Star anise: plant, properties, uses and recipes.

Star anise (Illicium verum) is the fruit of a tropical Asian tree, the shape of a star from the reddish-brown color; is a woody follicle size from 8-12 lobes arranged in a star, each lobe carries a polished seed. From the follicle yields an essential oil which is an active ingredient: anethole.

To be used as a spice is harvested before its maturation and is then dried.

It is never used pure or freshly harvested, but only after being treated with the drying process.

Its taste is reminiscent of licorice, just a small amount for the preparation of dishes in the kitchen.


It contains 337 kcl / 100 g and 16 g of fat, 16 mg of sodium, 50 grams of carbohydrate, 15 grams of fiber, 18 grams of protein.

It is a source of Vitamin C, iron and calcium.

From this result we obtain the shikimic acid used as the basis for drugs against viral infections.

The essential oil obtained by distillation of star anise has a good flavor of licorice and its characteristic is the presence of Anethole useful for gastrointestinal disorders, such as vomiting and diarrhea, and inflammation caused by alterations of bacterial flora from Escherichia Coli and Staphylococcus Aureus, it only takes a drop to add to infusions or accompanied with honey to feel the benefits in a short time.

It has a strong diuretic effect by attracting water from the various districts of our body.

Thanks to its expectorant capacity, helps to sedate the cough and clear the nasal passages in case of a bad cold, you can mix few drops of essential oil with the sedative syrup prescribed by your doctor.

Moms can use the star anise during the nursing period, thanks to the presence of Diantheole and photoantheole that help to increase the production of milk, it is recommended that new mothers to consult with your gynecologist.

It can also be used on the skin, to help the resolution of some annoyances like acne.



Please do not exceed the dose of 5 ml per day, exaggerated intake can lead to gastrointestinal disturbances, rapid eye movements, convulsions or other neurological effects.

It is not recommended its intake during pregnancy period and for small children or infants, may give side effects or poisoning.


To be used in cooking, to gain flavor the dishes, just take a few of star anise pods boil them in water, once boiled beating them you can get a powder to be spread at your leisure on the plates.

Star anise is often found in natural products for hair preparations, because it stimulates the growth of healthy hair, it prevents hair loss, and helps to eradicate the lice!


Pharmaceutical information about the applications and the consumption of food plants have no indication for self-prescription. In the case of diseases, especially if severe, you need to individually track them with your doctor.


Posted on 12/09/2016 What do you eat? 0 953

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