Anise star oil, illicium verum, or anise essential oil has a distinctive scent of licorice, rich and sweet. Anise star is said to promote digestion, improves appetite, alleviates cramps and nausea, cough, colds, and relieves flatulence, bad breath, and, especially in infants, colic. It is said to be useful as an expectorant for coughs. Anise star is said to promote the onset of menstruation and has also been used to help relieve cramping and spasms, and is good as a stomatic. For help in cases of insomnia, a drop or two in your difuser works great. Anise essential oil can be made into a salve or added into a carrier oil to use for relief of scabies or lice.
Anise essential oil, or Anise Star essential oil, originates in China and has been used in Chinese medicine for over 1300 years. This pale yellow essential oil is obtained by steam distillation from the fruit, and small quantities from the leaves of the evergreen tree which grows up to 12 meters high with a tall, slender, white trunk. It bears fruit that consists of 5 to 13 seed-bearing follicles attached to a central axis in the shape of a star. It is a pale yellow liquid with a warm, spicy, extremely sweet, liquorice-like scent.
Anise essential oil, illicium verum, blends well with rose, lavender, orange, and spicy essentials.
Anise oil cautions - Not recomended for those with hypersensitive skin or with skin problems. Avoid in endometriosis and oestrogen-dependent cancers.
Anise Oil Properties - antiseptic, carminative, expectorant, insect repellant, stimulant.