You’d Never Have Thought That This Oil Provides Full-Body Benefits!
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Who would’ve thought an oil could do so much?
This white-flowered herbal plant has its origins in the Mediterranean region. It was introduced to the world by the Romans and the Egyptians, and its oil has gained immense popularity as an essential and an aromatherapy oil. Anise oil is extracted from the herbal plant anise, or aniseed, using steam distillation. This liquorice-flavoured oil has a variety of uses, ranging from cooking to medication. Here, we list a few benefits of this oil for your entire body.
Benefits of anise oil:
- Battle bronchitis – Anise essential oil is used in diffusers and inhalers to loosen mucus, and to ease breathing issues and asthma. It works as an expectorant, and helps relieve congestion and phlegm. Did you know that in some cases, a few whiffs of the oil are more effective than ingesting it?
- Boost breast milk – Anise oil has oestrogenic properties, and promotes breast milk production. Tea that is brewed with a few drops of anise oil helps increase lactation. However, it has been known to cause miscarriages, and pregnant women should avoid using it.
- Antispasmodic – Spasms are painful contractions of the respiratory tract, or of muscles that cause severe cough, cramps, or pain in the stomach and chest. Anise oil, when rubbed into the skin, helps reduce and calm down the spasms, and relax the muscles.
- Digestion – It’s an old custom in India to chew on anise seeds after a meal. It helps with digestion, bloating, and flatulence. Drinking warm water with a few drops of anise essential oil helps release any trapped gas, giving instant relief.
- Anti-epileptic – Anise oil is known for its narcotic and sedative properties. The use of this oil slows down blood circulation and respiration. It is administered quite frequently to control hysteria or an epileptic attack. However, talk to your doctor before using this on children, since it has a narcotic effect.
- Antiseptic – When used on open wounds and bruises, it creates a protective layer over the wound. Anise oil helps speed up the healing process, and has strong antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
- Increase in libido – Anise is known to have aphrodisiac properties. Drinking a glass of water infused with anise oil can help increase one’s libido. You should know that herb-based libido enhancers don’t produce instant results, but increase a person’s sex drive over a period of time.
- Deworming agent – Anise oil is an excellent natural deworming agent, especially for children. Due to its insecticidal properties, anise oil is prescribed by alternate medicine practitioners. It is very effective in killing worms found in the intestines.
Anise oil can cause allergic reactions, so please check with a health expert before you start using it. Another thing to remember is to never apply an essential oil directly to your skin, since these oils are extremely potent. Always dilute it with a carrier oil like almond oil or olive oil, before application.