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Star Anise essential oil - Illicium verum - Vietnam

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Star Anise  has got his named because of the star shaped fruit of Star Anise tree. This fruit is reddish brown in colour and has 6-8 unevenly sized boat shaped carpel,  which combined together gives it a star like shape. The oil from this fruit is  most often confused with Aniseed, though both these species posses very similar  aroma but have distinct properties and chemical constituents. Aroma of Star Anise essential oil is very similar to that of black licorice.

The origin of Star Anise can be traced to Vietnam and  countries in South East Asia. Even today this region remains the major  cultivator of Star Anise. The countries which are major suppliers of Star Anise  include: China, Vietnam, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia and Jamaica. According to the ancient history, Star Anise was mainly used by Chinese as a mouth freshener  to get rid of foul smells. Soon they also realized its medical properties and  started using it for treatment of colic and nausea. First commercial use of Star Anise was in Europe around 17th century when this  product began to be widely used in baking. Major products in Europe which  contained Star Anise were Jams, puddings and syrups.
 
Star Anise Oil properties:
Appearance: Clear, Mobile Liquid
Colour: Pale yellow
Specific gravity (20ºC): 0.960 to 0.991
Optical rotation (20ºC): -2° to +2º
Refractive index (20ºC): 1.546 to 1.564
The major  chemical constituents of Star Anise is Trans-anethol: 80% min
 
Health Benefits and Applications Star Anise Oil:
 
Culinary Uses: Its strong liquorice aroma makes it ideal for many different  cooking preparations. When it comes to cooking in its native land of China and  Vietnam it is part of five important spices which are widely used for cooking  traditional Chinese food especially meat. While in the west Star Anise is used in food products such as fruit compotes, jams and other baking products.
 
Digestive System: The traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda has recognized  benefits of Star Anise in improving our digestive system and getting relief from  stomach disorders. Even today star anise remains important part of various  traditional home remedies related to digestion and stomach problems.
 
Treatment of Bronchitis: Star Anise has also been known to be very effective in  treating bronchitis, coughs and other respiratory alignments.
 
Fragrance: Its distinct aroma and ability to relax our nervous system makes  Star Anise Oil one of the key ingredients in many different popular fragrances.
 
Other Medical properties: Apart from the above mentioned Star Anise oil is also  known to cure following medicinal conditions: Asthma, flatulence, spasmodic,  colonalgia, dysentery, facial paralysis, etc. 

Precautions
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas..
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