Star Anise - Illicium verum Hoocker
Star Anise - Illicium verum Hoocker
Star Anise - Illicium verum Hoocker

Star Anise - Illicium verum Hoocker

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Star Anise Digestive Tea

Star Anise Tea - Illicium verum Hoocker

Origin: Vietnam

Used part: Fruit


Plant native to China, this tree has a large size (can reach up to 18 meters high) and carries this name due to the fruits it generates, having a star shape. While in the East it is used as a seasoning for seafood and meats due to its pleasant and peculiar aroma or even through its essential oil, in Brazil its main utility is natural medicine, which directs that the star anise is used in infusions and teas.

Nowadays this plant has been 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 flu and new influenza (H1N1).

Health benefits:

Unlike the other anis, the star has a higher concentration of anethole in its chemical composition, thus being more effective for effects in various digestive problems, being, moreover, linked to the cure of influenza, 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 rich in essential oils as property.

Good Herbal Remedy:

  • Colics
  • Gastritis
  • Enteritis
  • Gas
  • Gastrointestinal spasms
  • Coughs, bronchitis
  • Calming
  • Expectorant effect


  1. Put 1 liter of boiling water
  2. Then add 1 teaspoon of Star Anise
  3. Let the infusion boil for ten minutes
  4. Strain and drink

How to Drink

Take 2 to 3 cups a day.

In cases of bad breath, it is also effective to suck the aniseed. In addition to improving the health of the digestive system, it aids in the combat of this unpleasant evil.


The side effects of Star Anise tea include nausea, vomiting and allergic reactions in the skin and respiratory when consumed in excess. Star Anise is contraindicated for pregnant and lactating women and should also be avoided by patients with hyperestrogenism and should not be used by infants and children under 10 years of age.