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  Aniseed Myrtle
Backhousia anisata (ringwood leaf), organically produced, steam-distilled, Australia.


I’ve been sourcing this elusive oil ever since I read of it in Robbi Zeck’s The Blossoming Heart. A true licorice note for flavoring food or perfumery.

There are two chemotypes, one high in methyl chavricol (easily found, but not what I wanted since it's a suspected carcinogen) and this treasure, high in anethole, which gives it a sweet-as-candy licorice flavor and aroma.

Robbi indicates that it is useful for gastric distress, especially when caused by stress and pressure.

I have seen Aniseed Myrtle Essential Oil described as both antiseptic and a bactericide and fungicide, as well as a gastro-intestinal stimulant. It should be useful in treating a variety of stomach complaints. Another source calls it uplifting and an antidepressant. There is some indication that it might prove helpful in dealing with PMT and menopause.

SAFETY: Please avoid use during pregnancy and lactation. Robert Tisserand advises regarding drug interactions, a potential carcinogenic, based on estrogole content, a reproductive hormone modulation, and that it may inhibit blood clotting. Contraindicated: in pregnancy, breast feeding, endometriosis, estrogen dependent cancers. Caution regarding diabetes medications, anticoagulant medication, major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia, other bleeding disorders.

Photos courtesy of Mark Webb.

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