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Essential Oil ~ Star Anise

Essential Oil ~ Star Anise

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Aniseed has a pungent licorice-like smell and is also known as anise and sweet cumin. It should not be confused with Illicium verum, which is star anise and belongs to the Illiciaceae family.

This warm, spicy essential oil is often used in aromatherapy to ease the discomfort of introverted and fearful people while aiding the digestion, boosting the lungs and easing migraines and headaches.

Aniseed oil can be useful in the treatment of muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, bronchitis, whooping cough, colic, cramp, flatulence, indigestion, catarrh, and hangovers.


Aniseed oil is not only helpful for its effect on the digestive system, it is also a general tonic to the circulatory system and the respiratory tract. It helps to calm the nerves of tense and anxiety-ridden people. It also calms menstrual pains and eases nausea migraines, while stimulating the lungs to expel phlegm.

Burners and vaporizers

In vapor therapy, aniseed oil is useful for asthma, colds and all breathing problems, as well as quelling nausea and vomiting.

Drops of oil on a handkerchief

When used on a handkerchief to smell it, it is useful for settling digestive problems and can also benefit a migraine and vertigo sufferers.


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