Anise Star Pods
Anise Star Pods are the seed pods of an evergreen tree. The tree is called Illicium Verum. It is grown in southwestern China and Japan. Each ‘arm’ of the pod has seeds in it. The fruit is picked before it is ripe. Then, it is dried and used as a spice. It can also be used for medicinal reasons. It also has a licorice-like taste.
The taste of the Anise star pods are similar to regular anise. However, the flavor is stronger.
The Anise star pods are known for their medicinal uses. When used internally, it can help treat:
It can also be used to stimulate the appetite. As an anti-spasmodic, it can also help treat stomach upset. It can also be found as an ingredient in flu medicines.
Anise star pods are also known to be an antifungal. It also has antibacterial properties. It has been known to help cure whooping cough.
Other benefits include helping new mothers produce breast-milk. There are claims that it can increase the libido. There are also other claims that state it can help with menstrual pains.
The Anise star pods can also be used externally. When used this way, it can be used to help treat rheumatism.
The seeds within the pods can also be used to freshen the breath. The herb can also be applied on the skin. When used this way, it can help treat oily skin.
The pods can also be an anti-viral. It can be effective to fighting several viruses. It works by stopping further viral infections.
As an anti-bacterial, it is effective in fighting off certain bacteria. Anethole can be extracted from the pods. These can help in fighting bacteria, especially E.coli. E.coli primarily spreads in the digestive system. It can cause diarrhea and vomiting.