October Diffuser Special: Our New Ultrasonics & All Cold-Air Nebulizers come with a Free Red, Green & Yellow Mandarin EOs!

All styles of our high-end cold-air Synergy Essentials® nebulizing diffusers are in stock, and our brand-new Ultrasonic diffusers have arrived! See all our diffuser styles and prices here…

Our professional cold-air diffusers are on sale… And with every diffuser comes with a free Three-Pack 10ml bottle of each of our organic Yellow, Green and Red Italian Mandarin essential oils.

Our best cold-air professional nebulizing diffusers are on sale, and every one comes with 10mls each of organic Yellow, Green and Red mandarin essential oils!

About Our Synergy Essentials Professional Cold Air Diffusers:

The cold air nebulizing diffuser makes a fine mist of only the essential oil, and we believe the most effective way of diffusing essential oils for therapeutic activity. We consider this the absolute best diffuser for immune system support and any therapeutic use where you’d want precise control over the amount of essential oil being diffused, whether it be just a little, or a whole lot.

Our customers ‘sound-off’ about their Synergy Essentials® diffusers:

  • “I LOVE this diffuser!!! Nothing else compares!! :)” ~ M.M
  • ” I love the Synergy Essentials nebulizer. It is my very favorite. It is very quiet, easy to clean, and the rates of diffusion can be varied by a turn of the knob.” ~ N.G.
  • ” I love this nebulizer – we have two. As good if not better than some of the more expensive ones and it’s actually pretty.” ~ S.S.

Our New Ultrasonic Diffusers with Integrated Timers & Dim-Able Lights

Our new ltrasonic Diffusers are available with color-changing OR dim-able white LED's.

These awesome units will fill your home with great scents. Their built-in automatic timers and measuring cups help make diffusing your oils as easy as can be.

Simply fill the internal cup with water, add a few drops of essential oil, twist the top back on and set the internal timer.

Remember, any diffuser ordered during this special will also come with 10ml each of organic Yellow, Red and Green Italian Mandarin essential oils!

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Heavenly Skin All Year Round? It’s Possible with Our Best Anti-Aging Serum & Rosehip Seed Oils…

Want to maintain your most luscious, supple skin all year round?Yes, it is possible. We come from a sun-loving family so we made something we can use to care for our skin every day: Heavenly Skin Serum. You can ‘blend-your-own’ too (or use by itself for its magnificent skin-healing properties) with this year’s harvest of organic Rosehip Seed oil…

Now with your Next order of $89, Get a 30ml bottle of Heavenly Skin Free 
With any purchase of $108, get Heavenly Skin PLUS a 30ml bottle of 
Our super fresh Rosehip Seed oil!

Heavenly Skin is regularly $37 for 30ml, and Rosehip Seed is $11.75/2oz

We’ve put the most treasured essential oils for women’s healthy skin into one bottle. Then we added the most nutritious carrier oils that contain an abundance of vital omegas… and voila! It not only smells Heavenly, you’ll love it’s benefits.

We know very well how damaging UV rays, chlorine, environmental toxins, winds and harsh high altitude elements have a huge effect on our most noticed, and largest, organ. We’ve also yet to find anyone who chooses premature wrinkles or sun spots! So we’ve crafted a blend that is like beauty in a bottle. You’ve known and loved our Heavenly Skin for a long time. It’s packed with the most potent essential and carrier oils known to promote Women’s healthy skin.

Healthy, radiant skin comes with topical preventative and rejuvenative care, drinking lots of pure, alkaline water and nourishing the skin from the inside.

Whether you support your skin by diet or the therapeutic formulas you apply topically, for heaven’s sake, keep your skin smiling on the outside with stuff it will literally gobble up and love you for providing it such a treat.

Heavenly (adj) - of the Heavens, Divine

What’s in Ananda’s Heavenly Skin Serum?

Our Heavenly Skin formula contains the most treasured essential oils that are known to enhance complexion. We’ve made a synergistic blend of: Bulgarian Rose OttoClary SageSea Buckthorn CO2Ylang Ylang, Wild Carrot SeedCarrot CO2, Corsican Helichrysum italicum Indian Sandalwood, and High Elevation French Lavender essential oils. It’s aroma is truly heavenly.

Together these essential oils would be insanely wonderful, but we’ve added some super nourishing carrier oils to take all that goodness to the deeper layers of your skin to do some work underneath, where it counts!

