Illicium verum - China
This powerfully scented essential oil is steam distilled from the seeds. The seeds are collected as fruits from the small evergreen tree before they are ripe and are allowed to dry. The oil is clear or slightly yellow in colour and its licorice-like scent blends well with Lavender, Pine, Clove leaf, Cinnamon Leaf and other spices. Anise Star from China is generally considered to be non-toxic and non-irritating, unlike Illicium anisatum from Japan. Anise Star essential oil has carminative, stimulant and diuretic qualities, and has been used to combat rheumatism. Anise Star is used to flavor teas, cough remedies and candies.
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