Star Anise Essential Oil
Star Anise is a medium-sized evergreen tree that produces the signature spice. It is native to parts of Vietnam and China.
- Botanical Family: Schisandraceae
- Part of Plant Used: Seeds
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Variations: Star Anise is related to Anise, and Aniseed Myrtle.
- Chemistry: Star Anise is primarily composed of phenylpropanoids ((E)-anethole, methyl chavicol) supported by monoterpenes (limonene).
- Perfumery: used in natural perfumery
- Respiratory: helps with symptoms from common respiratory ailments and inflammations
- Musculoskeletal System: soothes inflammations
- Digestive: calms abdominal cramping and discomfort
- Spiritual: Supports the Sacral Chakra associated with the emotions, sensuality, and creativity, Solar Plexus Chakra with personal will, power, and mental ability, and the Crown Chakra with the higher states of consciousness.
- Scent Profile: Mid note with a sharp sweet licorice aroma.
- Longevity: The aroma of Star Anise can last up to 68 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Gourmand, Spicy
- Blends well with: Atlas Cedarwood, Black Pepper, Caraway, Cardamom, Cinnamon Bark, Cinnamon Leaf, Clove, Coriander, Cypress, Dill Weed, Fennel, Ginger, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Pink Pepper, Rose, Scots Pine, Sweet Orange, and Vanilla.
- According to Tisserand & Young, Star Anise may inhibit blood clotting and should be avoided during pregnancy, lactation, endometriosis, and estrogen-dependent cancers. Maximum dilution of 1.75%.
- Avoid during pregnancy and breast feeding due to its estragole content as it may stimulate contractions and inhibit blood clotting.
- Avoid use on children under 5 years old due to estrogenic content.
Products Using Star Anise Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (Tgsc), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.