An Aniseed Flower
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Anise Oil Has Many Benefits To You

Aniseed oil, also known as anise oil, has been used for food, beverage, cosmetic and even medical purposed since antiquity. It can be found in German and Spanish alcohol. It has been used in a lot of Italian cooking such as sausage and pepperoni. The essential oil has been used in perfume, mouth wash, soap and even in cosmetics and tobacco. It was mentioned in the book “Swiss Family Robinson” as a way to attract wild pigeons. It has been used in German and Italian cooking, Mediterranean cocktails, and in perfumes. It is said that when fishermen rub Aniseed oil on their hooks, the catch is improved.

Aniseed oil comes from the Anise plant which is native in the Mediterranean and Southwest Asia. The plant has a flat, white flower head and is surrounded by feathery white leaves. Inside these flowers are small, brown seed where Aniseed oil comes from.

Aniseed oil is a colorless and sometimes pale yellow liquid that has a distinctive sweet licorice scent. It can be very healthy and tests have shown it to exhibit several antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties. It can be inhaled by putting a few drops in the shower or put in an aroma diffuser and inhaled. Doing so is said to be good for a number of ailments including congestion, heart palpitations, erratic breathing, vomiting and migraines.

There are a few different ways that Aniseed can be taken. A tea can be made from the flower. It is said to help for indigestion, bloating and gas. Aniseed oil can be used in foods like pizza and desserts.  

Consuming aniseed also has several health benefits. Tests have shown that Anise can help with Iron absorption. It is used in cough mixtures and lozenges. Moreover, aniseed has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac. The aroma is said to increase milk secretion, promote menstruation, and increase libido. However, there is still no scientific evidence of this.

The oil can help with muscle aches. Aniseed oil can be used to treat scabies. It can be mixed with Eucalyptus and used as a chest rub for bronchial issues.

Humans are the only ones who enjoy aniseed. One test has shown the scent to decrease aggression and prevent the decrease of milk production in dairy cattle. Dogs are said to go wild for the scent. Some greyhound tracks cover their mechanical rabbit in it. Rats and mice enjoy the scent too. Coat a trap in the oil and catch these rodents.