Star Anise - Illicium verum
from China. Certified Organic
- whole select.
A small tree native to southwestern China produces a fruit that ripens into the shape of a star. Star Anise may be the least studied of all incense ingredients. Like common anise, it tastes like licorice, which has led to use in flavoring candies and foods.
In Asia, sometimes people eat star anise after meals to freshen breath and aid digestion. One of the phytochemicals, 1,8 Cineole is both a stimulant and a sedative. Another, Limonene, is considered as a possible anti-Alzheimeran. This suggests an ability to improve awareness and alertness. Star Anise has been known to enhance relaxation, sleep patterns, emotional balance and even a sense of humor. It relieves stress from overwork and is said to be an aphrodisiac.
Chinese star anise (Illicium verum)
should not be confused with anise (Pimpenella anisum)
, a member of the carrot family, or with Japanese star anise (Illicium anisatum)
. Chinese star anise is native to China and Vietnam and has been used for its carminative (reduces gas), stomachic (digestive aid), stimulant, and diuretic medicinal properties. Star anise is used by the Malays to combat stomachache due to the accumulation of intestinal gas, headache, and to promote vitality.See also our Incense Supplies Prices:
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