Familliar to some as a mild “licorice aroma”, Star anise is fruit grown from the flowers of small magnolia trees grown native in the southern parts of China. Star anise is picked right before it is ripe and dried in the sun transforming the fruit into what looks like a small star shaped out of wood. Star anise have been used for centuries throughout Chinese history for its culinary and medicinal characteristics.
Star anise has a range of great health benefits. Star anise is very rich in antioxidants. In 2007 study published by “Chemico-Biological Interactions” researchers found star anise has the ability to combat against environmental toxins and help prevent cancer cells. Star anise also has antibacterial properties. In a 2008 study published by “Korean Journal of Medicinal Mycology” learned that star anise has antifungal properties potentially preventing fungus related diseases that could occur in our body. In addition a 2010 study published by the “Journal of Medicinal Food” found that star anise has antimicrobial characteristics that can help people stay healthy and prevent becoming sick. In addition Star anise is a great blend with vanilla and cloves when used in Kinin’s Crave wellness pod.