Star aniseis a medium-sized evergreen tree native to northeast Vietnam and Southwest China. A spice commonly called star anise, staranise, star anise seed, star aniseed, Chinese star anise, or badian that closely resembles anise in flavor is obtained from the star-shaped pericarps of the fruit.
Star anise (or sometimes called star aniseed) is popular in all over the world because of its odor and useful medical properties. Star anise (Illicium verum Hook) is a species of magnolia family, prefers woodlands, sunny edges, and dappled shade. It grows well in humus rich, mildly acidic to neutral soils, which are light to medium and having good drainage.
Star Anise is an annual herb that grows 0.3 to 0.6 m and is cultivated widely throughout the world. The flowers are yellow, compound umbels and its leaves are feather shaped. The greenish-brown, ridged seeds are used for food or the drug. They are harvested when ripe in autumn. Aniseed has an anethole-like odor and a sweet “licorice-like” aromatic taste, which has led to the traditional use of anise oils in licorice candy.
Improves Digestive System -Consuming Star anise tea is a healthy choice. For indigestion, constipation, and other digestion related problems, star anise is a remedial cure. It stimulates the metabolic enzymes which in turn improves the digestion functions.
Helps cure Influenza -Shikimic acid, a compound present in star anise is used for preparing drug for curing influenza or the flu virus.
Fights Fungal Infections -Star anise combats a common skin problem called candidiasis, caused by a fungus, Candida albicans which affects mouth, throat and genital areas due to its anti-fungal properties.
Antioxidant -Star Anise contains good amounts of antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin-C and vitamin-A. Anise preparations are an excellent remedy for asthma, bronchitis cough.