Aniseed Essential Oil

Botanical Name:
Pimpinella anisum
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Certified Organic
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Wholesale Organic Pure Anise Seed Essential Oil

From Wholesale Essential oils, 100% pure Anise Seed essential oil. This steam distilled oil comes from the ripe, dried Certified Organically-grown fruit of Anise grown in Egypt. Anise is known for its uplifting and spicy licorice-like aroma. This Anise Oil is available to sample and up to 1kg or more. It is guaranteed to be of the highest therapeutic quality.


This steam distilled pure anise seed essential oil is from the seeds of dried ripe fruit of Anise grown in its native Egypt. Anise seed plants stand less than a meter high with delicate leaves and small white flowers. Although Anise originates from Egypt and Greece, it is also cultivated in India, China, Mexico and Spain. Also known as 'Sweet Cumin', Aniseed is a small, delicate, annual herb native to Greece and Egypt. Anise seeds are reddish-brown and oval in shape with a distinctly black licorice-like flavor and aroma profile.

Aromatherapy Notes

Our 100% Pure, Certified Organic Anise Seed essential oil has a rich, intense, warm and spicy aroma.

Traditional Uses

Ancient Egyptians cultivated anise as a medicinal and culinary spice and it was later adopted by the Greeks and Romans and widely used as a pick-me-up.1 Anise is known to have been used in many cultures across Europe and Asia for its aromatic and therapeutic properties. It was traditionally used in Iran for sweat secretion, to improve skin complexion, polish teeth. In some traditional Iranian texts anise is also mentioned as a treatment for melancholy, to prevent nightmares, and also for epilepsy and seizures.2 A traditional Turkish spirit, called “raki”, is flavored with aniseed and has been found to have antioxidant properties.3 Many other regions of the Mediterranean, Greece, Italy, and Spain have traditional beverages flavored with anise as well.4 The oil and seed has also traditionally been used to add flavor to various culinary dishes, from candy and baked goods to curry dishes. Trans-anethole is the natural constituent that provides the licorice-like aroma that is similar to yet sweeter than that of Fennel.

Therapeutic Properties

Therapeutic Properties Described in The Aromatherapy Literature

From Advanced Aromatherapy5:

  • Antispasmodic, Sedative, Stabilizing
  • Calming effect on the nervous system, can be used for amenorrhea, minimizes overexcitement, stabilizing effects following a hangover

From The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy1:

  • Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Expectorant, Stimulant, Stomachic
  • Well known for its beneficial effects on the digestive system, increases milk flow of nursing mothers
  • Described as warming and drying, beneficial for those who are overworked or have chronic illness
  • Its warm scent has an uplifting and comforting effect

Aniseed in Research

Many studies have been conducted to investigate the pharmacological benefits of aniseed for various biological systems and conditions.2 Findings from these studies report antibacterial6 and antifungal7 effects, muscle relaxant8 and anticonvulsant9 effects, gastrointestinal benefits, including anti-ulcer10, anti-nausea11, and laxative activity12, analgesic13 and anti-inflammatory properties14, reduction in side-effects from menopause15 and menstruation16, antioxidant activity17, antiviral effects18, and benefits for diabetic patients19.

Summary of Research Studies:

  • Aqueous extract of aniseed was found to have significant antibacterial activity in vitro and researchers suggest that it may be a viable alternative to traditional antibiotics.6
  • A study found that anethole, present in aniseed essential oil at 90% concentration, has significant antifungal activity in vitro.7
  • In a study using guinea pig tracheal chains, an approved technique used to study antispasmodic and bronchodilatory effects, found that aniseed extract had a significant relaxant effect, suggesting that it might be effective in calming spasmodic coughing and opening airways.8
  • Aniseed essential oil inhibited seizures in mice.9
  • Aniseed solution had protective effects against ulcers induced in rats.10
  • In a case study, cancer patients reported that dosage of a combination of essential oils, including aniseed, sweet fennel, Roman chamomile, and peppermint, provided relief from nausea. (The patients were all undergoing a variety of other treatments as well.)11
  • In a clinical trial, a compound containing aniseed and other plant materials was found to provide significant relief from chronic constipation.12
  • A study on mice reported that aniseed extract had significant pain-relieving effects.13
  • Anise extract was shown to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects comparable to certain doses of prescription anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin, and morphine in a study on rats.14
  • In a double-blind randomized clinical trial, postmenopausal women who took anise capsules 3 times daily over a 4-week period saw significant reduction in the frequency and severity of hot flashes compared to the control group.15
  • An herbal drug containing saffron, celery seed, and anise was given to women during menstruation in a randomized, double‐blind, placebo‐controlled pilot trial and found to be effective in reducing pain from menstrual cramps.16
  • Aniseed ethanol extract was found to have very strong antioxidant activity in vitro.17
  • Hot water extract of aniseed showed significant antiviral activity against herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and -2), human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) and measles virus.18
  • Both aniseed and coriander powder were found to have antidiabetic, hypolipidemic and antioxidant activities in a clinical trial with type 2 diabetes patients.19

Application and Use


Anise essential oil is considered non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Always test a small amount of Anise seed oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. It should not be used during pregnancy or taken internally while breast-feeding. Avoid use with inflammatory skin conditions. Lastly, due to it's estrogen-like effects, those with an estrogen-dependent illness are to avoid Anise essential oil.


