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. Star Anise is an evergreen tree, 30 feet high, with star-shaped fruit, and it is fragrant but not as strong as anise seed. 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.
Botanical Name: Illicium verum
Origin: Sri Lanka
Aromatic Description: Sweet, spicy, woody
Collection Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Seed
Main Constituents: anethole, limonene, chavicol
Shelf Life: 2 to 3 years
Blending: Star Anise blends well with cardamom, caraway, cedarwood, coriander, dill, fennel, mandarin, petitgrain and rosewood.
Massage: Though not often used in massage, it’s warming effect does help stimulate blood circulation and encourage the lungs to expel phlegm. Sufferers of migraines also find it calming and relaxing as it helps relieve tension. It helps improve the skin and promoted deep comfortable sleep.
Diffusion: In burners and vaporisers Aniseed oil is useful for asthma, colds and all breathing problems, as well as quelling nausea and vomiting. It helps to calm the nerves of tense and anxiety ridden people. It also calms menstrual pains and eases nauseous migraines, while stimulating the lungs to expel phlegm. When used on a handkerchief to smell at, it is useful for settling digestive problems and can also benefit migraine and vertigo sufferers.
Safety: DO NOT ingest the oil. Possible skin sensitivity. Always do a patch test on a small area of skin. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. I massage applications, blend with good quality coconut oil or other good quality carrier oils at a ratio of 3 to 5 drops essential oil to 1 tablespoon carrier oil. Should be used by those on blood thinners.
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