Botanical Name: Illicium verum
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Fruit
Note: Top - Middle
Blends Well With: Allspice, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Black Pepper, Pink Pepper and Fennel
Aroma: Warm, spicy, exotic, licorice-like and true to Star Anise
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
Avoid use if you have endometriosis or estrogen-dependent cancers.
Shelf Life: 4 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Star Anise essential oil is made via steam distillation. In steam distillation, plant material is placed in a still, water is added, then heat is applied to the unit. As water heats, plants release their essential oil, the oil rises with steam droplets that are sucked into a pipe and the oil and water are then separated. While it may not be possible to make Star Anise essential oil at home, you can make aromatic hydrosol water that contains many of the same therapeutic benefits as essential oil. Click here for instructions on how to make your own hydrosol.
- There are several ways to effectively use Star Anise essential oil and obtain its benefits, including 1.) Add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water. 2.) Add 10 drops to an Essential Oil Inhaler and take it with you for on-the-go therapeutic use. 3.) Create a spray by combining 20 drops Star Anise and 1 tablespoon 190-proof grain alcohol in a glass spray bottle. After a few hours, add 3 tablespoons of distilled water. Spray onto surfaces and in the air to refresh your space.
- Essential oils are powerful, concentrated substances so a little goes a long way. Two of the most effective ways to use them are by way of inhalation and topical use. Ingesting Star Anise essential oil is not the optimal way to achieve its benefits as it lacks nutrients found in the whole pods. What’s more, the essential oil is often far more expensive than the plant that produces it. Therefore, we recommend using star anise pods in cooking rather than essential oil.
- Star Anise’s aroma of spice and licorice can keep you level-headed as you deal with life’s transitions. Perfumer’s describe the essential oil’s aroma as warm, spicy, exotic, licorice-like and true to Star Anise. When working with Star Anise, most people opt to blend it with spices like Allspice, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Black Pepper, Pink Pepper and Fennel. Star Anise is highlighted beautifully in our Bliss essential oil blend which combines various spices.
- Star Anise essential oil is safe when used as advised. Oils high in trans-anethole, such as Star Anise, are contraindicated for people with estrogen-dependent cancers and should be avoided. Due to its heightened precautions, it is also not recommended to be used by young kids and pregnant or nursing women. While we do not recommend casual ingestion of essential oils, Star Anise is said to increase bleeding when taken orally and should not be taken if you are about to or have recently had surgery. As always, essential oils should always be diluted prior to topical use.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.