We’ve blended organic Argan, Evening Primrose, Pomegranate Seed, Rosehip Seed and a touch of virgin Coconut oils and added them to the same bottle. All of these exquisite, skin-beautifying oils are exceptionally hydrating, balancing and supportive for regenerating healthy dermis.  It is made for daily application~

Rosehip Seed has been positively researched for its anti-aging actions on the skin.

What’s So Amazing About Rosehip Seed Oil?

Rosehip Seed oil is an excellent choice to add to any of your skin care blends or creams to:

  • Reduce signs of aging
  • Improve hydration of the skin
  • Reduce appearance of sun damage

And New Research shows how it can reduce arthritic pain!

This year’s harvest of fresh organic Rosehip Seed oil is just in. You can enjoy it’s multi-use applications and can easily incorporate it into your daily life. We use Rosehip Seed oil in many of our own skin care blends.

We like to think of Rosehip Seed oil as superfood for the skin. It’s loaded with tons of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that synergistically work to make it one superb nourishing oils for your skin, hair and nails.

Rosehips are the fruit of the rose plant. Inside are tiny seeds covered with silky hairs. Should you eat one, you'll find they taste similar an apple. Your skin, however finds its oil a priceless treasure

Rosehip seed oil acts like nature’s Retin-A, speeding up skin cell turnover, and reducing wrinkles and scars. It can be used at 100% strength daily, though is most often used in blends making up a total of 10 – 30% of the carrier oils. Further, it can prevent further sun damage from it’s high amount of anti-oxidants. Its use in aromatherapy is often in blends for scar reduction, anti-aging and skin smoothing, stretch marks, and the like.

Check out our recent post on the many benefits of Rosehip Seed oil here!

Now through October 3, 2015, you can get our lovely Heavenly Skin and Rosehip Seed oil with any order.

With any order of $89, Get a 30ml bottle of Heavenly Skin FREE 
With any purchase of $108, get Heavenly Skin 
PLUS a 30ml bottle of
Our  Rosehip Seed oil!

Now through October 3, 2015, you can receive a Gift of Heavenly Skin Serum or both our Heavenly Skin and Rosehip Seed Oil with your Next Order.

Mention in the Comments Box ‘Heavenly Skin’ with your $89 order. With any purchase of $108 enter in the Comments Box ‘Heavenly Skin Plus Rosehip’ and we’ll Include them both! Limit 1 per customer per day; two total per customer.







































    1) GO to the Ananda Home Page, OR back to the page from which you came (only if you were already on the Ananda website!) and THEN click on the Facebook  Share button.

    2) Complete the login and sharing process. You must have an account, or set one up, with whichever service you use. Really, this only takes a few moments! As above, you can also request these blends with ANY order over $79.

    Again, you may do this from ANY page where the Share button appears on our website. You can choose the Ananda Home Page, our complete List of Essential Oils, or, if you were already on our site, follow this link to return to the page you were just on.

    IMPORTANT – To receive your oil! Once you’ve shared Ananda on Facebook :

    IN THE COMMENTS BOX OF THE CHECKOUT PAGE: Please request your Super Immune and Purify.

    Thank you for taking part!

    All the Best,
    The Ananda Apothecary Staff


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Improve Digestive & Liver Health & Much More with Aniseed Essential Oil

Five Different Studies Reveal The Abundant Array
Of Therapeutic Benefits Of 
Aniseed Essential Oil

Digestive Health, Liver Disease, Pneumonia,
Head Lice & Exhibiting Antioxidant Activity

Anise in bloom. This is what the plant seeds look like before collected and put in a spice jar or ground up. The health benefits Aniseed Essential Oil is known as one of the strongest essential oils of all. The results can be incredible, although do use it with great care. Recipes and Precautions below. Bama's (aka Grandma's) 'Biscochito' recipe is also below! The New Mexico favorite cookie.

It’s hard to believe that one essential oil could have so many, plentiful benefits~

It’s often difficult to find significant research on any one particular essential oil, so we’re thrilled to be able to share several studies that have been done on the therapeutic benefits of Aniseed essential oil.

Since Anise has been used for centuries for both culinary and medicinal purposes, we suppose a deeper look into this plant is warranted, as well as suited for the curious, and the practicality of keen minds.


About Aniseed

Anise seed extract, Pimpinella anisum, belongs to the carrot (Umbelliferae) family and grows to be about 2-3 feet tall. It has a distinctive liquorice like smell and taste. It is native to Egypt, Asia Minor, Crete and Greece. Around the world it is commonly used for its various properties including a digestive aid, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. Way back when… Egyptians used it to “freshen the heart”; the Greeks and Romans used it as a “pick me up”; in Biblical times, anise was so highly prized that it was often used for tithes, offerings and payment of taxes in Palestine. The essential oil itself is clear to pale yellow in color. It has a sweet licorice odor. Aniseeed is commonly used today for treating stomach issues, flatulence and added to flavor candy, liquor, beverages, and spice blends. Aniseeds are delightfully fragrant mainly because of their high concentration of anethole. Precautions about using Aniseed oil are at the bottom of this page.

~Five Impressive Studies on Aniseed Essential Oil Detail It’s Many Uses~

Anise was first cultivated in Egypt and the Middle East, but was brought to Europe for its medicinal value.

I. Liver Health

In one published study in the Journal of Iran Basic Medical Science, Aniseed essential oil provides antioxidant activity that protects against toxicity that causes liver damage. Aniseed essential oil was investigated with regards to liver induced damage. In their study they injected a well-known liver toxic agent, CCl4, which is a known causative agent for liver damage. They then treated the damaged liver with Aniseed essential oil and found that Aniseed essential oil does in fact protect against CCl4 by decreasing liver cell death and increasing enzymatic levels in the liver that protect it from damage. The study concluded that Aniseed essential oil does in fact have antioxidant activity due to the abundance of polyphenolic compounds that have been well known as antioxidant agents, and therefore the protection against liver cells results. [1]

II. Antibacterial

Bacterial pneumonia is caused by bacteria germs. The streptococcus pneumoniae germ is the most common cause of bacterial pneumonia. Viral pneumonia is caused by virus germs. About half the cases of pneumonia are viral.

Known as an effective antibacterial, Aniseed essential oil was studied for it’s ability to help treat pneumonia. Streptococcus pneumonia is the bacterial pneumonia that is spread from human to human contact and is easily treatable with antibiotics, however due to excessive use of antibiotics, antibiotic resistant strains are now becoming more prevalent.

Gradinaru et al. performed a study in which they examined the effects of Aniseed essential oil alone and in combination with antibiotics that are commonly used for the treatment of S. pneumonia. They discovered that Aniseed oil is 90% comprised of trans-anethole and almost all combinations of Aniseed essential oil with antibiotics showed the best antibacterial effects without diminishing antibiotic efficacy. [3]

TRY: Diffuse Aniseed oil and inhale directly. Aniseed also can calm your nerves and ease congestion, coughs and colds. Aniseed oil also pairs well with spicy oils like caraway, cardamomcedarwood and mandarin essential oils.*

III. Antioxidant

Aniseed essential oil has also shown to have high antioxidant activity. Due to the vast array of healing properties reported and available studies, a review of pharmacological properties of Aniseed essential oil was done via Asie Shojaii et al. From all the scientific studies available, Aniseed oil was shown to be richly composed of fatty acids and to exhibit high antioxidant actions against most reactive oxygen species including nitric oxide. It was shown to have antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal effects against most pathogens, promote muscle relaxation by acting directly on muscle receptors, and work as an anticonvulsant by increasing the threshold for clonic seizures. [2]

IV. Gastro-Intestinal Health

Additionally, Aniseed elicits GI relief. It has been proven to inhibit gastric mucosal damage that is induced by ulcers, it can help alleviate constipation, help with menstrual cramps and post menopausal hot flashes, and even help with inflammation. A study on Type 2 Diabetic patients show improvement in fasting blood glucose and decreasing overall serum cholesterol levels via supplementation with Aniseed oil. It’s believed the chemical anethole, found in anise is what helps digestive disorders, constipation and it als0 helps prevent anemia by facilitating the absorption of vitamin B-12.

TRY: To relieve stomach cramps, mix five drops of anise oil with one tablespoon of almond oil and massage unto your stomach. Diffuse it, or Add 5 drops to a handkerchief and inhale. It’s useful for settling digestive problems and can also benefit migraine and vertigo sufferers.*

We also find Roman Chamomile, highly effective for belly aches. Just rub a few drops onto your belly.

NOTE: Before applying aniseed oil to your skin, do a skin patch test to make sure you’re not allergic to the oil. If you’re not, add 2-3 drops of the oil to 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba.

V. Head Lice

DIY Recipe below. Take extra care with young children.

Aniseed could also help in ridding nasty head lice. In an study in Iceland found that a combination of Aniseed essential oil (together with cinnamon, thyme, peppermint and nutmeg) was effective in treating lice. The phenols, phenolic ethers, ketones and oxied (1,8 cineole) appear to be the heavy weight components of these essential oils when used on lice. The procedure involved (1) the combination of all the essential oils in alcohol to treat lice directly and then (2) rinsed the next day with the essential oil blend, vinegar and water. It’s unclear which protocol (1) or (2) worked, but it does.

