Latin name: Pimpinella Anisium
Family name: Umbelliferae; Other members include carrot, parsley; Star anise: Magnoliaceae; Other members incliude magnolia
Country or Region: Hungary.
Growing Practice: Ecologically Sensible.
The oil is extracted by steam distillation from the seeds. It is an annual herb, about 80 cm (2 feet) high with delicate feathery leaves and tiny white flowers. The essential oil includes the following chemical compounds: Anisic, Anethole, Methylchavicol and Limonene. It has a slightly licorice aroma. It should be a pale yellow in color with a watery viscosity.
Some traditional uses: muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, bronchitis, whooping cough, colic, cramp, flatulence, indigestion, catarrh and hangovers. it can also benefit migraine and vertigo sufferers.
Blends well with: cedarwood, mandarine, petit grain, rosewood.
Warnings: It must be avoided during pregnancy.