Star Anise Essential Oil has a warm, sweet aroma that is similar to black licorice. Learn more about this spice oil. Find out how to use and benefit from this wonderful oil plus get Star Anise Essential Oil Recipes you can make to help spice up your life.
This warm and energetic oil can be used to lift stagnation. Star anise essential oil blends well with Lavender, Cypress, Orange, Rose, Pine, Clove, Peppermint, and Cinnamon.
Star anise is a popular spice essential oils, in a class with oils like cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. These spices are commonly used to flavor food and baked goodies. The spice essential oils offer a wide variety of health benefits, including improve digestion, relieve pain, and boost immunity. They can also be used to treat respiratory problems, skin conditions, and headaches. Read more about spice essential oils.
What is Star Anise is Good For?
Star Anise is a common spice used in cooking and for its therapeutic benefits. Star Anise (Illicium verum) is an evergreen tree, the essential oil is steam distilled from the star-shaped fruits it produces or the leaves. It has antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
|Botanical Name||Illicium verum|
|Aroma||Warm, spicy, licorice-like|
|Note||Top to Middle|
|Extraction Method||Steam distilled|
|Plant Part Used||Seeds|
|Shelf Life||3-4 years|
|Adult Max Dilution||1.75%|
|Safety Concerns||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.|
DIY Star Anise Essential Oil Recipe Guide
Star Anise Essential Oils Guide with 10 DIY Recipe Blends by Jennifer Lane, Loving Essential Oils Owner & Certified Aromatherapist:
7 Benefits of Star Anise Essential Oil
This essential oil is a fabulous oil to help when feeling fatigued or overwhelmed. Here are more benefits of Star Anise Oil:
- Helping digestive discomfort
- Easing menstrual cramps
- Soothing coughs and colds
- Relieving pain and stiffness
- Restoring physical and emotional energy
- Helping anxiety-related sleep problems
- Combating body odor
Star Anise Essential Oil Safety Precautions
- Possible skin sensitivity, maximum dermal use 1.75%
- Estrogenic, should not be used in endometriosis, estrogen-sensitive cancers
- Don't use if pregnant or breastfeeding
- Not suitable for young children
- Don't use if old or oxidized
- Best if used in moderation
The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend oral ingestion of essential oils unless under the supervision of an appropriately qualified medical practitioner. Listed precautions do not include ingestion precautions.
5 Star Anise Essential Oil Recipes
Here are 5 simple blends to add the amazing benefits of Star Anise into your aromatherapy routine.
1. Fall Dreams Roller Blend
|The sweet aroma of this blend is just a dream, make this roller recipe today.
Directions: Add essential oils to the bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with jojoba oil. Place roller top on and roll back and forth between your palms to mix oils together. Be sure to label the bottle. 4% dilution, good for occasional use.
2. Move Easy Massage Oil
Use this blend of pain relieving essential oils to ease discomforts.
Directions: Add all ingredients into the glass essential oil bottle. Use trauma oil if you have it, jojoba oil will work well too. Place pump top on and roll bottle between palms of hands to mix well. 12 drops in 1 oz of carrier oil is 2% dilution.
3. Winter Warmth Diffuser Blend
We all know that feeling when we wake up in the morning and can't get out of bed. We're just not ready to face the day yet, but we have to go anyway. Try waking up to this winter warming star anise diffuser blend. Star anise creates a warming atmosphere, you can try this recipe even if it isn't winter too.
Directions: Add essential oils to a diffuser with the recommended water amount.
4. Rebalanced Energy Body Oil
Here is a lovely body oil blend, try applying after your shower for uplifting.
Directions: Add ingredients to the glass essential oil bottle. Place pump top on and shake the bottle to blend oils together. 24 drops in 2 oz of carrier oil is 2% dilution.
5. Cough Soothing Steam
Inhale the star anise steam to help a cough.
Directions: Add essential oil drops to a steaming bowl of water and inhale the steam. Keep face at a comfortable distance back to avoid burning from steam.
Where to Buy Star Anise Essential Oil?
Star Anise essential oil can offer many health and wellness benefits. To obtain these benefits ensure your oil is pure and high quality without fillers or toxins added. Never mistake perfume oils or fragrance oils as essential oils.
Know the company you are purchasing from, ask questions, and ensure they are 100% pure essential oils. You will be inhaling and applying to your body, you need to be sure. Here are three brands I like:
General Essential Oil Precautions
Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.
Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10).
If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), you may perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil, read more here.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues here.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Star Anise Essential Oil
Here are a few FAQs about star anise oil:
How to Make Star Anise Essential Oil?
It's made through steam distillation, where plant material is heated with water, and the oil rises with steam droplets that are then separated. While making it at home might not be possible, you can create a fragrant hydrosol water that offers many of the same therapeutic benefits.
Can I use Star Anise essential oil in cooking?
It's not the best idea as essential oils are highly concentrated, and the whole pods offer more nutrients. Plus, the oil can be more expensive than the plant itself. Stick to using star anise pods in your cooking instead.
What does Star Anise essential oil smell like?
Its warm, spicy, and exotic aroma of licorice and spice can keep you calm and level-headed in the face of life's challenges. Perfumers describe it as true to Star Anise and often blend it with spices like Allspice, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Black Pepper, Pink Pepper, and Fennel.
Is Star Anise essential oil safe to use?
When used as directed, it can be safe to use. However, it's contraindicated for people with estrogen-dependent cancers due to its high trans-anethole content. Pregnant or nursing women and young children should also avoid it.
Do not ingest star anise oil. Additionally, it can increase bleeding when taken internally and should not be consumed before or after surgery.
Always dilute essential oils before use on the skin and use in low doses.