Don't be fooled into thinking that star anise is simply decoration in your mulled wine! Did you know that the vast proportion of the world's harvests of star anise is used by the pharmaceutical industry for flu vaccines? These delicious, aromatic dried fruits of a the subtropical Illicium verum tree are particularly high in antiviral and antibacterial compounds such as anethole and shikimic acid and during the swine flu outbreak star anise more than doubled in street value due to industry demand! Star anise also has a long history for a safe, sweet and gentle remedy for wind and griping in children. With it's traditional use as a calming remedy, this is a perfect spice for easing nervous tummies, supporting digestion and immunity this winter.
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Try making a tea or hot milk with star anise, cinnamon, a touch of orange zest and a dribble of honey.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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