SCENT: sweet smelling essential oil that smells just like black licorice! PROPERTIES: Star anise can be used in chest rubs to help alleviate bronchitis, coughing, cold and other respiratory congestions as well as rheumatism. It can be used in massage oils to help relieve sore muscles, and works well in bug repellent sprays. It is also a relaxing oil, and helps relieve stress and insomnia. BLENDS WELL WITH: Rose, lavender and orange, Spearmint, Chocolate Fragrance, and Patchouli. COMMON NAME: Star Anise Essential Oil BOTANICAL NAME: Illicium Verum EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled from the star-shaped seeds.