Benefits of Star anise

February 12th, 2011  |  Published in Health

The star anise is botanically known as Illicium Verum. It is dark-brown in color with eigth petal-like segments. It has a sweetish licorice taste. Besides, its culinary uses, star anise also have health benefits. Here are some of them:

  • In traditional Chinese medicine, star anise is prescribed as a digestive aid, promoting reproductive health in women and for lactating mothers to increase breast-milk secretion.
  • The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of star anise are useful in the treatment of asthma, bronchitis and dry cough. For this reason, some cough mixtures contain star anise extracts.
  • Star anise can also be used for its sedating properties to ensure a good sleep.
  • The oil of star anise is useful in providing relief from rheumatic pain and lower back pain.
  • Star anise can also be used as a natural breath freshener.
  • Shikimic acid, a compound present in star anise is used for preparing drugs for curing influenza or the flu virus.
  • Linalool, a compound present in star anise contains antioxidant properties that are very good for one’s overall health.


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