Botanical Name: : Illicum Verum Hook
Plant Part: Seeds
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
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.
Important Note: This essential oil may solidify, and if so, must be heated to be brought back to a liquid state. This attests to the purity of the oil you have purchased.
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.
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