Star Anise Essential Oil

Admit it. You bought the star anise essential oil for its delicious warming fragrance. You diffused it, got bored, and don't know what to do with it now! We know. We've been there. Hence this article.

If you want to read the science and research into the oil, look at our post on star anise essential oil. It's a busy oil with lots of news around it. Star anise is a relatively stable essential oil that should last about four years if you take care of the bottle and store it somewhere cool and dark.

So there is no rush to use it too fast, but let's see if we can get creative here. Apart from making the best-mulled wine..what is star anise essential oil good for?

What Does Star Anise Blend Well With

Think woods like cedarwood, sandalwood, or cypress. Naturally, it goes well with other spices like ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Rich balsamic resins like myrrh and galbanum. It is lovely with sweet, rich, scented flowers like rose, geranium, jasmine, ylang-ylang, and neroli. Herbs are more challenging to blend with them. You might want to look for citruses like a lemon that can sit between the fragrances. Then things like eucalyptus and peppermint work together a bit more easily.

1. Breath Freshening Mouthwash

Ordinarily, you would have to use alcohol to disperse your essential oils. However, there are lots of people who should not be around alcohol for a variety of reasons. Since milk is a fat-based substance, this works well because now the oils will be absorbed…a bit. Don't get carried away! The honey helps too. This recipe is delicious and designed to be swooshed around the mouth and spat out. Do not ingest it. It makes sense to re-rinse with water afterward to check that your teeth are lovely and clean before bed.

Method of use: Swoosh around your mouth for thirty seconds, then spit. Rinse with water 

Safety: Not ideal for use for children under the age of two.

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2. Indigestion 

Method of use: Rub over chest and abdomen during painful moments. 

Safety: Not suitable for use during pregnancy.

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3. Head Lice 

Method of use:

    1. Leave it on for thirty minutes.
    2. Use a lice comb to comb through the hair well, rinsing the comb out in boiling water (which kills any surviving lice).
    3. Rinse the hair in vinegar, which loosens the glue that attaches the eggs, then with warm water.
    4. Wash all bedding, hats, and hair brushes to get rid of eggs.
    5. Repeat three days later.

Safety: The star anise makes this not suitable for use during pregnancy.

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4. Hair Growth Conditioner 

Method of use: Leave for ten minutes, then rinse with warm water. 

Safety: not suitable for use during pregnancy. Not suitable for people living with epilepsy or any delusory disorder (Rosemary).

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5. Erotic Diffuser 

Safety: Not designed for topical use.

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6. Winter Warmer Candles

Take a tray of tea lights and put them into the oven to melt on low heat. 

Drop your essential oils in, being careful to keep the oil away from the wick. (The smell when oils burn is not great!) 

Then, pop your oils into each candle.

Safety: Not designed for topical use.

Also Read: How to Use Eucalyptus Oil for Cough?

7. Hormonal Balance Rollerball

For days when you feel a little controlled by your body, whether during your menstrual cycle or perimenopause symptoms. Just to feel a little more level.

Method of Use: Rub onto pulse points on your wrists and the back of your neck when things feel overwhelming. It's nice to put a little in the palms of your hands and inhale them for a few moments too. Then, forget about what's going on around you and sink into the world of flowers. 

Safety: Not suitable for use during pregnancy.

Also Read: How To Use Lavender Oil For Sleep?

8. Coughs And Colds

Method of Use: Rub over the cheekbones and forehead to relieve congestion. Rub into the pulse points of your wrists to allow the oils to circulate your bloodstream quickly.

Safety: Not suitable for use during pregnancy.

Also Read: How To Use Lavender Oil For Anxiety?

9. Cold Sores Lip Balm

This makes a large quantity, about 20oz, but it is easy to adapt to drive less. The magic formula is 2 parts oil, 1 part wax, and 1 part butter. Strictly speaking, you don't need a preservative because there is no water in the mix, but if you feel more comfortable adding it, use it at 1% of your mix. You can buy the tubes for lip balms, but it's just as easy to put this into small pots. 

Method of preparation:

    1. Melt your wax in a double boiler.
    2. Put water on the bottom and the wax on the top.
    3. When it is all melted, remove the heat, and add almond oil.
    4. Stir well to combine.
    5. Add your essential oils and preservative.
    6. Pour into containers and leave to cool.
    7. Do not cap them until they are cooled so you do not trap any moisture that could cause mold.

Also Read: How to Use Essential Oils In a Diffuser

10. Pampering Your Plants 

If you have indoor plants, you'll undoubtedly notice how dusty they get. I like to use rosewater to polish mine off. It scents the room, and the plants seem happier in the glow. That's my opinion, and I'm sticking to it!

So to adapt that for my rose garden, I'm using rose water, but feel free to omit it and take the regular water content up to 24 oz instead. Plant leaves like alcohol, but it is harmful if it gets down into the roots, so be mindful as you spritz, please.

Antifungal spray 

Method of use: Spray under the leaves, away from the roots, in the evening. 

Safety: Wash hands thoroughly after use.

Also Read: How To Use Frankincense Essential Oil for Skin Care

Final thoughts

Of course, star anise essential oil is the fragrance of mulled wine, but it's so much more. Get experimental this year and see how many ways you can use your bottle.

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