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  Anise Seed
Pimpinella anisum, organically produced, steam-distilled seeds, Egypt.

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“The fisherman’s friend” is possibly best known for its use in fisherman’s soap…it is said to remove all human scent so that fish will be more apt to bite. It has a warm, sweet licorice aroma, sweeter than fennel.

Anise seed is a powerful digestant. Anise is a smooth muscle anti-spasmodic, relieving stomach cramping and discomfort. The seeds are also an effective treatment for indigestion, cramps, gas, and other digestive problems.

It is also said to be a mild anti-convulsant and a broncho-dilator, perhaps useful to asthmatics. Some sources recommend Anise Essential Oil for treating asthma and bronchitis.

Anise is said to have strong estrogen mimicking properties...its herbal form is used to increase milk secretion with nursing mothers, and as a treatment for lack of menstruation. Diluted in a Carrier Oil, the oil may ease painful menstruation and cramps.

Both Fennel and Anise, in their herbal form, are considered sources of phytoestrogens. Some components of the essential oils are reputed to increase milk secretion, promote menstruation and facilitate birth. For this reason, I would avoid the use of either Anise or Fennel oil during early pregnancy.

SAFETY:  Robert Tisserand advises that Anise Seed Oil is a potential carcinogenic based on estragole count, reproductive hormone modulation, may inhibit blood clotting.  Contraindications: Diabetes mellitus medicine, renal insufficiency, edema disorders.  Anticoagulant medications, major surgery, pregnancy, peptic ulcers, hemophilia, other bleeding disorders.  Breast feeding, endometriosis, estrogen dependent cancers, children under five.

GC/MS Analysis:
Batch No. EG-48502
Batch No. EG-12235


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