Reaching For An Anise Star

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.  

You need not wait until the winter months to purchase this essential oil. 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 called it a “pick me up.”  According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), anise star can relieve cold stagnation that leads to illnesses such as rheumatism.

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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 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 essential addition to some medicine cabinets.

Until soon. 

CandaceAliké is a wellness and wanderlust journal penned by writer Candace Smith. Read her diary entries, and follow her content on essential oilsproduct reviewslocal libations, and wellness travel. Read her mom’s mental health contributions and get your mind right.

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