Plant originally from China, this tree is large (up to 18 meters tall) and bears this name due to the fruit it generates, having the shape of a star. While in the East it is used as a seasoning for seafood and meat due to its pleasant and peculiar aroma or even through its essential oil, in Brazil its main use is in natural medicine, which guides star anise to be used in infusions and teas.
Unlike other “anises”, starfish has a higher concentration of anethole in its chemical composition, thus being more effective for effects on various digestive problems, being, in fact, linked to the cure for flu, one of the specialties of this medicinal herb. The parts of the plant that are used are the fruits and seeds, and its leaves are also rich in essential oils as a property.
Nowadays, this plant has been the target of economic and scientific interest, due to its use as a raw material in the manufacture of the antiviral drug, Tamiflu, used in the treatment of Avian and New Influenza (H1N1).
Benefits of its use
Consumption of this spice helps in cases of…
Flu, colic, gastritis, enteritis, gas, gastrointestinal spasms, coughs, bronchitis, as a calming and expectorant effect.
star anise tea
Infuse one teaspoon of star anise added to one liter of water. Wait for it to come to a boil and turn off the heat soon after. Smother the mixture for ten minutes and drink. Remember that for best effect it is good to drink two to three cups a day.
In cases of bad breath, it is also effective to suck the star anise. In addition to improving the health of the digestive system, it helps to combat this unpleasant affliction.
Excessive intake of this plant is capable of causing some inconvenience, especially when consumed by young children. Symptoms such as nausea, nausea and neurological complications have been reported in these cases.