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To Calm An Angry Belly, Reach For Anise Star Essential Oil

With an aroma similar to black licorice, anise star oil is used to relieve symptoms related to breathing difficulties such as bronchitis, colds, or flu.  

Should you wait until the winter months to purchase this essential oil? No! But even with an affordable price point, this oil is not for everyone, no matter the season.

Anise Star Essential Oil (Illicium verum), not to be confused with anise oil (Pimpinella anisum), is an aromatherapy oil used to aid digestion problems and minor muscle aches.  Anise Star Essential Oil (ASEO) is steam extracted from the evergreen tree called Star Anise. The oil is specifically obtained from the star-shaped seed-bearing dried fruit to create a thin, pale yellow oil.

ASEO has benefits other than those already mentioned, such as possessing anti-spasmodic and sedative properties. It is reported that the Anise Star is indigenous to Southeast Asia and used across regions.  Ancient Egyptians used it to “refresh the heart,” while the Greeks and Romans referred to it as a “pick me up.”  According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), anise star can relieve cold-stagnation that leads to illnesses such as rheumatism.

Photo by Hugo Aitken on Unsplash

Like many oils, ASEO should not be taken internally or applied to the skin undiluted.  Because ASEO has been reported to inhibit blood clotting, it is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.  For the same reason, those coping with estrogen-dependent illnesses such as breast cancer, endometriosis, endometrial hyperplasia, uterine fibroids, or fibroids of the breast (among others) are advised to avoid using ASEO.

So, now that summer months are upon us, the following ASEO recipe can help with any stomach discomfort that may arise due to overdoing it with the picnic goodies:

Digestive Upset Blend

2 drops Anise Star Essential Oil

3 drops Ginger Essential Oil (Zingiber officinale)

2 drops Cardamom Essential Oil (Elettaria cardamomum)

3 drops Pink Pepper Essential Oil (Schinus molle)

Add to a carrier oil or substance like 1oz of jojoba oil or unscented lotion.  Apply to the belly when you feel bloated or are experiencing digestive discomfort. 

Remember, if you are impacted by an estrogen-dependent illness or condition, this recipe is not for you. ­ With a price point that is reasonable, whether you call it Star Anise or Anise Star, this oil may be an important addition to some medicine cabinets.

Source – Aroma Web

Source – Stillpoint Aromatics

Featured image by Robert Bottman on Unsplash

Candace Alike Smith is a Las Vegas-based content creator, womb warrior, and matcha enthusiast. Candace founded this site in 2015 to help women of color reclaim their vitality. Follow Candace’s content on holistic beauty, mental wellness, herbs and essential oils, non-toxic products, healthy libations, wellness travel, and self-reflection. Green is her happy color.

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