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Star Anise Essential Oil

Star Anise Star Anise Oil

Star Anise Oil (Illicium verum) is sometimes confused with Anise Oil (Pimpinella anisum) because both have similar names, both possess a similar aroma and both have similar, but not completely identical properties.

Star Anise Essential Oil has an aroma similar to black licorice. Star Anise Oil can be useful in diffuser and inhaler blends intended to help ease bronchitis, colds and the flu.

Star Anise Oil may also be helpful in aromatherapy blends that are intended to help digestion and muscular aches or pains.

Botanical Name

Illicium verum

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Seeds

Color

Pale Yellow

Consistency

Thin

Perfumery Note

Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma

Strong

Aromatic Description

Sharp, anise and licorice-like aroma.

Star Anise Oil Uses

Rheumatism, bronchitis, coughing, colic, indigestion/cramping, colds, flu. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 61-66.]

Major Constituents

(E)-anethole
Foeniculin
Methyl chavicol
Limonene
Linalool
Nerolidol
Cinnamyl acetate

[E. Joy Bowles, The Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils (NSW, Australia: Allen & Unwin, 2003), 190.]

Safety Information

Various precautions abound 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 clotthing 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.] Tisserand and Young include additional information that is recommended reading.

Shelf Life

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