C10H12O = 148.096.
Anethol, or para-methoxy-iso-allyl benzene, C6H4(OCH3)C3H5, is obtained from oil of anise. It occurs as a white, crystalline mass with the odour of oil of anise. Melting-point, 21.5° to 22°; when melted it is a strongly refractive colourless liquid. Specific gravity, 0.984 to 0.986, at 25°. Boiling-point, 233° to 234°. Optically inactive. When evaporated on a water-bath it leaves nearly 10 per cent. of a non-volatile odourless polymer.
Slightly soluble in water, readily soluble in alcohol or ether.
Action and Uses.—Anethol has the action of essential oils generally, and may be used as a carminative and expectorant.
Dose.—3 to 18 centimils (0.03 to 0.18 milliliters) (½ to 3 minims).