The Top Ten Uses For Star Anise
Star anise is a star shaped spice/ Herb that is largely grown in china. Star Anise also known as star aniseed, or Chinese star anise is a popular spice that closely resembles anise.
- Star Anise can be used medicinally for Rheumatism, and the seeds are sometimes chewed after meals to aid digestion.
- The seed and oil are used to make medicine.
- Be careful you know what you are taking. The star anise used as medicine is Chinese star anise. Don’t confuse it with Japanese star anise, which is poisonous and should not be taken. Some Chinese star anise tea products have been contaminated with Japanese star anise. You cannot tell the difference between them just by looking. Unless safety can be assured by chemical analysis, star anise tea should not be used.
- People try taking star anise for respiratory tract infections, lung swelling (inflammation), cough, bronchitis, the flu (influenza), swine flu, and bird flu.
- They also use it for digestive tract problems including upset stomach, gas, loss of appetite, and colic in babies.
- Some women use star anise for increasing the flow of breast milk, promoting menstruation, and easing childbirth.
- Star anise is also used for increasing sexual drive (libido) and treating symptoms of “male menopause.”
- Some people inhale star anise to treat respiratory tract congestion.
Here are the top 10 uses:
- Star anise is a brilliant addition to curries, simply put in when simmering the sauce and remove before serving.
- Create your own herbal teas by mixing star anise, cinnamon and liquorice root.
- Star Anise is a major componant of garam masala: a pivotal ingredient in indian cooking!
- Enjoy star anise combined with plum, cinnamon and xylitol to make a fruity compote. Delicious with greek yoghurt.
- Create a tipple with a twist by adding a star anise to a bottle of vodka! Spicy Cosmopolitans anyone?
- Star anise plays a key part in oriental dishes, it is one of the spices that make up chinese 5 spice, which makes a delicious meat marinade.
- Add star anise to water when poaching apricots to give them an intensely exotic flavour.
- Bake a taste explosion by combining star anise, stem ginger, double cream, vanilla pods, egg yolks and sugar to create a spicey creme brulee.
- Add a couple of star anise to a small pot of sugar, leave sealed for a week and enjoy liquorice sugar! Great to sprinkle onto dishes and used to sweeten herbal tea!
- Introduce star anise into baking by adding ground star anise into cakes along with nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon to create a christmassy flavour.
Just a note on some side effects
Special Precautions & Warnings:
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.