Latin Name: Illicium Verum Sourced: China Production: steam distillation
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EXOTIC & MEDICINAL! Without Star Anise, there would be no Tamiflu! Star Anise is the star-shaped fruit of an evergreen plant known scientifically as Illicium verum. Originating in southern China and Vietnam, it has been used as spice and medicine for over 3000 years!
Star Anise has a licorice-like or anise scent, and has medicinal properties that give it significant health benefits, recognized in the East and growing in the West.
In aromatherapy, it is known to be emotionally warming, radiant and helpful with shy people, or those who are weak and regaining strength.
Star Anise is the primary source of shikimic acid, a plant-based compound that is the precursor to oseltamivir, an antiviral medication that is marketed as Tamiflu, according to an article in a 2011 issue of “Alternative Medicine Studies.” Without Star Anise, there would be no Tamiflu.
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