Plant family: Illiciaceae (Illicium family)
Part used: fruit (syncarp)
Taste: aromatic, sweet
Historical commentary: Star anise has long been used in China and was adopted into European herbalism recently. It is viewed as a type of anise, though it is botanically unrelated.
Anticattharal: resolves mucus congestion of the respiratory tract.
Digestive aid: relieves gas and bloating (carminative), improves appetite and alleviates gastric insufficiency and distress (stomachic).
Modern findings: The volatile oil has antispasmodic effects.
Dosage: 2-4 grams.
Active constituents: The essential oils are the main active constituents, with anisole, which is the main active ingredient of botanically unrelated anise, present. The fruit contains 0.5-4% volatile oil (about 80% antheole), coumarins, glycosides, and fixed oils.
Cautions: none known.
Künzle Formula: Tea for Mood.