Star anise or Chakraphool is a spice that finds its application in various cuisines. It has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
Star Anise – Names in other languages
- Scientific name – Illicium verum
- English – Star anise
- Hindi – Anasphal
- Sanskrit – Thakkolam
- Malayalam – Takkolam
- Bengali – Chakro Phool
- Tamil – Annasi poo
- Kannada – Kadamba
- Telugu – Anaspuvu
The oil of star anise has the below benefits:
It has a mild fragrance that is used in aromatherapy.
It can relieve stress and can help to reduce depression and anxiety.
The aroma of star anise can be useful for those suffering from insomnia. It has mild sedative properties and can be useful for adults with sleep disorders. A gentle massage with the oil or using a diffuser in your living room to bring out the fragrance of the oil can all help to get good sleep.
You can massage the oil of star anise on your joints for relief from joint pain, arthritis and rheumatism.
This oil can work as a decongestant and can be used in case of common cold, cough and chest congestion.
You can make star anise oil in 3 ways –
- An essential oil made using steam distillation that can be procured from authentic stores.
- Through hot infusion – This essentially means that, Star anise spice is ground and added to boiling oil. This oil has to be the non-fragrant kind. Allow the spice to boil along with the oil and after a few minutes, switch off, allow it to cool down and then strain to get the clear oil.
- Through cold infusion – This is the last method and is simpler as well. You grind star anise, add it to an oil of your choice and allow it to soak in the oil for a few days. After a week or so, the oil is fragrant with the scent of star anise and is good to use.
The last method is what we’ve focused on in this particular DIY.
Read the recipe below to make star anise infused oil at home!