Anise Myrtle Essential Oil


(22 customer reviews)

A fresher, more intense Aniseed aroma when compared to traditional Aniseed aromas, good for calming, relaxing grounding, also masks bad smells.

SKU: AM Category:
Brand: Essentially Australia®


Anise Myrtle Essential Oil (Aniseed Myrtle Oil)

Our Anise Myrtle essential oil is clearly superior to any of the other traditional aniseed essential oils. Anise Myrtle is far fresher, a little stronger and purer in its Aniseed aroma than regular Aniseed essential oils.

The Anise Myrtle is simply the best Aniseed-type essential oil in the world. (We have conducted focus groups on traditional exotic Aniseed and Anise and convincingly found the native Anise Myrtle to be the preferred oil!)

Botanical name  Syzygium anisatum (previously Backhousia anisata)

Ingredients 100% v/v pure Anise Myrtle essential oil (Aniseed Myrtle oil).

Please take a look at our Anise Myrtle essential oil video

Anise Myrtle Essential Oil (Aniseed Myrtle Oil) Aroma

Licorice, aniseed, fresher and more pleasant than traditional anise and aniseed. Pleasant for men, women and especially children, especially if they like licorice sweets!

Anise Myrtle Essential Oil (Aniseed Myrtle Oil) Benefits

Good for relaxing. Relaxing in the bedroom at night, air freshening, grounding and calming. Masks other scents, bad flavours and bad smells.

Anise Myrtle Essential Oil (Aniseed Myrtle Oil) Uses

In an oil burner, vaporiser, potpourri, massage oil, bath. Add a few drops to a diffuser to mask a bad smells. Use in washing products to eradicate or mask bad smells. Use in cleaning animal kennels and blankets. Anise Myrtle oil also attracts fish to fish lures.


Directions and More Uses

Aromatherapy Oil

2 to 4 drops in an oil burner, a couple of drops in a vaporiser, 1 to 2 drops into a bath.

Massage with Anise Myrtle Essential Oil 

1 drop per 20ml of carrier oil (Anise Myrtle oil can cause skin sensitisation).

Mix Anise Myrtle Oil into 

Soaps, washing liquids at 0.5% to 1%

Key Chemical Constituents of Anise Myrtle Essential Oil

Trans-anethole is equal to or greater than what is found in traditional Aniseed or Star Anise.


Do not use during pregnancy.
Anethole can be a dermal irritant.
Keep out of reach of children.
Store away from direct sunlight.
Store below 30 degrees.

Anise Myrtle essential oil plant in flower

Anise Myrtle essential oil plant in flower, Byron Bay

Other Common Names

Aniseed Myrtle, Ringwood.

Previous Botanical Names

Backhousia anisata, Anethola anisata.

Natural Occurrence in Australia 

A rainforest tree to 40 metres, it is very rare in the wild and limited to the Bellinger and Nambucca Valleys of northern New South Wales.

Characteristics of Anise Myrtle Essential Oil

Watery, strong, with a pleasant licorice or anise aroma.


Extraction and Farming Method of Anise Myrtle Essential Oil

Anise Myrtle essential oil is extracted via steam distillation of the stems and branches. Anise Myrtle is grown in plantations around northern New South Wales, these plantations were actually planted for the herb or bush tucker markets until the ‘rediscovery’ of its unique essential oil.

The trees are harvested and are then steam distilled for around 1 hour. The harvesting is done by unique farm machinery designed by the farmers themselves, leaves are ‘pruned’ like a hedge, a vacuum sucks the leaves into a bin and the leaves are placed into stainless steel boiler.

History – Anise Myrtle essential oil

Traditional Usage

Little knowledge of traditional use is available, mainly because the tree is so rare and the traditional knowledge in this area has been largely lost.

Early European Usage

The trees were briefly harvested during World War 2 as a substitute for aniseed flavouring which was in short supply.

Present Day Usage

Bush Tucker pioneers Peter Hardwick and later Sibylla Hess-Buschmann, rediscovered the plant and began selecting superior genetic varieties, then established small plantations in northern New South Wales. Anise Myrtle essential oil as a product was developed after the herb was re-established.

The Anise Myrtle herb or leaf has been demonstrated by the Australian Government’s research department, RIRDC (Rural Industries and Research Development Corporation), to have antioxidants levels 5 times greater than blueberries. It is also several times higher in Lutein, Magnesium, Calcium, Manganese and Vitamin E compared to blueberries.

Anise Myrtle is a new oil to the aromatherapy industry. It has the potential to supersede traditional Aniseed essential oils on the basis of a superior anethole content and a superior, fresher Anise aroma.

