Anise Seed Essential Oil | APOTEC BAY

Anise Seed Essential Oil 

European Regulation (EC)

Botanical Name

Pimpinella anisum L.




Steam Distillation


MENA Region


Anise has white flowers and yellow-brown or green-brown fruits, which contain not less than 2% (w/w) of essential oil, related to dry material. The small size and form of its dried ripe fruits cause them to be erroneously referred to as “seeds,” with the raw plant material often described as “aniseed.” Pimpinella anisum is used in traditional medicine because of its pharmacological properties which include cardiovascular action. Essential oils (EOs) obtained from Pimpinella anisum seeds were evaluated for their single and combined antibacterial activities against nine Gram-positive and Gram-negative pathogenic bacteria: Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, Escherichia coli, Proteus vulgaris, Proteus mirabilis, Salmonella typhi, Salmonella typhimurium, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The essential oils revealed promising antibacterial activities against most pathogens using broth microdilution method.


Content of Essential Oil:

2% – 6% essential oil

Main Constituents:

Trans- anethole (80%-90%), Methyl chavicol (=estragol; 1 – 2%), Anisaldehyde (1%), Ester of 4methoxy-2-(1-propenyl)-phenol (®5%), ϒ-himachalen



Food and beverage industry, as ingredient of famous liqueurs, confectionery and bakery products. Pharmaceutical industry such as respiratory disorders remedy, treatment of constipation, significant relaxing effect on tracheal and ileal smooth muscles contracted by several contraction-inducing agents. 



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*Customers and users are responsible for ensuring the compliance with applicable legislations.
*The concentrated extracts of APOTEC BAY are raw materials for product formulation. Accordingly, they are not intended for any direct consumption in food and beverage and/or for undiluted topical application in cosmetics, perfumery, and aromatherapy.
*Keep away from children.


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[7] V. Pontes, et. al, Preclinical investigation of the cardiovascular actions induced by aqueous extract of Pimpinella anisum L. seeds in rats, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2019, pp. 74 -80

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