Menstrual problems have a huge impact on the life quality of a woman. That intimate area is always sensitive and prone to many infections. Even the slightest imbalance in the vaginal flora and all hell can break loose. Thankfully, we have Anise essential oil.
This oil is one of the best remedies for menstrual problems and gynecological infections.The first part of this article is about the effect of the oil on menstrual problems. The oil of Anise is one very pleasant essence to use. I will tell you a bit more about this oil right before getting into the properties and recipes.
It has multiple benefits, and not only for a good hormonal health. You can find these recipes in the second and last part of the article.
Did You Know?
- This flavorful spice and herb emits a very strong and beautiful fragrance. All the parts of the anise plant are highly aromatic. You can smell its characteristic scent in the leaves, twigs, flowers, fruits and even roots.
What to Know about Anise Essential Oil, Its Effects and Benefits
In the plant world, anise is known as Pimpinella anisum L. Its fragrance is similar to that of licorice, which makes it very popular in Aromatherapy. It is one of those scents that work great in various combinations for homemade perfumes.
Its appearance is a lot like carrot seeds; its flowers being disposed just like them or parsley. The essential oil is only extracted from the seeds however, which are also the fruits. The extraction method used is steam distillation. This method yields two products: one is the essential oil, and the other is the hydrosol.
Hydrosols or floral waters are byproducts of steam distilled plant materials. In other words, almost every existent essential oil has a correspondent hydrosol.
Anise hydrosol is weaker than the essential oil as it barely contains traces of oil molecules. Basically, you could call it infused water, with its own properties. Anise hydrosol is great to use as toner, for instance.
Anise essential oil is not to be confused with Star Anise essential oil! They are separate species and they have a different chemical profile. Therefore, they both have very different properties and benefits.
The chemical profile of this oil is what makes it special. Its main constituent is called trans-anethole and it can be found in an almost 90% concentration.
Physically, it gives the oil its sweet taste and fragrance. That is why this substance and the oil are used as flavoring agents. Its more significant effects refer to an estrogenic activity. Trans-anethole mimics estrogen.
Estrogenic activity refers to the effects of estrogen. Estrogen is a female sex hormone that can also be synthesized and used as medication.
Estrogen’s main responsibility is to help the female reproductive system. It can help develop and regulate its proper functioning. It also gives the gender characteristics. Estrogen, whether natural or synthesized, can only mimic the natural hormone.
What does estrogen do? The hormone attaches to cells, makes its way inside and then activates the estrogen receptors. Estrogen needs these receptors to be able to control or modify genes.
How can trans-anethole help with hormonal health and menstrual problems?
By mimicking the female hormone (estrogen), it can help thickening the endometrium (vaginal wall). It can also regulate the menstruation.
When the endometrium thickens, it starts being shed. This “shedding” is what we call menstruation and Anise essential oil can regulate it or cause it.
Other benefits of trans-anethole mimicking estrogen:
- It can stimulate and speed up the metabolism.
- It can improve vaginal lubrication.
- The substance can also balance the salt and water retention.
- Stimulates the production of cortisol. This one is also a big help in regulating the metabolism and controlling blood pressure.
- It ensures a good blood circulation and maintains the integrity of blood vessels and tissue.
- It can regulate menstruation by increasing the estrogen level in the body. That will lead to the release of the hormone responsible for triggering the ovulation.
- It can also stimulate sexual desire (receptivity) with a small estrogen surge.
- A lack of estrogen can cause hormonal problems. They usually translate into the production of more sebum (oil). An excess of sebum may lead to acne, which is often seen around the monthly cycle. Since the oil of Anise can balance the level of estrogen, this problem can also be improved.
All these effects of Anise essential oil can be used to:
1) Regulate menstruation.
2) Relieve menstruation pain.
3) Deal with the characteristic bloating and digestive disorders that occur around the monthly cycle.
4) Help with pre-menopause symptoms.
5) Soothe and relieve many menopause related problems.
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The oil of Anise is considered a very good emmenagogue and galactagogue.
Emmenagogue is a medical term that refers to the stimulation of blood flow in the uterus. This can often lead to the stimulation of menstruation.
Galactagogue is a substance (drug or food) that stimulates or increases the maternal milk flow. If you’re interested in this particular benefit of the oil, I suggest you talk to your doctor first.
The dose and the right time to use this oil should be determined after a thorough background check.
“ANETHOLE YIELDS ANISIC ACID IN MAN, RABBIT, & RAT.” (Source)
Anisic acid is a substance that can protect against inflammations and infections. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. This substance can actually help your body fight genital infections and balance the flora.
How to Use Anise Essential Oil?
Being a volatile essence, this means the oil’s tiny molecules travel by air. They can get to the brain and work their magic in a matter of seconds.
a) Inhalation is the most effective method of benefiting from what the oil has to offer. You can inhale up to 70 – 80% of the oil. It can then stimulate the release of dopamine and make you feel good.
The oil of Anise can also help you relax and unwind. It can also give you the necessary “pick-me-up” to start a new project or simply get out of a bad mood.
Thus, you can diffuse a few drops (3 – 5) for half an hour, every two hours. Make sure the room is well ventilated to avoid headaches or nausea. You can also mix it up with another oil you like.
b) Topical application is another safe and simple to use method. You can dilute a few drops of Anise essential oil with some carrier oil. Apply with massage movements all over the skin or pulse points.