Blend Anise Myrtle Essential Oil with

Essentially Australia oils: Eucalypts, Niaouli, Tea Tree
Other Oils: Cardamon, Caraway, Cedarwood, Coriander, Fennel, Manadarin, Petegrain, Rosewood.

Typical Constitution of Anise Myrtle Essential Oil (Aniseed Myrtle Essential Oil)

alpha-pinene                                            0.13%
myrcene                                                   0.12%
alpha-phellandrane                                  1.97%
limonene                                                  0.23%
beta-phellandrane                                   0.88%
para-cymene                                           0.39%
1,8-cineole                                              0.40%
alpha-terpinolene                                    0.07%
estragole (methyl chavicol)                    5.76%
z-anethole (cis-)                                     0.57%
e-anethole (trans)                                87.61%
beta-caryophllene                                  0.14%
bicyclogermacrene                                 0.20%

Optical Rotation@ 20C: -1.39
Relative Density@ 20C: 0.978
Refractive index @ 20C: 1. 553

Additional information

Weight .25 kg
Dimensions N/A

12ml, 25ml, 100ml, 1kg

Additional Information

22 reviews for Anise Myrtle Essential Oil

  1. Ben

    Fantastic Stuff!!

  2. Richard T Williams (verified owner)

    wonderful in drinks one drop produces a mild sweet licorice flavor. In my bedtime blend with lavender and cape chamomile.

  3. Pleiadians Handmade (verified owner)

    Excellent one I just put a little bit in my wrist before bed, it send me to sleep in 15 mins Zzzzzzz. Definitely will use in my products!

    • admin (store manager)

      Thanks for the positive and interesting feedback Pleiadians handmade, much appreciated!

  4. Nic (verified owner)

    Gorgeous! A very pleasant anise aroma. Very relaxing and grounding. Simply beautiful. One of my favourites so far.

  5. Cheryl Gatt (verified owner)

  6. Susan B. (verified owner)

    Love this oil. My favourite.

  7. Stacey McDonald (verified owner)

    Very impressed with the smell

    • Greg Trevena (store manager)

      Thanks Stacey, best wishes.

  8. Matilda Dabusti (verified owner)

    I love this oil. We first found it when we were on holidays in Byron Bay. On returning home we couldn’t find anywhere locally that sold it- so I went online. It arrived within days of me placing the order. Great!!!

  9. Anonymous (verified owner)

    This essential oil is just like having the fresh leaves to make aniseed myrtle tea or flavoured water, beautiful, thank you. The delivery service is wonderful too.

    • Greg Trevena (store manager)

      Thanks for such a positive report

  10. Nicole S. (verified owner)

  11. Mark W. (verified owner)

    A wonderful Australian Essential Oil…far better than expected…thank you.

    • Greg Trevena (store manager)

      Hi Mark, the Australian Anise Myrtle is the best Anise oil of them all, best wishes.

  12. Vanessa (verified owner)

    Another beautiful Australian essential oil.

  13. Jo Harris (verified owner)

    This is a very interesting oil. A more subtle licorice scent, more pleasant than aniseed itself and fennel I think with the freshness of Australian natives.

    • Greg Trevena (store manager)

      We believe its a superior Aniseed scented oil!

    • Greg Trevena (store manager)

      Hi Jo, yes we believe this anise oil is superior to the other Anise or Aniseed oils

  14. Greg Trevena (store manager)

    Thanks Malcolm, regards, Greg

  15. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I love the Anise Myrtle, it’s so fresh and calming.

    • Greg Trevena (store manager)

      yes I like it to, before cricket it was good and calming

  16. jaymi

    Hey, not a review just a quick question. Can you use your essential oils in candle making and do you know their flash points?

    • Greg Trevena (store manager)

      Hi Jaymi, yes you can use our oils in candle making, Eucalyptus oil has a low flash point (Lemon Scented Gum has a high flash point and is effective in candles), Tea tree oil, Fragonia and White Cypress leaf oil have low flash points,

      The woody oils have every high flash points and are good for candle making, especially Buddha Wood, White Cypress wood oil and Sandalwood.

      Hope this helps.

  17. Rachel Carroll (verified owner)

    Such a brilliant deodoriser! Especially for pet-related smells.

    • Greg Trevena (store manager)

      Hi Rachel, we are pleased it worked so well for you.

  18. Dana L. (verified owner)

    • Greg Trevena (store manager)

      Thank you Dana

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  20. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Not as popular fragrance amongst my friends

    • Greg Trevena (store manager)

      Anise/Aniseed is love or hate not much inbetween

  21. James Beattie (verified owner)

    A beautiful oil I’m looking forward to giving a workout!

  22. Katelyn Prentice (verified owner)

    So delicious in my homemade balms

    • Greg Trevena (store manager)

      The best aniseed oil of them all, glad it works well in your balms!

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