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Anise Star Essential Oil

Illicium verum

Anise star essential oil is a fabulous oil to use for many digestive issues.

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Essential Facts

Notes & Use

Traditional Use

Anise Star essential oil is typically used for its anti-spasmodic and carminative therapeutic properties to relieve dyspepsia, colic and gas and is anti-ulcerogenic.It has also been proven to be sedative and inhibits acetylcholinesterase.


Star Anise is an evergreen tree usually growing between 12-16ft, indigenous to Southeast Asia. The plant part used is the dried, ripe fruit that consists of around 8 seed bearing woody follicles attached to a central axis in the shape of a star, hence the name, Star Anise. 
Traditional Folklore
The Ancient Egyptians thought of Star Anise to "refresh the heart". The Greeks and Romans used it as a "pick me up". Ancient Chinese used Star Anise as a digestive aid and as a breath freshener. Star Anise has been used in a tea as a traditional remedy for rheumatism and in TCM today, as a warm and moving herb used to assist in relieving cold-stagnation. 

Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities

Anise Star can help move obstacles out of our way, either mentally or in a tangible form so that we can feel sure-footed as we move ahead. This essential oil also is great oil to help us when we feel either overwhelmed or tired. It can help soothe our spirit, so we can either take a rest or gain the motivation we feel is needed.

Recipes & Blends
Safety Etc.

Safety Information

According to Tisserand & Young, Anise Star essential oil can be potentially carcinogenic, based on estragole & safrole content, may inhibit blood clotting & reproductive hormone modulation. 

Anise Star essential oil is contraindicated during pregnancy, breastfeeding, for those with endometriosis, estrogen dependent cancers & children under 5 yrs old 
Indicated cautions: Diabetes & anticoagulant medication, peptic ulcer, hemophilia, major surgery & other bleeding disorders. 
(E)-Anethole inhibits platelet aggregation. Essential oils high in (E)-anethole should therefore be avoided, especially in high or oral doses, before major surgery, and in anyone taking blood-thinning medication, or with blood coagulation issues. Essential oils with a high (E)-anethole content should be avoided during pregnancy. (E)-Anethole is weakly estrogenic in yeast cells. It is not estrogenic in breast cancer cells, but a metabolite of (E)-anethole is estrogenic. Given orally to female rats at 80 mg/kg/day for three days, (E)-anethole significantly increased uterine weight, suggesting estrogenic activity. In carcinogenesis studies, (E)-anethole did not cause breast cancer in either rats or mice.
Avoid old or oxidized oils. 
Maximum daily oral dose: 53mg
Maximum dermal level per Tisserand & Young: 1.75% (based on 6.6% estragole & 0.1% safrole content) and dermal limits of 0.12% for estragole and 0.05% for safrole. 


Tisserand & Young Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. Edinburg 2014 
Mojay, Gabriel. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT 1997
Battaglia, S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition.  Queensland, Aust. 2003


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