Thursday, September 9, 2010

Aromatherapy~How To Use Aniseed Oil

G'Mornin' All....Well I *hope* that you had wonderful dreams dancin' around your head last night, and that you awoke  fresh and eager to start the day! If not, maybe you should be reaching for some oils ey?

Today we are going to start getting a little more in depth with oils and how to properly use them. Please, my readers, several times within the last few posts, I have issued Warnings...please do not let these pass by unnoticed! I would hate to have anything happen!

So give me a moment while I take 2 or 3, probably 4 gulps of coffee nectar to get m'writin' juices going!
~Peace~

How To Use Aniseed Oil


WARNING!! IN LARGE AMOUNTS ANETHOLE HAS NEUROTOXIC EFFECTS. IT CAN CAUSE CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS. ANY OIL WITH HIGH AMOUNTS OF ANETHOLE SHOULD BE USED ONLY IN LOW CONCENTRATION OVER SHORT PERIODS OF TIME. PLEASE ONLY USE THIS WHEN YOU ARE PROFICIENT AT AROMATHERAPY


Aromatic anise seeds, a revered digestive tonic of the Greeks and Romans, is still used in confectionery and as a flavoring alcoholic drinks, especially Pernod and Turkish Raki.

The oil is steam-distilled from the seeds of this perennial herb. It has a rich licorice like odor.

Aniseed is powerfully therapeutic and enlivening, it invigorates the mind and stimulates circulation. It's powerful action the digestive system soothes nausea and eases indigestion. It's expectorant properties are also used to treat respiratory infections.

The potency of aniseed needs to be respected and is recommended for use only when you become more proficient in the art of aromatherapy.

Active Ingredients of Aniseed


  Ethers:Anethole~Anethole, a phenolic ether is the principal compound, making up 75-90% of the oil

Phenols~Phenols and phenolic ethers are know as bactericides; They contain potent compounds that help to stimulate the immune and nervous systems

Uses of Aniseed Oil



   Asthma & Colds~Aniseed in a vaporizer or steam inhalation eases hay fever, head colds and bronchial complaints such as asthma. It also soothes vomiting and nausea. Place a few drops on a hanky to ease digestive problems, motion sickness and panic attacks from vertigo.
Emotional Balance~Inhaling Aniseed enhances relaxation and restful sleep. It relieves stress from over-work and eases heartache.

 Inhaling Aniseed is a natural and gentle way to get relief from bronchial and digestive problems!

Tension Headaches~Make up a vaporizer blend to ease tension headaches by adding 5-10 drops from a combination of the following:

  • Aniseed

  • Lavender

  • Niaouli

  • Peppermint
Place the vaporizer nearby and relax with your eyes closed until the headache begins to ease...

Star Anise

Star Anise, an oil extracted from an evergreen tree native to China, India and Vietnam, shares many properties with Aniseed. Their aromas are almost identical and they share chemical components including Athenole and Methylchavicol.

Consequently, the oils have similar properties and are often used interchangeably. Star Anise is less likely to irritate the skin but should still be used with caution and avoided altogether during pregnancy.

Well chickadees this wraps up today's post...*hope* you walk away a li'l more savvy when it comes to aromatherapy...Stay tuned tomorrow when I will be telling you all about Healing With Basil Oil.

~Peace~

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