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Chinese anise, Chinese star anise
Distillation of the fruits
Native to south east China, Taiwan and Japan ( Egypt)
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
pale yellow oil with an intense spicy, aniseed aroma
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
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.
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