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Latin name: Illicium verum
Distilled part: fruit
Properties: antipruritic, antispasmodic, bronchodilator, digestive, lactogenic, estrogen-like
Indications: breastfeeding, amenorrhea, asthma, colic, inflammatory colitis, poor digestion, menopause, premenstrual syndrome, bronchiolitis, cough, Crohn’s disease, hot flashes
Contraindications: None at physiological doses.
For more information: See the newsletter below, written by Maurice Nicole.
Star anise (also called madiane) has been cultivated for a very long time. Its sweet leaves were already known in China, 4000 years BC, as masticatory and religious fragrance. Today, it is the fruit called “star anise” that is valued.
It appears in Europe only in the sixteenth century where it will become a rare, very expensive condiment, imported by Russia under these names: cardamom of China, anise of Siberia, fennel of China. The word “Madiane” comes from the Persian Bâdyân which means “anise” because of the smell of the fruit that reminds this plant.
As for the Latin name, it derives from Illicere which means “to seduce”, probably because of the attractive smell that exhales from this tree.
The Essential oil D’star anise is obtained by distilling fruit with an average yield of 2.5%. Its composition is dominated by the presence of trans-anethole (90%), conferring its aroma and distinctive properties. Like that of green anise (Pimpinella Anisum), it exhibits a certain oestrogen-like activity (1) but does not induce proliferative activity and does not increase the risk of breast cancer (2, 3, 4). His action is approaching the protective action of estriol.
The anethole is analgesic and sedative (5, 6). Studies have also shown that it is anti-inflammatory (7), anticoagulant (8, 9) and anti-ulcerative (10). Its inhibitory action of acetylcholinesterase (11) has also been demonstrated, making it an excellent candidate for preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease. Finally, anethole and the essential oil of star anise have proved to be good antiviral drugs, among others against the herpes virus (12, 13). Their action is exerted by neutralising the viruses outside the cells, preventing them from entering the cells.
Examples of applications
dosage: 5 drops 8 times daily in ½ teaspoon olive oil
dosage, rectal pathway : 250 mg/suppository. A suppository at bedtime. In case of crisis, 1 suppository in 20 minutes.
Oral dosage : 5 drops 5 times a day in ½ c. Coffee of olive oil
dermal dosage : 5 drops at forearm level 5 times per day
contraindications: none known.
Constitutes only a part of the information to be considered in a therapeutic situation and must not be substituted for an informed therapeutic opinion in any case. Hunzaroma INC. is not liable to the user for any decision, action or omission that it makes in connection with the information contained in this bulletin.
This Hunzaroma newsletter was written by Maurice Nicole, ND. A, Institute of Scientific Aromatherapy, inaroma.ca