There are many anise scented oils. These include anise seed, star anise, anise mint maceration, anise raven, fennel, tarragon, and some basils. The chemical that is scented like anise is called anethole. Anise seed oil can be up to 90% anethole. Anethole is thought to stimulate estrogen. Interesting fact is that Anatolia (anethole is derived for this word) is the peninsula of land that today constitutes the Asian portion of Turkey. Because of its location at the point where the continents of Asia and Europe meet, Anatolia was, from the beginnings of civilization, a crossroads for numerous peoples migrating or conquering from either continent. Anatolia is considered the home of the Goddess. Isn’t is amazing that anethole found in all licorice or anise scented oils helps support the female reproduction system. Women with cancers that are estrogen stimulated like some breast cancers must avoid anise oils. While a lactating mother will enjoy using anise, as it stimulates her milk flow. Here at Gritman, we have formulated a blend that is called Got Milk for lactating mothers.
For many women it is a love it or hate it oil. When any one has this reaction to an oil. I tell them it means you need that oil. When you love it, it means that you are on good terms with your goddess nature. If you hate it, you are not on good terms with your goddess nature. Here is the thing that all men need to know. If a woman loves the scent of anise, it can be a powerful oil of arousal. Men often complain that it takes too much to arouse their female partner. If they use anise, arousing them will be much more simple. Drop a few drops on her pillow or diffuse into the room. A relaxing bath with anise can also speed the process of seduction. Women tend to enjoy sex more when the anise scent is present. What if she doesn’t like anise? Then of course you will not want to use it. Jasmine or Damiana would be a better choice.
Since menstrual disorders, PMS, and menopausal problems are known to be caused generally by an underproduction of estrogen and an overproduction of progesterone, introducing anise oil would help balance the system and improve health. Progesterone levels surge directly before the menses, and then drop dramatically, with a rise in estrogen levels during the bleeding cycle. For women having difficulty with starting their period, anise supports the menstrual flow. Now because of this anise oils should be avoided during pregnancy because the high levels of progesterone at this time help the baby to grow well. With the birth of the child, anise is used to support the breast feeding mother.
Endometriosis may also have an estrogen based trigger, so it is important to remove anise from these women. Although there is no study that I can find that reports anise supports estrogen production in the body, there is too much discussion from chemists and biologists that anise does seem to induce estrogen responses. When I see this kind of information, I feel it is best to err on the side of caution until we get more definitive proof.
Here is another fact. Anise scented oils can help a men who are going through male menopause. Although men do not loose their hormonal production as quickly as women, men can and do feel the effects of diminished testosterone. As women can find anise arousing so can men. As women can get support to their sexual reproductive organs so can men.
Spiritual signature of anise seed is about supporting you to see the pain or the things you do not like. It wants you to know that you are not alone and support is there for you. There is also evidence that anise oil is a natural pain killer. It will help in reducing pain in individuals struggling with rheumatism, arthritis as well as joint pain. Anise oil detoxes as will as enhancing blood circulation. The antispasmodic qualities of anise oil can be useful for reducing pain within the muscles and pains brought on by spasms. Anise reduces pain in the body both physically and energetically.
There is some research done on Fennel oil which also has anethole in it. The research wanted to see if anethole would help improve thrombosis or blood clots within blood vessels. The research was named “Protective effect of Foeniculum vulgare essential oil as well as anethole in the experimental model of thrombosis” by Tognolini M, Ballabeni V, Bertoni S, Bruni R, Impicciatore M, Barocelli E. They discovered that both Fennel essential oil as well as anethole (100 mg kg(-1) oral administration) offered substantial safety toward ethanol induced gastric lesions in rats. They concluded that anethole was antithrombotic as well as being clot destabilizing with vasorelaxant action.
This study brings up an important issue, that of ingesting oils. Anise has long been known for its digestive support. This relates to the herbal qualities of the seeds. The essential oil of Anise is almost totally anethole, an ether. Ethers are big phenols and just as phenols are difficult digest so are ethers. Herbally they support digestion while the essential oil is difficult to digest. The liver can become taxed breaking down the anethole so that it becomes water soluble. I appreciate the results of this study, but as a qualified aromatherapist I can not support the ingestion of this oil. It would be better to ingest the seeds themselves.
As you can see Anise Oil can be important to the health and well being of men and women if used safely. Anise seed has a very pleasant aphrodisiac effect. We all need a little more anise and pleasure in our life.