Anise Star Essential Oil

£6.00 £9.29

Anise star is extracted by steam distillation from the fruit and has a warm, spicy and very sweet scent. Anise star can help everyday aches and pains.



Anise Star | Latin Name:  Illicium Verum | Family: Illiciaceae | Extraction: Distillation | Plant Part: Tree, Fruit

A pale yellow liquid with a warm, spicy, extremely sweet, liquorice like aroma. Turns Yellow Brown with age, has a rich herbaceous earthy body note.

This exotic evergreen tree comes from East Asia and grows up to about thirty feet high. Yellow flowers and star-shaped fruits adorn a white bark. the fruit is distilled in their fresh green state, the oil having a similar though stronger aroma to Aniseed. Anise-Star is derived from Chinese Anise and sometimes referred to as Anise Vert due to its green colouring. There is a Japanese variety called Illicium religiosum which is highly poisonous!


Blends well with Caraway, Cardamom, Coriander, Cypress, Dill, Fennel, Ginger, Mandarin, Petitgrain, Rosewood, Rose, Lavender, Pine, Orange and other spice oils. Anise-star has excellent masking properties.

Anise star is a MIDDLE note – Essential Oil Notes & Odours

Properties & Uses

Anise Star is antiseptic, carminative, expectorant and stimulant (particularly to the reproductive and digestive systems).  Used for aches and pains, all digestive problems, bronchitis, coughs and colds. Anise star is becoming popular nowadays because extracts of the plant are used to make the anti-flu drugs battling against avian flu. Some of the extracts are present in the essential oil and it can be used on a tissue to protect from airborne disease.  Because of the anethole, the oil is oestrogen-like and prolonged careful use will help with infertility, irregular periods and the menopause (particularly stress and ageing.)

Essential Oil Properties & Meanings

Herbal & Folk tradition

Used in Chinese medicine for over 1300 years for its stimulating effect on the digestive system and for respiratory disorders. It is generally used as a remedy for colic and rheumatism. It was also a popular aperitif and was sometimes ground into tea or coffee t0o sweeten the breath. Meat dishes such as pork and duck were flavoured with Anise-Star. English navigator brought it to Europe in the 16th century and was then much in demand for flavouring liquors in France, Germany and Italy.

Safety Data and MSDS

A potent oil and may over stimulate the nervous system, best avoided by people with allergies. Use in moderation.

Trans-anethole (80-90%), terpenes.

Anise Star MSDS
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