This sweet smelling essential oil smells just like black licorice. It is often used as a flavoring agent in cold and cough medicines, and used as a rub to relieve muscular aches and pains (when diluted with a carrier oil). It can be used as a chest rub to relieve symptoms of colds, and coughs. Vaporized Anise may also help with colds and coughs.
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|County of Origin||China|
|Therapeutic Properties||Antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, expectorant, galactagogue, stimulant, stomachic.|
|Approx. Shelf Life||4 - 5 Years|
|Plant Parts||Dried Fruit|
|Note Classification||Middle | Base|
|Method of Extraction||Steam Distilled|
|Blends well with||Lavender, Orange, Pine, Bay|
History: The plant originates from the Orient but, like most herbs, grows both in the wild and cultivated state around the Mediterranean and especially in Egypt and the Middle East. It is cultivated in Spain, France and Russia. It can be cultivated further north, but it rarely sets seed.
It was introduced to northern Europe by the Romans, and early settlers took it to North America. It was used by the Romans as a digestive – in a cake eaten after meals containing other digestive seeds such as cumin and fennel – and by the Ancient Egyptians to help digestion of their millet and barley breads.
Star anise is a native plant of Asia and commonly used in traditional cultures to spice food, reduce intestinal gas, aid digestion, and as a diuretic. It also promotes vitality and strength. It is reported that Star Anise is a key ingredient in Tamiflu. Has been used to adulterate anise seed (pimpinella ansium). Sometimes confused with Japanese Star Anise (Illicum religlosum) which is a poison. Animals like the smell and it can be used in animal feed. Star anise's primary constituent is anethole. In ancient days, Anethole was named for the area now considered Turkey and was referred to as the home of the goddess.
Indications: Antispasmodic and has estrogen qualities. Used in menopause to ease symptoms especially for hot flashes. Used for colitis spasms, flatulence, burping. Good for Post Traumatic Syndrome - memories are softened and easier to deal with, stabilizes trauma.
Mode of Administration: Bath (with proper carrier oil), inhaler, massage, mist spray, steam inhalation.
Safety: Low dosage safe, skin irritant, possible carcinogen, avoid in pregnancy.