. It is a herb whose fruits, oil, extracts are used for medicinal preparations. Anise essential oil is derived from the perennial herbal plant i. e anise or aniseed. Since ancient time, it has been used as a spice and as a flavoring agent. The medicinal properties were also known by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Anise oil can do wonders in your life. Don’t you believe this?

Read further to know, what wonders can this aromatic essential oil can do in your life!

Introduction:

Anise oil is obtained by the steam distillation of anise plant. It yields a thin and clear oil of which anethole is the prime constituent. This component is responsible for its aromatic characteristics. Asia is the origin of anise. Today, it is produced in France, Russia, Spain and many other countries [1] Anise should not be confused with star anise.

Can an essential oil bring back the energy of life? Yes, of course! It has properties like anti-hysteric, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, anti-epileptic, anti-epileptic, carminative, digestive, insecticide, sedative, stimulant, expectorant, and decongestant.

Composition:

The main constituent is anethole (80-90%). Other components include estragole (10-15%) pseudoisoeugenyl-2-methylbutyrates and 4-anisaldehyde [2] alpha-pinene, beta pinene, camphene, linalool, cis and trans-anethol, safrol, acetoanisol, eugenol p-eresol: propionic, butyric, myristic and anisic alcohol [3].

Why consume anise?

  • Alleviates menstrual pain: Have someone ever thought about how women get through menstrual pain? Do you think it’s easy? No, it’s not! It disturbs the entire day. If you are going through such a condition, then anise essential oil can be a better option than others. Anise is a natural relaxant and has antispasmodic action. The components of anise oil are capable of promoting the production and overall homeostasis of hormones in the females. Topical application of this essential oil to the abdomen may alleviate uterus muscle contraction thus, providing relief from menstrual cramps and pain.
  • Great antiseptic: Open wounds can be dangerous sometimes. These are more susceptible to infection hence it should be cleaned and taken care of regularly. Anise oil has antiseptic properties which can prevent infections by giving an effective protective layer against infections and sepsis. This aids in the faster healing of the wounds [4] contributing to overall recovery.
  • Anti-epileptic [5]: Anise oil has sedative and narcotic effect. Hence, it can slow down the respiration, circulation and nervous response if given in higher doses. In a study done on rats, Anise oil significantly prolonged the latency of seizure attacks and reduced the amplitude and duration of epileptiform burst discharges induced by injection of intraperitoneal PTZ [6].
  • Aids digestion: Anise oil may aid digestion. It is a great way to enhance the breakdown of ingested food particles. It may be a natural remedy for disorders of the digestive system including gastric acid secretion, peristalsis, and pH maintenance.
  • Healthy skin with anise oil: The largest and appealing part of the body is skin. It is very necessary for everyone to take care of his/her skin. Many people are fitness freaks nowadays. In the same way, people do care about their skin. They want to keep their skin and body healthy. So, here comes anise essential oil. It contains major nutrients needed by the skin and coupled with its soothing aroma. It can be mixed with moisturizer and lotions which makes skin look more beautiful, smoother and softer. It helps in maintaining the skin and keeps it healthy, makes it look youthful and glowing. It works as a remedy for wrinkles, dark spots, and even acne.
  • Blessing for the heart: Heart is a vital organ of the body. If your heart functions well your entire body performs properly.
  • Promotes lactation: Galactagogues are known to be a milk stimulant. It is thought to enhance the production of prolactin (a lactating hormone) which in turn stimulate breast milk. Researches have also suggested that galactagogues may benefit breastfeeding women who have difficulties in producing enough milk [7]. Anise essential oil contains galactagogues which can be beneficial for the breastfeeding females.
  • Can treat insomnia and anxiety: Are you suffering from insomnia? If yes, stress may be a reason for this. Anise oil has a numbing effect. Hence, it is used as a sedative for anxiety, depression, stress, and anger. The relaxing and tranquilizing effect of anise oil helps to alleviate the symptoms of insomnia [8]. As it is aromatic in nature it might also be used in aromatherapy.
  • Anti-spasmodic property: Due to its anti-spasmodic action, it is also helpful in treating ailments caused by spasm like coughs, aches, nervous afflictions, convulsions, diarrhea, obstructed blood circulations, aches in the stomach and chest and other symptoms. Spasms are believed to be nerve impulses firing. Topical application of anise oil can soothe the muscle spasm while consumption can help to relief from intestinal spasms [9].
  • Anti-fungal property: Fungal infections are uncomfortable and can be difficult to handle. An essential oil is effective against fungal infection and can be a better option than other remedies. Anise essential oil is a highly effective anti-fungal agent that can fight multiple kinds of fungi like candida albicans [10].
  • A carminative: Gastritis can be a big problem if left untreated. It can lead to problems like indigestion, acute chest pain, flatulence, stomach aches, muscular cramps, hypertension and even eyesight problem if becomes chronic. As a digestive, anise oil promotes removal of gases and does not let it form again.

Conclusion:

This essential oil thus can be very beneficial in many ways. Anise has many other uses like it can fight bad breath, effective in clearing congestion in the respiratory tract etc.

Precautions:

  1. Might induce vomiting
  2. Nausea, skin irritation
  3. Might show allergic reactions
  4. In heavy doses it has a narcotic effect so should be careful before using
  5. It is poisonous to small creature hence children should not be given in a higher dose.
Author: Sonali Pradhan

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