The oil can also be mixed with bath salts, honey, milk, shower gel, etc. Try adding smaller amounts at first, and always test it for allergic reactions.
c) Compresses are another practical use for this essential oil. You can simply moist the compress in some hot water and then pour a few drops of Anise oil on it.
Keep it pressed on the stomach or pelvic area, back, ligaments, etc. to relieve pain and inflammation. This will also stimulate a correct digestion, as will topical (skin) applications.
Did You Know?
- There is a confirmed link between the lunar rhythm and the menstrual cycle. One study showed a significant number of women who had their menstruation around the new moon.
Anise Essential Oil Blends to Soothe and Prevent Menstrual Problems
By now, I believe you can trust that this aromatic essence can be very beneficial to your hormonal balance. Keep in mind though that essential oils are somewhere between herbal teas and medications.
They are less potent than a drug, and it also has less side effects. In fact, these side effects (if any) may only occur if you take very large doses. Or, in case you inhale the oil for longer than 30 minutes, every 2 hours.
Now, let’s see some blend recipes with the oil of Anise. I hope they’ll help you put it to the test and calm down those nasty menstrual issues. Hopefully, the oil will make monthly cycles a lot more bearable from now on.
1) Anise Essential Oil for Irregular Menstruations
Being able to stimulate and maintain a good blood flow in the uterus, the oil is great to have around each month. If you know you should have had your menstruation and you’ve ruled out a possible pregnancy, you could start applying Anise oil on the pelvic area daily.
Regular Menstruation Blend
- Anise essential oil: 10 drops
- Clary Sage essential oil: 10 drops
- Sage essential oil: 10 drops
- Evening Primrose oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Mix all the ingredients well and shake the blend before each use. Apply twice a day, for three weeks at first. Afterwards, take an eight-day break and restart applying for another two weeks, or until the menstruation begins. If this doesn’t work and you don’t have a more regular cycle, you should consult a doctor.
2) Anise Essential Oil for Menstruation Pain
This is one of the worst aspects of having monthly cycles. The first day of menstruation is especially painful. To be able to cope with that mood and pain, you should have a ready-to-use blend on hand.
Relieve Menstruation Pain Blend
- Anise essential oil: 10 drops
- Basil essential oil: 11 drops
- Valerian essential oil: 4 drops
- Sweet Almond oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Apply this blend all over the lower abdomen area and the lower back. It should start working in a few minutes after application. Keep the massaged area warm and reapply every 2 hours or so. Feel free to use it if the pain comes back sooner.
3) Anise Essential Oil for Bloating and Digestive Problems Related to Menstruation
The ovaries start to swell when the menstruation begins. Therefore, they’ll start putting pressure on the colon and either cause constipation or diarrhea. Anise can also relieve all those gases, so use it without worries.
- Fennel essential oil: 3 drops
- Anise essential oil: 7 drops
- Coriander essential oil: 5 drops
- Carrier oil: 1 Oz (30 ml)
Shake this blend well before each use and apply all over the abdomen and stomach area. Use clockwise movements, and keep the area warm for a few minutes.
That way the oils will penetrate the skin and reach the stomach faster. Apply it after each meal you have and don’t forget to drink plenty of water to aid the digestion.
4) Anise Essential Oil for Pre-Menopause Symptoms
Pre-menopause is not a fun moment to have in life, but it has its purpose. It can help you learn more about the coming period and the transformations your body will undergo. This is the time when you’ll experience some of the symptoms associated with menopause.
Pre-Menopause Aid Blend
- Anise essential oil: 8 drops
- Cypress essential oil: 8 drops
- Clary Sage essential oil: 10 drops
- Tamanu oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Apply two or three times a day, on the lower part of the abdomen and along the spine. Take a break from this specific type of blend after 2 – 3 weeks. Try using a different blend in the meantime, to avoid the skin getting used to the ingredients. They will become less effective if you use them for a long time.
5) Anise Essential Oil for Menopause Symptoms
This period of time in a woman’s life can have advantages but also disadvantages. For one, you’ll have fewer periods. But at the same time, you’ll have to combat flashes, depression, and insomnia, maybe weight gain, dry skin, etc.
Of course, it’s not a rule to experience them all. Nonetheless, either symptom may be very discomforting. Here’s a blend to help with all these symptoms:
Menopause Aid Blend
- Anise essential oil: 10 drops
- Angelica essential oil: 8 drops
- Clary sage essential oil: 5 drops
- Rosehip seed oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Mix all these ingredients and shake well the blend before each use. That is to activate the molecules so the blend works faster. Apply on the pulse points, on the spine and the pelvic area two times a day. Use a moderate amount each time and take a week break after two or three weeks of use.
A Few Precautions:
Always use the oil diluted (mixed) with other oils for skin applications.
Also, test it for allergic reactions before using it on wider skin areas.
And avoid its use in the first trimester of pregnancy or nursing, especially without medical consent.
Don’t forget to test it for allergies! Just mix a drop of Anise with a drop of carrier, and apply on a sensitive area. Watch it for a few hours to make sure there’s no sensitivity or irritation after its use.
So, these are some great news I’d say, right? Who doesn’t want to know about a natural remedy that could take away that nasty pain and mood of the first day(s) of menstruation?! I know I would – anyplace, anytime!
I’ve searched for reliable sources and medical database to give you all accurate details. Please let me know if you would like to know something more specific about Anise essential oil.
Maybe I’ll even dedicate it a whole article 🙂 Until next time, stay safe and free of pain and worries!