Star Anise Essential Oil
Botanical Name: : Illicum Verum Hook Plant Part: Seeds Extraction Method: Steam Distilled Origin: China Description: Star anise or star aniseed is a small to medium plant belonging to the Magnolia family, native to China & Vietnam, although today it’s grown almost exclusively in Southwest China and Japan.
The fruit is small, only about an inch and quarter tall (3 cm.) and has a star shape with about 5 to 10 point. The fruit is picked unripe, and sun dried to a brown color before it is used. Color: Colorless to pale yellow.
Common Uses: It is used to combat colic, rheumatism, flatulence and nausea. It also has carminative, stomachic, stimulant and diuretic properties. The whole fruit is also used a breath freshener together with mandarin. Consistency: Light Note: Top Strength of Aroma: Strong. Blends well with: Lavender, Pine, Orange, Rosewood, Clove, Cinnamon Aromatic Scent: Star Anise has a licorice-like aroma similar to aniseed, but its aroma is stronger.
History: Star Anise is often chewed in small quantities after each meal to promote digestion and sweeten the breath. The Japanese plant the tree in their temples and on tombs; and use the pounded bark as incense. Homeopaths can prepare tinctures from the seeds.
Cautions: Star Anise is generally non-toxic and non-irritating (unlike Illicium anisatum the Japanese variety that is long considered toxic).
*Not evaluated by the FDA, not to be used as medical advice.