Whole star anise: properties, benefits and method of use
One of the characteristics that make this spice more appreciated are its carminative, digestive and anti-nausea properties.
Star anise also helps the enzymatic activity of the liver but above all it is able to perform an excellent antibacterial and antiviral activity. However, it is also successfully used to stimulate appetite in people who struggle to eat or have to recover from a convalescence.
This spice is also a great ally of new mothers, it seems that it can help produce more milk even if, as we know, the best way to increase production is to get the baby attached to the breast as much as possible. It has proven effective in defeating the classic influences but also in situations of recurrent herpes.
Star anise is also a good diuretic (therefore recommended for those suffering from water retention) and expectorant.
It is therefore able to fluidize the mucus and help its elimination in case of cough or bronchitis.
It can help prevent and / or cure: tooth decay, hepatitis B, cold sores, flu, mononucleosis, septic shock.
It goes well with the following spices:
- Fennel seeds
- Curry leaves
- Black pepper
- Chili pepper
It goes very well with: Duck, Custard, Fruit desserts, Pork, Mango, Soups, Dishes fish, Chicken, Sauté, Syrups.
Origins and history: the anise plant, an annual plant with white flowers, grows in almost all areas with a warm climate, including Greece, North Africa, Spain, Italy and Malta.
Originally from the Middle East, the Romans and Greeks in their time spread it all over the Mediterranean and from there to the Americas, in the time of Columbus.