Anise Essential Oil (Pimpinella anisum)


Anise may also be referred to as Sweet Cumin. It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the seed.


Anise oil comes from the Pimpinella anisum plant. It has a sweet licorice scent and is a top note oil.

Anise Essential Oil possesses the distinctive aroma of black licorice. Although you may not be a fan of black licorice, a single drop or two of Anise Seed Essential Oil can dramatically enhance an otherwise dull blend. It can be useful in diffuser and inhaler blends intended to help ease bronchitis, colds and the flu. It is said to help promote the production of breast milk and stimulate menstruation, but it should be used with caution and avoided in estrogen-dependent cancers (see safety notes below).

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Rich Sweet

  • Common Name(s): Sweet Cumin
  • Synonyms(s) for Pimpinella anisum: Anisum odoratum, Anisum officinale, Anisum officinarum, Anisum vulgare, Apium anisum, Carum anisum, Pimpinele anisa, Selinum anisum, Seseli gilliesii, Sison anisum, Tragium anisum

  • Botanical Family: Apiaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Pimpinella
  • Chemical Family: Ethers
  • Major Compounds: (E)-Anethole, (+)-Limonene, Estragole, Anisyl alcohol
  • Perfumery Note: Top
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
  • Color: Clear
  • Indigenous Country: Spain
  • Cultivation: Wild Harvested
  • Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
  • Part Typically Used: Seed
  • Shelf Life: 4 - 5 years
  • Ethically and sustainably sourced Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Wild Harvested Wild Harvested
  • Vegan Vegan
  • Not Pregnancy Safe Not recommended or safe if pregnant or nursing
  • Not Child Safe Not recommend or safe for children

Essential Details

Benefits & Uses

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Anise:

May irritate sensitive skin. Anise oil may inhibit blood clotting and that it is contraindicated in pregnancy/breastfeeding, endometriosis and estrogen-dependent cancers. Avoid use with children under 5. Avoid use of the oil if it has oxidized.


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