Aniseed essential oil was a highly prized commodity in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. The Greeks used the seeds for the treatment of coughs, colds and even bad dreams. The popular Turksih alcoholic drink, Raki, is made from the seeds. In Tibetan medicine a blend of aniseed and nutmeg oil was used in a lotion for anxiety, depression and other neurotic systems. Aniseed essential oil can be used as a room freshener, to help clear tense and nervous headaches or added to the bath to ease tension and aching muscles. Use in a burner or vaporiser for asthma, colds or sinus problems, as well as for quelling nausea and vomiting. A few drops on a tissue to inhale is said to ease headaches, digestive problems, nausea and vertigo. Aniseed's therapeutic properties are as an expectorant, stimulant, laxative, carminative and antispasmodic. Top Tip: try using on fishing bait! Aroma: strong and sweet, liquorice-like. Note: avoid in allergic skin conditions or on problem skin.