1 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holystic Aromatherapy, 2003.

2 Shojaii, Asie, and Mehri Abdollahi Fard. “Review of Pharmacological Properties and Chemical Constituents of Pimpinella Anisum.” ISRN Pharmaceutics, vol. 2012, 2012, pp. 1–8., doi:10.5402/2012/510795.

3 Yalcin, Gorkem. “Antioxidant Capacity of a Turkish Traditional Alcoholic Drink, Raki.” Polish Journal of Food and Nutrition Sciences, vol. 66, no. 3, 2016, doi:10.1515/pjfns-2015-0036.

4 Fernandes, Caio P. “Chapter 22 – Aniseed (Pimpinella Anisum, Apiaceae) Oils.” Essential Oils in Food Preservation, Flavor and Safety, by Rocha Leandro, Academic Press, 2016.

5 Schnaubelt, Kurt. Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy. Healing Arts Press, 1998.

6 Akhtar A, Deshmukh AA, Bhonsle AV, et al. In vitro Antibacterial activity of Pimpinella anisum fruit extracts against some pathogenic bacteria. Veterinary World. vol. 1, no. 9, 2008, pp. 272–274.

7 Shukla, H. S., and S. C. Tripathi. “Antifungal Substance in the Essential Oil of Anise (Pimpinella Anisum L.).” Agricultural and Biological Chemistry, vol. 51, no. 7, 1987, pp. 1991–1993., doi:10.1271/bbb1961.51.1991.

8 Boskabady, M.h, and M Ramazani-Assari. “Relaxant Effect of Pimpinella Anisum on Isolated Guinea Pig Tracheal Chains and Its Possible Mechanism(s).” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 74, no. 1, 2001, pp. 83–88., doi:10.1016/s0378-8741(00)00314-7.

9 Pourgholami, M.h, et al. “The Fruit Essential Oil of Pimpinella Anisum Exerts Anticonvulsant Effects in Mice.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 66, no. 2, 1999, pp. 211–215., doi:10.1016/s0378-8741(98)00161-5.

10 Mofleh, Ibrahim A Al, et al. “Aqueous Suspension of Anise (Pimpinella Anisum) Protects Rats against Chemically Induced Gastric Ulcers.” World Journal of Gastroenterology, vol. 13, no. 7, 2007, p. 1112., doi:10.3748/wjg.v13.i7.1112.

11 Gilligan, N. “The Palliation of Nausea in Hospice and Palliative Care Patients with Essential Oils of Pimpinella Anisum (Aniseed), Foeniculum Vulgare Var. Dulce (Sweet Fennel), Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) and Mentha x Piperita (Peppermint).” International Journal of Aromatherapy, vol. 15, no. 4, 2005, pp. 163–167., doi:10.1016/j.ijat.2005.10.012.

12 Picon, Paulo D, et al. “Randomized Clinical Trial of a Phytotherapic Compound Containing Pimpinella Anisum, Foeniculum Vulgare, Sambucus Nigra, and Cassia Augustifolia for Chronic Constipation.” BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 10, no. 1, 2010, doi:10.1186/1472-6882-10-17.

13 Tas, A. “Analgesic Effect of Pimpinella Anisum L. Essential Oil Extract in Mice.” Indian Veterinary Journal, vol. 86, no. 2, 2009, pp. 145–147.

14 Tas A, Özbek H, Atasoy N, Altug ME, Ceylan E. “Evaluation of Analgesic and Anti-inflammatory Activity of Pimpinella anisum Fixed Oil Extract.” Indian Veterinary Journal. vol. 83, no. 8, 2006, pp. 840–843.

15 Nahidi, Fatemeh et al. “The Study on the Effects of Pimpinella Anisum on Relief and Recurrence of Menopausal Hot Flashes.” Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research: IJPR vol. 11, no. 4, 2012, pp. 1079–1085.

16 Nahid, Khodakrami, et al. “The Effect of an Iranian Herbal Drug on Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Clinical Controlled Trial.” Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, vol. 54, no. 5, 2009, pp. 401–404., doi:10.1016/j.jmwh.2008.12.006.

17 Nickavar B, Abolhasani FAS. Screening of antioxidant properties of seven Umbelliferae fruits from Iran. Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. vol. 220, no. 1, 2009, pp. 30–35.

18 Lee, Jung-Bum, et al. “Antiviral and Immunostimulating Effects of Lignin-Carbohydrate-Protein Complexes from Pimpinella Anisum.” Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, vol. 75, no. 3, 2011, pp. 459–465., doi:10.1271/bbb.100645.

19 Rajeshwari, Ullagaddi, et al. “Comparison of Aniseeds and Coriander Seeds for Antidiabetic, Hypolipidemic and Antioxidant Activities.” Spatula DD - Peer Reviewed Journal on Complementary Medicine and Drug Discovery, vol. 1, no. 1, 2011, pp. 9–16., doi:10.5455/spatula.20110106123144.