TRY: Dilute Aniseed oil with coconut oil or almond oil and rub onto your scalp. We’ve also learned that you can add Ylang Ylang essential oil to the Aniseed and it works very effectively.*



Bama’s Biscochito Recipe
Bama, is the adoring nickname we now use for Grandma in our family. Years ago, as a toddler one of our kids used to call out for ‘Bama’ because the word Grandma was not yet pronounceable! Enjoy~)

Top off the cookies with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Flip one side onto the sugar mix prior to baking.

Just in time for Fall - get a jump on trying these out and once perfected, make them for the Holidays as is with the tradition for this lovely treat. Biscochitos are the New Mexico State cookie. Really! Once you’ve had them made (from this recipe) you’ll understand why. In our family, we don’t dare have Christmas dinner without them! Like the good ole days, these are not gluten nor fat or sugar free but you will remember how Grandma bakes and you’ll snicker at yourself for indulging in the sweetness of life! After all we have to remember why all the greatest gourmet chefs in France or on the Farm wouldn’t dare think of making a cookie without fat and sugar. (aka, and forever Bama… as one of our kids used to call her because the word Grandma was not yet pronounceable to the growing toddler!)

Mix til creamy:
1 Cup sugar, 2 Cups lard (Morrell Lard), 2 Eggs
you can substitute the lard for butter or shortening, but note it changes the taste,
of which the traditional cookie is known

1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 tsp Anise seeds 
OR- try Aniseed oil 3-5 drops and 1 tsp Anise seeds (you’ll
want the actual seeds for the texture)

Add to:
5 Cups flour, 1/2 Cup half & half,  1 tsp of Lemon extract or Vanilla extract or Whiskey
you can also use 1/4 Cup orange juice in lieu of the above extracts

Roll out the dough (as you would pie crust) and press with a shaped cookie cutter

Add more milk if needed. Bake at 400

A 2012 study showed that aniseed interacts with certain drugs. If you use fluoxetine, codeine, diazepam, pentobarbital, imipramine or midazolam, do not use aniseed oil.  It may alter the efficacy of the drugs on your body and central nervous system. Do not ingest without consulting with your naturopath. Taking in as little as one to five milliliters can cause nausea, vomiting, seizures and pulmonary edema.
Aniseseed contains Phenyl-propane-ethers. It can be used neat on the skin, it’s used in food flavoring in moderation. Try only 1 drop at a time for flavoring, add as needed as it is very concentrated. Keep it away from heat if possible. Add it last. For example, say you made a syrup, you’d add it to the sauce after it was pulled off the stove. Heat changes or destroys the molecule structure. It can be used therapeutically in tinctures and in honeys. ONLY use a pure, non-diluted, organic essential oil. This holds true for other ingredients generally used as spices or in flavoring foods like thyme, cinnamon, fennel, peppermint, etc.

*The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of this oil or any products from The Ananda Apothecary. The information presented here is for educational purposes of traditional uses and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. You are responsible for understanding the safe application of these products. If you have any questions, please call or email us for further information, and of course, always as your experienced health professional first.



Mikella Zgliczynska contributed to researching and writing this article.

[1] Akram Jamshidzadeh, Reza Heidari, Mojtaba Razmjou, Forouzan Karimi, Mahmood Reza Moeiin, Omid Farshad, Amin Reza Akbarizade, and Mohammad Reza Houshangi Shayesteh. An in vivo and in vitro investigation on hepatoprotective effects of Pimpinella anisum seed essential oil and extracts against carbon tetrachloride-induced toxicity. Iran J Basic Med Sci. 2015 Feb; 18(2): 205–211
[2] Asie Shojaii and Mehri Abdollahi Fard. Review of Pharmacological Properties and Chemical Constituents of Piminella anisum. ISRN Pharm. 2012;2012:510795

[3] Gradinaru AC, Miron A, Trifan A, Spac A, Brebu M. Aprotosaoaie AC. Screening of antibacterial effects of anise essential oil alone and in combination with conventional antibiotics against Streptococcus pneumoniae clinical isolates. Rev Med Chir Soc Med Nat Iasi. 2014. 18 (2): 537-43.
Battaglia, Salvatore. “ The complete Guide to Aromatherapy.” International Center of Holistic Aromatherapy. Second Edition, 2003.





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