Aniseed essential oil is extracted from the seeds of the herb Pimpinella anisum (also known as P. officinale and vulgare), of the Umbelliferae family. It has a pungent licorice-like smell and is also known as anise and sweet cumin. It should not be confused with Illicium verum, which is star anise and belongs to the Illiciaceae family.
Aniseed essential oil is an effective pain reliever agent, thus making it a potent oil to soothe muscle aches and stiff or sore joints. As such, it can give much relief from arthritic or rheumatic conditions, or even when you have incurred muscle aches from a strenuous workout session. It has anti-inflammatory and relaxant properties which help to soothe the inflammation and ache away.
Aniseed oil can be useful in the treatment of muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, bronchitis, whooping cough, colic, cramp, flatulence, indigestion, catarrh, and hangovers.