Anise: Cure for the Common Cough

Posted by jeff on 5/17/2010 to Oils
Anise is a natural essential oil that is part of the parsley family. This botanical plant is grown mostly in Turkey. The natural essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the seeds of the plant.

The anise plant is an herb with white flowers. It grows to three feet or less, and has very delicate leaves. Anise has been used as a spice.

Seeds from the anise plant are used for a popular alcoholic drink in Turkey. It is also used a lot in medicine. Through out history it has been used as a treatment for the common cough or more serious coughing issues, such as bronchitis and whooping cough.


Anise is helpful for the respiratory system. It is also commonly used to support good digestion. Anise natural essential oil is used for a variety of medical practices including working as an antioxidant, anti-coagulant, and anesthetic.

Medical professionals prescribe anise natural essential oil for arthritis and rheumatism as a natural medicine. Pharmaceutical companies often use anise natural essential oil in cough mixtures. It helps with coughs as well as masks the distasteful flavor of other drugs in the mixture.

Anise can be taken internally but usually it is preferably used in blends. It works well with spearmint, peppermint, and fennel. If it is diluted 50-50 it can be directly applied to the sensitive location.

Anise natural essential oil should be avoided by people who are prone to allergies and inflammatory skin conditions. It has a high level of anethole, which causes dermatitis. It should also be avoided during pregnancy.

There are many courses in education about the healing properties of essential oils. Essential oils can be used for aromatherapy for healing the mind and body. For people who are enduring heartache and broken spirits, essential oils have also been used to uplift spirits and keep them rejuvenated.