Common Names: Anis Estrellado, Anis Etoile, Aniseed Stars, Anisi Stellati Fructus, Ba Jiao Hui, Badiana, Bajiao, Chinese Anise, Chinese Star Anise, Eight-Horned Anise, Eight Horns, Lllicium, Lllicium Verum.
Scientific Name: Lllicium Verum
Common Uses: Cough, Gas (flatulence), Loss of appetite, menstrual disorders, Lung swelling (inflammation), upset stomach.
*Warnings: Some ingredients can cause skin problems including swelling, scaling, and blisters when applied to the skin. Be sure you are using Chinese star anise, not Japanese star anise, which is poisonous. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of star anise during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use. Children: It is UNSAFE to use star anise in infants. It’s too hard to make sure the product you are using is pure Chinese star anise, not contaminated with poisonous Japanese star anise. Pure Chinese star anise is commonly used in infants and has a history of safe use. However, some infants given star anise tea have shown irritability, vomiting, and seizures. These symptoms are likely attributable to star anise which has been adulterated with toxic Japanese star anise (Illicium anisatum). Unless it can be verified that star anise tea does not contain Japanese star anise, the tea should be avoided in infants. Not enough is known about the safety of star anise for older children. Hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Star anise might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen do not use star anise.
Origin: China and Vietnam