Anise Oil


💊 Chemical information

Anís, aceite esencial de; Anis, huile essentielle d’; Aniseed Oil; Anisi aetheroleum; Anisi Etheroleum; Anisolja; Anisöljy; Ánizsolaj; Anyžiu eterinis aliejus; Anýzová silice; Esencia de Anís; Essence d’Anis; Olejek anyz owy; Oleum Anisi.


In Chin. and Eur.. Also in USNF.

Ph. Eur. 6.2

(Anise Oil; Anisi Aetheroleum). An essential oil obtained by steam distillation from the dry ripe fruits of Pimpinella anisum. It contains less than 1.5% linalol, 0.5 to 5.0% estragole, less than 1.2% α-terpineol, 0.1 to 0.4% cis-anethole, 87 to 94% trans-anethole, 0.1 to 1.4% anisaldehyde, and 0.3 to 2.0% pseudoisoeugenyl 2-methylbutyrate. A clear, colourless or pale yellow liquid. Relative density 0.980 to 0.990. F.p. 15° to 19°. Store in well-filled, airtight containers at a temperature not exceeding 25°. Protect from light.


(Anise Oil). The volatile oil distilled with steam from the dried, ripe fruit of Pimpinella anisum (Apiaceae) or from the dried ripe fruit of Illicium verum (Illiaceae). Congealing temperature not lower than 15°. Soluble 1 in 3 of alcohol (90%). Store in well-filled airtight containers. If solid material has separated, carefully warm the oil until it is completely liquefied, and mix before using.


PVC bottles softened and distorted fairly rapidly in the presence of anise oil, which should not be stored or dispensed in such bottles. 1 1. Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. Plastics medicine bottles of rigid PVC. Pharm J 1973; 210: 100.

💊 Profile

Anise oil is carminative and mildly expectorant and is a common ingredient of cough preparations. It is also a flavour. Anise oil is used in aromatherapy. It may cause contact dermatitis, probably due to its anethole content.

💊 Preparations

BP 2008: Camphorated Opium Tincture; Compound Orange Spirit; Concentrated Anise Water; Concentrated Camphorated Opium Tincture; USNF 26: Compound Orange Spirit. Proprietary PreparationsMulti-ingredient: Austral.: Cough Relief†; Digestive Aid; Gartech; Austria: Bradosol; Bronchostop; Expectal-Tropfen; Heumann’s Bronchialtee; Kamillosan; Luuf-Hustentee; Neo-Angin; Nesthakchen; Braz.: Ovariusedan†; Canad.: Beech Nut Cough Drops†; Cz.: Biotussil; Bronchosan; Bronchostop†; Neo-Angin; Stopangin; Fr.: Paregorique; Ger.: Aspasmon N†; Bronchoforton; Em-eukal Husten- und Brusttee†; Em-medical†; EphepectPastillen N; Floradix Multipretten N; Heumann Bronchialtee Solubifix T; Hevertopect N†; Kamillosan Mundspray; Leber-Galle-Tropfen 83†; NeoBallistol†; Pulmocordio mite SL†; Pulmotin; ratioGast†; Repha-Os; Salmiak†; Salviathymol N; Sinuforton; Hong Kong: Ephepect Blocker; India: Bestozyme; Kamillosan-N; Neopeptine; Indon.: Minyak Telon Cap Tiga Anak; OBH; Silex; Neth.: Bronchicum; Philipp.: Kamillosan M; Pol.: Carmolis; Herbolen D; Tobacoff; Rus.: Carmolis (Кармолис)†; Carmolis Fluid (Кармолис Жидкость)†; Stopangin (Стопангин); S.Afr.: Borsdruppels; Paragoriese-Elikser; Puma Cough Balsam; Spain: Carminativo Ibys†; Carminativo Juventus; H Tussan; Odontocromil c Sulfamida†; Switz.: Bronchofluid N†; Carmol; Carmol Plus†; Gem; Kamillosan; Makaphyt Gouttes antitussives; Neo-Bronchol; Odontal; Pastilles bronchiques S nouvelle formule; Pastilles pectorales Demo N; Penta; Thai.: Gas-Nep; Mesto-Of; UK: Hactos; Honey & Molasses; Lightning Cough Remedy; Potters Strong Bronchial Catarrh Pastilles; Potters Sugar Free Cough Pastilles; Slippery Elm Stomach Tablets; Vegetable Cough Remover; Zubes; Zubes Blackcurrant.
Published December 21, 2018.