Latin Name: Illicium verum
Plant Family: Illiciaceae
Extraction: Distillation of the tree & fruit
A pale yellow liquid with a warm, spicy, extremely sweet, licorice-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!
Anise star is a well-known spice all around the world with a distinct shape. It has been used in Chinese medicine for over 1300 years for respiratory disorders and its stimulating effects on the digestive system. In the East, it is often used as a remedy for rheumatism. It is commonly used as a masking agent.
Anise star is a middle note and blends well with lavender, orange rose, pine and other spice oils.