Illicium verum, or Anise star, is a small evergreen tree native to southwest Asia. The flowers of the tree are a stunning bright yellow and the "fruits" are starshaped with anywhere between five and ten pointed boat-shaped sections. These sections are seedpods; rough skinned and rust colored, they can measure up to 3cm (1–1/4”) long. Anise Star has a powerful and licorice-like scent. Our Anise essential oil is steam-distilled from the star-shaped seeds of the Illicium verum tree grown in China.
Botanical Name: Illicium Verum
Country of Origin: China
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Seed
Aromatic Scent: Fresh, Sweet, Spicy, Licorice-like
- Blends well with: Lavender, Pine, Orange, Rosewood, Clove, and Cinnamon
Anise essential oil is a warming essential oil commonly used for its sweet, licorice-like aroma. Mix into blends or apply in 2–5% dilution (18–45 drops of oil to a 30ml bottle of a carrier oil).
Anise is a key ingredient in Asian cuisine. India and Pakastan chew Anise after meals as other countries use peppermint—to promote digestion and sweeten breath. Even ancient Romans ate Anise in sweet cakes after meals as a digestive! Anise star is non-toxic and non-irritating (unlike illicium anisatum—the Japanese variety that is long considered toxic). The Japanese plant their variety of Anise tree in temples and burn the pounded barck as incense. Mixed with water, Anise seed oil will become cloudy due to the anethole content in the oil.
Warning: Keep out of reach of children. Undiluted oil not intended for topical use. May irritate eyes and skin. If pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your doctor or health practitioner before use. Infant use discouraged.
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