Highly prized in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years, star anise was also a staple for the ancient Greeks and Romans. In modern multicultural cuisine, the seeds are used to enhance the flavour of many foods and are the main ingredient in garam masala and Chinese five spice powder. The essential oil has many uses in aromatherapy.
Its powerful liquorice-like aroma tends to dominate and a little goes a long way. Blending perfectly with many essential oils, such as black pepper, cardamom and sweet orange, this oil gives an aniseed twist to any combination.
|Botanical name||Illicium verum|
|Plant part||Seeds and flowering tops|
|Extraction method||Steam Distilled|
|Strength of aroma||Medium|
|Aromatic scent||Sweet, spicy scent similar to licorice|
|Blends well with||Cardamom, Fennel, Orange, Clove, Mandarin, Bergamot and Rose|
|Cautions||Avoid use during pregnancy and on sensitive skin. Use moderately.|