Anise Star Essential Oil
Latin name: Illicium verum
Synonyms: Chinese anise, Chinese star anise
Plant family: Illiciaceae
Extraction : Distillation of the fruits
Origin: Native to south east China, Taiwan and Japan
Plant characteristics: An evergreen tree that grows up to 12 metres high with a slender white trunk. It bears fruit that consist of 5 – 13 seed-bearing follicles attached to a central axis in the shape of a star.
Anise Star Essential Oil characteristics: Pale yellow oil with an intense spicy, aniseed aroma.
Traditional use: In Chinese medicine it is use to treat dysmenorrhoea, indigestion, overweight, headaches, chills, and travel sickness. It has also been used to help protect from illness.
Blends well with: Coriander, Litsea, Lemon and Orange.
Cautions and comments: Despite the anethole content, it does not appear to be an irritant. However, the oil should be used in moderation .
Avoid during pregnancy.
Main chemical constituents: Trans-anethole (80%), terpenes.
How to Use
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.