Monday, December 1, 2008

Oil of the Month

Anise, Pimpinella anisum, commonly called sweet cumin, is from the Apiaceae family (formerly Umbelliferae). All plants in the Apiaceae family carry their oil in their seed and have an affinity with the digestive system.

Therapeutic actions of anise include: analgesic, antibacterial, anticonvulsant, antiestrogen, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aperitive, bactericidal, bronchodilator, carminative, digestant, disinfectant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, insecticide, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, and tonic.
(Anise is not the same as star anise oil. These two plants are very different botanically.)

Anise is December’s featured essential oil for ACHS’s Oil of the Month Club. As member, each month you will receive 5 ml of the oil of the month and an insert describing your oil in detail, as well as recipes and other fun ideas to incorporate into your natural health lifestyle. Oil of the Month is available through the Apothecary Shoppe at

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