Star Anise Essential Oil

Star Anise Essential Oil


Star Anise is sometimes confused with Anise (Pimpinella anisum), but it actually comes from a seedpod native to China and Vietnam. Traditionally, star anise has been used in aromatherapy to ease the symptoms of respiratory infections, and in massages to treat indigestion, abdominal cramps, and muscle or joint aches.

In China and Japan, star anise seeds were chewed after meals to aid digestion and sweeten the breath. The Japanese also planted the related Illicium anisatum tree around Buddhist temples and pounded the bark into incense.

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Star Anise Essential Oil Profile

Botanical: Illicium verum | Origin: China | Method: Steam Distilled


Star anise oil is a pale yellow mobile liquid with a sharp, licorice-like aroma. It blends well with chamomile, cinnamon, clove, cypress, fennel, geranium, lavender, neroli, nutmeg, orange, peppermint, petitgrain, pine, rose, rosewood, and tea tree oils.

Principal Constituents:

These are naturally occurring in the essential oil.

  • anethole

  • foeniculin

  • methyl chavicol

  • limonene

  • linalool

  • nerolidol

  • cinnamyl acetate


Star anise oil should only be used externally, and may cause dermatitis in sensitive individuals. High doses of star anise oil can be narcotic and slow circulation. Star anise oil should not be used on damaged skin, in cases of liver disease, alcoholism, paracetamol use, or hyperplasia, or by those who have estrogen-dependent conditions including endometrial cancer. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use star anise oil. 

Important Note: The information on is only provided for educational purposes, and further research should be done on each essential oil to be assured of its proper usage for each individual. Aromatherapy is not meant to be a replacement for care under a qualified health professional, but should be considered a complimentary modality.

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