Star Anise

Illicium verum

Part Used

Dried fruit




Anti-bacterial; anti-fungal; antioxidant; carminative; expectorant (mild); stimulant

Traditional Uses

Used as a carminative to relieve gas, gas pains, bloating, abdominal cramps, indigestion and constipation. Historically, to treat colic, rheumatism (topically for back pain), congestion and coughing. Boosts mother’s immunity, increases flow of breast milk. Has a mild sedative property; may help with candidiasis. ^1.