Chinese Star Anise is a medium-sized evergreen tree, native to the regions of Southwestern China and North-eastern Vietnam. It takes its name from the star-shaped fleshy fruits, which become woody upon drying. Star Anise is used as a spice in the traditional cuisine of China, India, Malaysia, and Indonesia, and is also used in alcoholic beverages and teas.
Star Anise essential oils are extracted from the pods by steam distillation and solvent extraction.
Star Anise has been used for hundreds of years in ancient medicine and aromatherapy. Studies have found Star Anise oils to have several medicinal properties, including being antimicrobial, antifungal, and aiding mood improvement.
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