Anise essential oil is used in many herbal products. Extracted from the seed of the Pimpinella Anisum plant, it is often added to herbal cough lozenges, perfumes, cosmetics, toothpastes, and natural insect repellents.
Mix anise essential oil with eucalyptus essential oil and a good carrier oil like almond oil. Use as chest rub when treating coughs. Anise essential oil also improves digestion and helps relieve headache pain when used in aromatherapy. Anise essential oil warms the body and clears the mind. It is good for the respiratory system and helps relax tired muscles. Use anise essential oil with a good carrier oil in massage after a long winter day. It's a great way to get the chill out of your body. Visit wikipedia for photos of anise.
To make anise ointment, which is thicker than straight oils, melt a tablespoon of beeswax with with two tablespoons of carrier oil over low heat. While mixture is still warm add a few drops of anise essential oil and stir well. Add eucalyptus essential oil for extra strength. Place in a small, tightly covered jar and store in a cool place or the refrigerator. Discard if mold appears or scent becomes rancid. Find more tips about making herbal ointments.
* Dilute essential oils before use with a good cold-pressed carrier oil like olive or almond oil. Never take essential oils internally. Always consult with your healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy or essential oil especially if pregnant, nursing, under the age of eighteen, or taking other medicines.
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