Star Anise (Badiane) is mainly known for its effects on digestion. It relieves the digestive sphere in cases of difficult digestion, digestive spasms or to combat bloating, flatulence and aerophagia. It also has expectorant properties, so it can be used in case of wet cough or bronchitis. Latin name: Illicium verum Hook.f. Part of the plant: Fruits

This article was updated on 08/02/2023

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In case of' Aerophagia, bloating, flatulence

Consume preferably after meal(s).

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour 3 g of dried fruit, or 1 to 2 stars, per cup of hot water. Leave to infuse for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 1 cup per day.

In decoction

Pour 3 g of dried fruit, or 1 to 2 stars per cup of cold water. Boil for 3 minutes then leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Drink 1 cup per day.

In case of Dyspepsia, Difficult digestion, Digestive disorders, Digestive spasms

Consume preferably after meal(s).

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour 3 g of dried fruit, or 1 to 2 stars, per cup of hot water. Leave to infuse for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 1 cup per day.

In decoction

Pour 3 g of dried fruit, or 1 to 2 stars per cup of cold water. Boil for 3 minutes then leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Drink 1 cup per day.

Plants often associated

In case of Bronchitis

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour 3 g of dried fruit, or 1 to 2 stars, per cup of hot water. Leave to infuse for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 1 cup per day.

In decoction

Pour 3 g of dried fruit, or 1 to 2 stars per cup of cold water. Boil for 3 minutes then leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Drink 1 cup per day.

Properties and active components

Properties

  • digestive (trans-anethole)
  • carminative (trans-anethole)
  • antispasmodic (trans-anethole)
  • antibacterial (trans-anethole)
  • expectorant (trans-anethole)

Active components

  • Essential oils: trans-anethol, estragol, alpha-pinene, methyl-chavicol, limonene, linalool
  • Flavonoids
  • Phenol acids: shikimic acid

Precautions for use

Star Anise is not recommended for people with mastitis as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Botanical

The Chinese Badianier belongs to the family of Magnoliaceae. The latter measures up to 18 m in height. It has lanceolate leaves, as well as flowers yellow to pale green.

THE fruit, called Star anise or Star anise, is colored reddish brown. It is made up of 6 to 12 follicles arranged in a star shape and connected by a central pedicel. Each follicle is opened at the top and reveals a shiny, brown, ovoid seed. It has a pleasant anise smell, hence its name “Illiacum” which means “bait, attraction”.

The Badianier is native to China, India and Vietnam. It is found in regions where the climate east tropical. The main producer of Star Anise is China, but it is also cultivated in other Asian countries such as India, Japan and the Philippines.

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