Anise (Star) Essential Oil
- Distillation Method:
- Country of Origin:
- Plant Part:
- Fruit and Seed
- Latin Name:
- Illicium verum
- Naturally Grown
About the Oil: This essential oil from the fruit of the Oriental Anise tree is best known for its uplifting and spicysweet licoricelike aroma and it's ability to soothe muscle and stomach cramping.
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ABOUT THE PLANT
Star Anise comes from an evergreen tree that grows up to 12m high with a tall, slender white trunk. It bears fruit that consist of five to thirteen seed-bearing follicles attached to a central axis in the shape of a star. This tree is native to southeast China and also Vietnam, India and Japan.
ABOUT THE OIL
The essential oil is produced by steam distillation from the seeds of the fruits and sometimes the fruit itself, fresh or partially dried. Trans-anethole is the natural constituent that provides the licorice-like aroma of the oil similar to yet sweeter than that of Fennel. This Star Anise essential oil is really very rich and potent. If you're a fan of this oil, this is really worth trying!
Also like Fennel, Anise essential oil also has estrogen-like effects, though more pronounced, as it has a higher percentage of trans-anethole. The estrogen activity of anethole is well-documented, though the 'trans' form may be less potent, and perhaps safer.
Cultivated by the ancient Egyptians as a medicine and culinary spice it was thought to ‘refresh the heart'. It was well known to the Greeks and Romans as a ‘pick-me-up'. Combined with orris root it was used by Edward IV for scenting linen and clothes. Used in Chinese medicine for over 1,300 years for its effects on the digestive system and for respiratory systems. In the East is it often chewed after meals to sweeten the breath and promote digestion.
- relaxes cramping
- settles digestion
- increases absorption in the intestines
- promotes normal peristalsis
- assists the body's natural eliminatory response
- neutralizes microbes
- neutralizes insects
- soothes sore muscles, tendons and joints
- diminishes swelling
- relaxes cramping
- increases milk flow in nursing mothers
- promotes and regulates menstruation
- aids in the expulsion of mucous
- stimulates the bronchi
- relaxes cramping
- warming and drying
- increases Qi
- replenishes deficiency
- Good for introverted, melancholic or fearful people who tend to be withdrawn or frigid
- direct inhalation
- oil vaporiser
- massage to invigorate and replenish
- to quell stomach cramps
- Ingestion: 24 drops for digestion, 1 drop on a teaspoon of sugar to restore equilibrium to the autonomic nervous system
Star Anise essential oil appears as a pale yellow liquid and has a clean, sweetly-spiced top note that mingles with a strong black licorice middle note which creates an uplifting, energizing, mildly euphoric and sensually enhancing effect. It blends well with rose, lavender, orange, pine and other spice oils.
The familiar aroma is also what earned the aromatic its moniker "the fisherman's friend", as its presence in soaps was said to remove all traces of human scent, so that fish were more likely to be enticed into being caught.
Information: Various precautions for those with hypersensitive skin or with skin problems. Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 1.75%. They indicate that it may inhibit blood clotting and that it is contraindicated in pregnancy, breastfeeding, endometriosis and estrogen-dependent cancers.
Avoid use with children under 5.
Avoid use of the oil if it has oxidized.
[Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 197.]
Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.