|Latin name||Illicium verum|
|Synonyms||Chinese anise, Chinese star anise|
|Extraction||Distillation of the fruits|
|Origin||Native to south east China, Taiwan and Japan ( Egypt)|
|Plant characteristics||An evergreen tree that grows up to 12metres high with a slender white trunk. It bears fruit that consist of 5 – 13 seed-bearing follicles attached to a central axis in the shape of a star|
|Oil characteristics||pale yellow oil with an intense spicy, aniseed aroma|
|Traditional use||In chinese medicine it is use to treat dysmenorrhoea, indigestion, overweight, headaches, chills, and travel sickness. It has also been used to help protect from illness.|
|Blends well with||Coriander, Litsea, Lemon and Orange essential oils|
|Cautions and comments||Despite the anethole content, it does not appear to be an irritant. However, the oil should be used in moderation, Avoid during pregnancy.|
|Main chemical constituents||Trans-anethole (80%), terpenes.|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place