Aniseed

Plant/part : Herbs/seeds (source: north africa, europe, usa)

Latin name : Pimpinella anisum

Family : Umbelliferae

Note : Top to middle

Extraction : Distillation

Aroma: Pungent, liquorice like, very warming

Properties: Antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, cardiac, carminative, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, insecticide, laxative, stimulant, stomachic.

Chemical constituents: Anisic (aldehyde), anethole, methylchavicol (phenols), limonene (terpene).

Precautions: A very potent oil, not often used in massage as skin sensitisation may occur. Generally a stimulant but excessive use, could cause sluggishness. In extreme cases possibility of circulatory problems and cerebral congestion. Certainly should be avoided in pregnancy and perhaps altogether.

Blends : Bay , cardoman, caraway, cedarwood coriander; dill, fennel, mandarin, petitgrain, rosewood.