What are essential oils?
Essential oils are defined as a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant. Basically, it’s an oil that is derived from a plant, that still carries the essence of the plant with it, including the fragrance and it’s natural uses for a healthier body. Some essential oils can be used directly on the skin, while others cannot and certain essential oils should be avoided while pregnant. (See our previous blog post on essential oils to avoid while pregnant and breastfeeding.)
Anise Essential Oil Anise
Essential oil is made from the seeds of the Pimpinella anisum plant. For those of you who have already tried this essential oil, you may have noticed that its scent is similar to black licorice. While that may appeal to some of you, those of you who do not like the smell of anise essential oil by itself may find that mixing a few drops with a citrus, or vanilla scent will transform an ordinary scent into a lovely fragrance with subtle undertones. Anise has traditionally been used in everything from Egyptian bread to perfume used by fisherman to mask the human scent. Additionally, anise has been used by many cultures for it’s therapeutic and health properties.
Health Benefits of Anise Essential Oil
Anise essential oil has a number of therapeutic properties. This oil is antiseptic, which is useful for using on small cuts in order to provide a protective layer between the wound and the air. It is also antispasmodic; because it is a relaxant, it helps to relax spasms, it also works as a carminative (helping to relieve gas) by promoting the removal of excess gas. It also works remarkably well as an expectorant helping to loosen excess mucus and phlegm, providing relief from your cough. Anise essential oil is used by massage therapists to stimulate circulation; and used along with massage can help relieve some symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Other Benefits of Anise Essential Oil
Anise can be used as an insecticide as it is toxic to insects and even to some small animals (it is also been known to kill worms in the intestine).
Not all essential oils are safe for everyone. Who should beware of using Anise?
Small children and pets are at risk because this essential oil an be toxic to them, especially in large quantities. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding it is advised that you stay away from this essential oil. If you fit into one of these categories there are many safe essential oils that you can use instead.
What Can I Use Instead?
We recommend trying eucalyptus essential oil instead. it has many of the same characteristics but is safe to use for pregnant women in their 2nd and 3rd trimester.
We’re in the process of developing some safe products for baby care. Stay tuned!
Check out our related articles:
Essential Oils to Avoid While Pregnant & Breastfeeding
How Substances Enter Your Body
How we Accumulate Toxins in our Bodies
Written by Nicolle Chase
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