Ancient Herbal Remedy
Aniseed oil has been around for thousands of years, used by ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations as a staple medicinal and cooking herb that tasted good and helped digestion, too! In Ayurvedic medicine in India, Aniseed oil has long been used in mouthwashes and toothpaste as a breath freshener and purifier.
Today, anise is grown in Europe, the USA and North Africa, and is used in cooking, and medicinally as an essential oil. Aniseed oil is known to be effective against bacteria like Staph, Strep and E.coli, as well as against fungus like Candida, can be inhaled or rubbed on the abdomen or soles of the feet for aiding digestion, and used in a steam vaporizer as aromatherapy for the lungs.
Aniseed essential oil is interesting and versatile, both sedative and stimulant, bringing the mind, emotions and physical body into balance.
Here are a few ways Aniseed can benefit you:
- Sedative: Aniseed oil in small doses, temporarily slows circulation, respiration and adrenal “fight or flight” response, allowing nervous, fearful people to relax, calming nerves, depression, insomnia, vertigo, migraines and headaches, hysterical outbursts, and epileptic seizures. Following an accident or injury, this is a good choice for shock and pain, allowing the mind, emotions and body to come back to a calm state naturally
- Stimulant: How does a known sedative act also as a stimulant, you might ask? Aniseed oil, in slightly larger doses, stimulates the digestive, nervous, and circulatory systems, boosts metabolism, removing toxins and promoting physical wellness, along with mental clarity and focus. Conditions like arthritis and rheumatism are relieved, and aniseed dispels trapped gas before it can develop!
- Insects and Parasites: Aniseed oil is toxic to insects, so it’s effective used in a steam vaporizer or used topically, blended with carrier oil. Use as aromatherapy, or rub on the bottoms of the feet or stomach for eliminating intestinal worms, and massage into scalp and hair with a carrier oil for a natural treatment for head lice. Pests will run fast when you use Aniseed oil!
Tip: For hiccups that won’t quit, put a drop or two of Aniseed oil in a pan of steaming water, make a tent with a towel over your head, and gently inhale the steam. Be careful not to get too close, because it’s very hot, but the aniseed oil molecules will rise with the steam to stop hiccups fast!