Star anise is the Illicium verum plant, an edible herb native to Vietnam and China. Star anise seeds are shaped like a star and are harvested for use in cooking as a spice. Star anise seeds, which taste like licorice, are used in traditional herbal medicine.1,2
Star Anise Health Uses and Health Benefits
Star anise health benefits include being a natural antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial herb that’s high in antioxidants. Star anise can be taken as a preventive remedy for minimizing the damage caused by oxidative stress, which leads to cancer and heart disease. Star anise tea is also soothing for digestive ailments like gas, cramping and bloating.1,2,3
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