Aniseseed Myrtle Essential Oil (Syzygium anisatum)


Aniseseed Myrtle may also be referred to as The Aniseed Tree or Ringwood. It is typically processed using steam or hydro distillation as a method for extracting oil from the seeds or leaves and flowers.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Cool Herbaceous Soft Sweet Warm

  • Common Name(s): The Aniseed Tree or Ringwood
  • Synonyms(s) for Syzygium anisatum: Anetholea anisata, Backhousia anisata

  • Botanical Family: Myrtaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Syzygium
  • Chemical Family: Ethers
  • Perfumery Note: Top
  • Consistency: Medium
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
  • Aroma chemistry: The chemistry of Anise Seed, Star Anise EO, Star Anise CO2 and Aniseed Myrtle is similar. These abstracts are high In trans anethole which is a component of the Ether chemical family.  While these oils have a pleasant, soft aroma, do not be fooled they are “Terminator” extracts and you must know when and how to use them. The ether family has quite a few safety issues, so please read them.
  • Color: Light yellow
  • Indigenous Country: Australia
  • Cultivation: Organically Grown
  • Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Seeds or Leaves and Flowers
  • Shelf Life: 4 - 5 years
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Benefits & Uses

May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:


Therapeutic Benefits of Aniseseed Myrtle:

Analgesic Anti-anxiety Anti-asthmatic Anti-depressant Anti-inflammatory Anti-rheumatic Anti-spasmodic Calming Cooling Digestive tonic Emmenagogic Estrogenic Expectorant Stomachic

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Aniseseed Myrtle:

Use well diluted and as with all essential oils, they should not be used during pregnancy and never ingested (taken internally) and should be kept away from children and pets. No medicinal claims are made for this product and the notes above are provided for guidance purposes only. Essential Oils are powerful plant extracts and should be used with extreme caution. You should seek the advice of a qualified practitioner should you be in any doubt.

Safety Precautions for Aniseseed Myrtle:

According to Tisserand & Young, Anise Seed Myrtle essential oil can be potentially carcinogenic, based on estragole & safrole content, may inhibit blood clotting & reproductive hormone modulation.   Anise Seed Myrte essential oil is contraindicated during pregnancy, breastfeeding, for those with endometriosis, estrogen dependent cancers & children under 5 yrs old Indicated cautions: Diabetes & anticoagulant medication, peptic ulcer, hemophilia, major surgery & other bleeding disorders.   (E)-Anethole inhibits platelet aggregation. Essential oils high in (E)-anethole should therefore be avoided, especially in high or oral doses, before major surgery, and in anyone taking blood-thinning medication, or with blood coagulation issues. Essential oils with a high (E)-anethole content should be avoided during pregnancy. (E)-Anethole is weakly estrogenic in yeast cells. It is not estrogenic in breast cancer cells, but a metabolite of (E)-anethole is estrogenic. Given orally to female rats at 80 mg/kg/day for three days, (E)-anethole significantly increased uterine weight, suggesting estrogenic activity. In carcinogenesis studies, (E)-anethole did not cause breast cancer in either rats or mice.   Avoid old or oxidized oils. Maximum daily oral dose: 53mg Maximum dermal level per Tisserand & Young: 1.75% (based on 6.6% estragole & 0.1% safrole content) and dermal limits of 0.12% for estragole and 0.05% for safrole


Botanical Description of Aniseseed Myrtle:

Syzygium anisatum, with common names ringwood and aniseed tree, is a rare Australian rainforest tree with an aromatic leaf that has an essential oil profile comparable to true aniseed. The leaf from cultivated plantations is used as a bushfood spice and distilled for the essential oil, and is known in the trade as aniseed myrtle or anise myrtle. The ringwood tree has a dense crown and grows up to 145 feet The leaves are 6–12 cm long with prominently undulate margins and rich aniseed aroma when crushed. Flowers are white and sweetly scented, borne in panicles. The fruit are dry papery capsules around 5 mm long and are white in appearance. (Wikipedia)