|Latin name||Pimpinella anisum|
|Synonyms||Anisum officinalis, A. vulgare, anise, sweet cumin|
|Extraction||Steam distillation of the seeds|
|Origin||Native to Greece and Egypt, now cultivated in India, China, Mexico and Spain (Spain)|
|Plant characteristics||An annual herb, less than a metre tall with white flowers and delicate leaves|
|Oil characteristics||Colourless to pale yellow liquid with a warm spicy-sweet characteristic scent|
|Traditional use||Widely used as a domestic spice. The volatile oil content provided the basis for its medical applications; dry irritable coughs, bronchitis and whooping cough.|
|Cautions and comments||Its major component, anethole, is known to cause dermatitis in some individuals – avoid in allergic and inflammatory skin conditions. Use in moderation only.|
|Main chemical constituents||Trans-anethole (75-90%)|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.