The aroma is intensely sweet and is erroneously described as licorice-like. Though Anise oils are used to flavor licorice products they have nothing in common with pure licorice root or extract. Experts describe the flavors of the two materials as "widely different."
Star Anise comes from the fruit of a native Southeastern Asian tree, Illicum Verum. Both wild and cultivated trees are used. It is commonly distilled in Vietnam.
Possible Uses: Anise is said to promote digestion, improves appetite, alleviates cramps and nausea, cough, colds, and relieves flatulence, and bad breath. It is said to be useful as an expectorant for coughs. Said to promote the onset of menstruation when taken as an infusion. It has also been used to help relieve cramping, and spasms and is good as a stomatic. For help in cases of insomnia, a few seeds in a glass of hot milk before bedtime. Can be made into a salve to use for relief of scabies or lice. A tea made from equal parts of anise, caraway, and fennel makes an excellent intestinal purifier. Because of its sweetness, it is a good additive to help to improve the flavor of other medicinal compounds. Keep away from children. Do not use during pregnancy. Star Anise Oil is narcotic and slows circulation when used in large doses. Avoid Star Anise Oil in cases of alcoholism, liver disease, paracetamol use, breast-feeding, pregnancy, endometriosis, certain cancers, hyperplasia, damaged skin and with young children.
Anise, Star, Essential Oil 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade
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