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Anise, a member of the parsley family (Umbelliferae), has a very old history that dates back to A.D. 78. It was listed in the Disocorides’ De Matreria Medica, Europe’s first authoritive medical guide which became a standard reference of herbal treatments for over 1,700 years.  Modern science supported its herbal usage when it isolated anise’s main constituent, trans-anethol, a phenoproid that has microbial suppressing, calming, cleansing and respiratory supporting qualities. It has also been found to stimulate the glands of the digestive tract aiding in the relief of gastrointestinal complaints including cramps, gas, bloating, spasms, indigestion and liver/gallbladder stagnation (by increasing the flow of bile). This sweet smelling oil has been studied as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-tumoral oil. It may also suppress viral growth.  It’s fragrant influence opens emotional blocks and recharges vital energy.

References:

  1. Essential Oils Desk Reference 4th ed. ESP
  2. Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide. Young, Gary
  3. Reference Guide for Essential Oils. Hiley, C & A.

 

References:

Essential Oils Desk Reference

The following articles from www.pubmed.com

Antibacterial activity of Anise: PMID: 18226481, PMID: 16935829, Antiviral (HSV-2): PMID: 17976968

Anti-oxidant: PMID: 17886083, Anti-tumoral and anti-inflammatory: PMID: 17450505, GI protection (ulcers): PMID: 17373749, Chemo-preventative: PMID: 17658503, Anti-spasmodic: PMID: 17027208

Anti-fungal: PMID: 16375827