Anise, Star Anise Essential Oil

Star Anise oil has an intensely sweet, spicy, warm aroma that is sometimes described as licorice-like. This oil comes from the fruit of a native Southeastern Asian tree, Illicum verum, and is known for its culinary and medicinal applications. Star Anise has been used in immune supports, digestive aids, and certain liqueur flavors.


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Star anise essential oil has many potential benefits*, including:

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Relieves pain
  • Boosts circulation
  • Improves digestion
  • Fights bacteria
  • Helps relieve stress and anxiety
  • Helps digestive discomfort
  • Eases menstrual cramps
  • Sooths coughs and colds
  • Restores physical and emotional energy
  • Helps anxiety-related sleep problems

Star anise essential oil has documented properties in aromatherapy, including analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperitive, aphrodisiac, calmative, cardiac, carminative, digestive, disinfectant, diuretic (mild), estrogenic, expectorant, insecticide, stimulant (circulatory and digestive system; respiratory tract), stomachic, tonic, and warming.

Star anise is an evergreen tree native to Asis which grows up to 35 feet in height. The fruits can be eaten fresh or dried. The leaves are poisonous. Traditional Chinese medicine has used star anise plant for centuries for a variety of ailments. In folk remedy, star anise has been used for constipation, breath freshening, joint aches, muscle spasms, sleep and toothaches. In Asia, anise is chewed after meals as it is thought to promote good digestion and sweeten the breath. It is an ingredient in cough medicines and cough drops in Japan.

Anise Star essential oil is used in aromatherapy to promote peaceful sleep, relieve digestion and intestinal issues, eases breathing, and is a natural remedy for PMS symptoms.* It has practical uses to soothe intestines and reduce flatulence.*

Star Anise essential oil is mood uplifting. It can help aid menopause symptoms and relieve menstrual discomfort. It also increases lactation.*

Anise star essential oil is used by fishermen and hunters to mask human scent.

Blends well with cedarwood, german chamomile, roman chamomile, cypress, fennel, lavender, lime, neroli, nutmeg, orange, peppermint, rose, tea tree and vanilla.

Dilute with a carrier oil for direct skin contact.

In subtle quantities, it is a wonderful addition to blends, especially with citrus oil blends or as an underpinning to a vanilla blend.

Star Anise Essential Oil Safety Information

  • Use with caution if a history of cancer
  • If you have sensitive skin, you dilute the oil with a touch more carrier oil before applying.
  • Anise can slow down the reflexes. You should avoid anything that requires full attention.
  • Potentially carcinogenic, based on estragole and safrole content. May cause reproductive hormone modulation and may inhibit blood clotting.
  • Pregnant women, nursing mothers, and individuals with certain health conditions (endometriosis, estrogen-dependent cancer) should consult with a healthcare professional before using this oil.
  • Do not use on children under the age of five.
  • For external use only. See our Safety Information page for further details when using essential oils.

Botanical Name:  Illicium verum Hooker fil., fam. Magnoliaceae (Illiciaceae)

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