Botanical Name: Illicium verum
Plant Part: Seeds
Extraction Method: Steam distilled seeds
Plant Description: An evergreen tree of the magnolia family that ranges from small to medium, growing up to 8m (26ft) in height. The axillary flowers are yellow and the leaves are lanceolate. The fruits of this tree are harvested before they are ripe and are then sun dried. The fruit is star shaped and radiates between five and ten pointed boat shaped sections. There are an average of eight sections. Each section is hard, with tough skin and a rusty color, and is also a seedpod. Each section measures up to 3 cm (1-1/4") long.
Color: It ranges from clear to pale yellow
Consistency: Light in texture
Aromatic Fragrance: powerful and licorice-like scent.
Aromatic Strength: Strong
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Storage Directions: Essential Oils should be stored in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight. Essential Oils should be stored in colored glass, the most common storage method being used today are Boston Round Bottles in the amber tint.
Blends Well With: : Pine, orange, clove, rosewood, cinnamon and lavender.
Cautions: nise Star from China is generally considered non-toxic and non-irritating. This is unlike Illicium anisatum which is the Japanese variety that is long considered to be toxic. For external use only.