Star anise is the seed pod from the fruit of the Illicium verum plant, an evergreen shrub native to Southwest China. Star anise has a very strong, distinct flavor that is warm, sweet, and spicy, similar to licorice, fennel seed, clove, and anise seed, of course.
Anise can help improve digestion, alleviate cramps and reduce nausea.
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This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice.