Aniseed is extracted by steam distillation; it comes from the crushed seeds of the annual plants that grow all over the world.
Although it originated from the Middle East, it is now cultivated in Europe, America and North Africa. It is part of the Umberlliferae family.
It is colourless to pale yellow.
Known for its sweet, liquorice-like aroma and used for this purpose, it is also frequently used as a flavour.
Aniseed oil is used in liquorice candy, cough drops, baking, and pharmaceutical products.
Historically, this oil has been used in liqueurs, brandies, tobacco, and spice blends.
It has many different properties and many great uses.
In perfumery, aniseed oil is used in combination with sweet orange oil and coumarin.
It is an antiseptic and often used in mouthwashes and toothpaste. It can also be used for muscular aches and pains.