Star anise is popular in all over the world because of its odor and useful medical
properties. Star anise is a species of magnolia family, prefers woodlands, sunny edges,
and dappled shade. It grows well in humus rich, mildly acidic to neutral soils, which are
light to medium and having good drainage. Star anise is a fruit in the shape of a star.
Star Anise is called Chakriphool in Hindi. It is brown in color and has an aroma similar to
that of a fennel seed. It has a strong licorice taste, more intense than regular anise. The
fruits are picked up just before the harvest. Star anise contains an essential oil that is
responsible for its flavor. Rust colored and tough skinned, they have widely used
aromatic properties. If kept away from sunlight and stored in an airtight container, it can
last up to a year.
Benefits of Star Anise
• Star anise has the ability to inhibit bacterial growth implicated in a variety of
• The oil produced from star anise contains thymol, terpineol and anethole, which
is used for treating cough and flu.
• Star anise possesses some level of sedative properties, attributed to the
antioxidant levels and the magnesium content of the spice.
• Has powerful anti-fungal properties and has been a trusted natural remedy for a
huge host of fungal infections, including Athlete’s foot, ringworm, Candida and
other common strains.