Star Anise comes from an evergreen tree that grows up to 12m high with a tall, slender white trunk. It bears fruit that consist of five to thirteen seed-bearing follicles attached to a central axis in the shape of a star. This tree is native to southeast China, Vietnam, India, and Japan.
About The Oil
The essential oil is produced by steam distillation from primarily fresh or partially dried seeds of the fruits and sometimes the fruit itself. Trans-anethole is the natural constituent that provides the licorice-like aroma of the oil similar to yet sweeter than that of Fennel. This Star Anise essential oil is very rich and potent in aroma and therapeutic efficacy. If you’re a fan of this oil, this is really worth trying!
Also like Fennel, Anise essential oil also has estrogen-like effects, though more pronounced, as it has a higher percentage of trans-anethole. The estrogen activity of anethole is well-documented, though the ‘trans’ form may be less potent, and perhaps safer. Due to its estrogen-like effects, we highly advise consulting your physician or certified naturopath if you have any specific needs or concerns.
Cultivated by the ancient Egyptians as a medicine and culinary spice it was thought to ‘refresh the heart’. It was well known to the Greeks and Romans as a ‘pick-me-up’. Combined with orris root it was used by Edward IV for scenting linen and clothes.