It is known as star anise to the fruit and seeds of the plant Illicium verum.
This plant, endemic to China, is grown in part of the Asian country and in the south of the continent.
In Southeast Asia it is also used in gastronomy. In fact, one of the main dishes of Vietnamese food is a wok of noodles with star anise.
In France it is already being used to make a liquor, a bit more sophisticated and expensive than what is normally sold in Europe based on green anise.
Although its use and use as medicinal anise and pastry has grown in recent times, it was the 17th-century European merchants who introduced this plant in the west.
Properties of star anise
In addition to its aniseed flavor, and despite not being related to the plant we know as green anise, Pimpinella anisum L., they do share some properties, in addition to their flavor.
This is primarily due to a chemical component common to both plants, the anethole. This compound present in the properties of star anise, also called parapropenilanilosa is also found in fennel.
This component makes the use of star anise very useful for combating cramps, muscle and joint pain.
At the same time, it helps improve the intestinal tract and digestion. For example for childhood colic, these cramps and gases from the digestive system of newborn babies can be alleviated with the use of star anise.
In this case, taking into account that very small babies should not consume this type of plants, nor others, the intake of star anise will make it through breast milk. It will be the mother who consumes the properties of star anise through infusion, which in turn will pass the baby with her breast milk.
It is also useful for stomach and gallbladder spasms, as long as the person is healthy and has no stomach irritation problems.
Star anise also has antibacterial and fungicidal active ingredients, which is why it is very useful for treating flu, bronchitis, cough and asthma. Another active ingredient of star anise is linalool. This is used as a natural antioxidant, in addition to eliminating toxins from the body.
How to consume star anise
Although the outstanding way to consume star anise and obtain its properties directly is through infusions, it is also present in numerous products, such as soaps, creams and as we mentioned recently in an article specially dedicated to it, in oil Star anise essential.
To consume in infusion of star anise can be mixed with chamomile. This is done in a proportion of anise (a star), a tablespoon of chamomile and 250 ml of water.
Boil the water, add the plants, cover and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
It can be accompanied with honey or agave syrup.
The properties of chamomile with star anise will enhance each other's beneficial herbs for the stomach and digestion.
Contraindications of star anise
Star anise does not have large contraindications, but it is necessary to know that anethole, its main active ingredient, is toxic in large quantities.
This component can be bad for the liver in people who have this damaged organ. Therefore, people with alcoholism, cirrhosis or hepatitis problems should avoid star anise.
The same goes for people with irritable bowel or severe intestinal problems.
By increasing the secretions in the stomach, its consumption is not recommended either for people suffering from some type of stomach problem such as stomach ulcers.
The use of anise essential oil is not recommended in pregnant women, infants or young children. It is also important, in the case of essential oil, to test the skin before using topically.