Anise star essential oil is a fabulous oil to use for many digestive issues.
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Anise Star, Anise Seed and Aniseed Myrtle essential oils are very similar in chemistry and their applications. They are typically used for her 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. Because of the fantastic anti spasmodic properties, we find her to be awesome when dealing with deep respiratory issues. She can relieve the spastic coughs of bronchitis and chest colds. A good friend of ours uses this in her anti asthma blend.
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.
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Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities of Anise Star
- Anise Seed comes from a small plant with white flowers. You would use her when you wanted to add the essence of softness and a bit of protection. She prefers full sun but likes to be sheltered from the wind, hence the protective aspect. When looking at the plant the feeling of lightness and joy. The white flowers are reminiscent of summer and easy going.
- Star Anise comes from an evergreen tree and the seeds come from a star shaped pod. You would use her when you wanted the essence of congruence and stability added to your blend. Also when you needed the energetics of everlasting and standing firm.
- Aniseed myrtle comes from an Australian Rainforest Tree, You would use her in a blend when you wanted to bring in a feeling of strength, energy and coolness. Also, when you are trying to help someone begin something foreign and new. (as long as they are not from Australia)
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.
Therapeutic Benefits of Anise StarAnalgesic, Anti-anxiety, Anti-spasmodic, Calming, Carminative, Digestive tonic, Emmenagogic, Estrogenic, Expectorant
Aroma-Chemistry of Anise Star
The chemistry of Anise Seed, Star Anise EO, Star Anise CO2 and Aniseed Myrtle is similar. These abstracts are high In trans anethole which is a component of the Ether chemical family. While these oils have a pleasant, soft aroma, do not be fooled they are “Terminator” extracts and you must know when and how to use them. The ether family has quite a few safety issues, so please read them.
Aroma of Anise StarCool, Exotic, Herbaceous, Sensual, Sweet, Warm
Recipes and Blends
Digestive Upset Blend
Blends Well With...Orange, Sweet Essential Oil, Black Pepper Essential Oil, Cardamom Essential Oil, Clove Bud Essential Oil, Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil, Fennel, Sweet Essential Oil, Ginger Essential Oil, Fresh Root, Mandarin, Red Essential Oil, Nutmeg Essential Oil, Coriander Essential Oil, Caraway Seed Essential Oil, Pink Pepper Essential Oil
Safety Information for Anise Star
According to Tisserand & Young, Anise Star essential oil can be potentially carcinogenic, based on estragole & safrole content, may inhibit blood clotting & reproductive hormone modulation.
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