Star Anise Essential Oil
Botanical binomial: Illicium verum
Other names: Star Anise Seed, Chinese Star Anise, Badiane
Country of Origin: China
Part of plant used in production: Seed
Methods of production: Steam Distilled
Characteristics: A clear to pale yellow liquid. Anise Star is a strong top note with a scent described as pungent and licorice-like.
Properties: Antispasmodic, Antifungal, anti-inflammatory
Constituents: trans-anethole, methyl chavicol, Anisaldehyde, cisanethole
Aromatherapy Uses: May help with: nervous exhaustion and stress, lumbago, arthritis, bronchitis, dull congested skin, psoriasis.
Blends well with: Lavender, pine, bergamot, orange, Ho wood, cinnamon, clove bud, lemon
Interesting Facts: Japanese star anise (Illicium anisatum), a similar tree, is highly toxic and inedible; in Japan, it has instead been burned as incense.
Safety: Dilute with carrier oil. For external use only. May cause allergic reactions.