If you’re a fan of the candy-like, sweet, spicy scent of licorice, you’re going to love this diffuser blend!
It has a rich, anisic aroma, layered with herbal, peppery notes.
In addition to smelling absolutely irresistible, the Licorice Lovers Diffuser Blend has emotional benefits.
If you tend to be shy, withdrawn, or nervous about speaking up, this is the blend for you!
Use this licorice-like diffuser blend for more:
- Self-assurance & self-trust
- Clarity of thought
- Courage to speak your mind
Let’s get to the recipe, then I’ll share more about these four essential oils.
Licorice Lovers Diffuser Blend
- 4 drops Sweet Basil essential oil (Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool)
- 2 drops Anise essential oil (Pimpinella anisum)
- 2 drops Elemi essential oil (Canarium luzonicum)
- 1 drop Fennel essential oil (Foeniculum vulgare)
About the essential oils in the Licorice Lovers Diffuser Blend
Sweet Basil essential oil
Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool
Sweet Basil oil smells fresh, sweet, and herbal, with that anisic note we want for this diffuser blend.
As its chemotype shows, it’s rich in the component linalool. In studies, linalool has been shown to calm the nervous system.
While Sweet Basil oil is emotionally soothing, it’s not overly relaxing. I love using this oil for people who are constantly multi-tasking, stretching themselves thin. Sweet Basil can focus and ease your mind. It’s perfect for the middle of a workday.
Anise essential oil
Anise essential oil has a strong licorice-like aroma! Just 2 drops are enough to bring that scent to our blend.
If you’ve ever felt exhausted but unable to settle down or rest, you’ll like Anise oil: it can calm your body and mind, while also helping you feel strong enough to face challenges.
That’s largely due to its main component, trans-anethole, which can relax the body’s systems.
Trans-anethole has safety precautions to be aware of.
In Essential Oil Safety, Second Edition, Tisserand and Young recommend avoiding anise essential oil if you’re pregnant, breast-feeding, or if you have endometriosis, estrogen-related cancer, or a bleeding disorder.
Anise is also contraindicated if you’re on anticoagulant medications. It’s too strong for sensitive skin and for children under 5 years old.
Elemi essential oil
Elemi essential oil doesn’t have an anisic scent.
But its dry, lemony, peppery aroma complements the scent of licorice beautifully!
We can thank the component d-limonene for Elemi’s lemon-like notes. D-limonene has also been proven to help shift sad and anxious feelings into more positive, upbeat ones. It brings emotional security.
Learn more about Elemi oil in this YouTube video!
Sweet Fennel essential oil
Sweet Fennel adds more licorice-scent to our diffuser blend, along with sweet and earthy notes.
It enhances this diffuser blend’s ability to dispel shyness, strengthening your inner core of confidence.
Like Anise, Sweet Fennel contains trans-anethole. All of the safety concerns I mentioned for Anise apply to this oil as well.
If you’d rather avoid Anise and Sweet Fennel,
simply use more Sweet Basil and Elemi.
I hope you love the Licorice Lovers Diffuser Blend as much as I do!
Try diffusing it after dinner—the anisic essential oils can also help support digestion.
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