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Health Benefits Of Anise

ANTIOXIDANT PROPERTIES

It is essential that we get as many natural antioxidants into our bodies as possible and star anise is an excellent source of antioxidants thanks to the presence of linalool and Vitamin C. The reason that we need antioxidants is that they help protect us from cellular damage which is caused by exposure to free radicals and environmental toxins. These free radicals can cause premature aging, as well as putting you in more danger of serious disease like heart disease or cancer.

ANTIBACTERIAL PROPERTIES

In a study published in 2010, Taiwanese researchers found that four antimicrobial compounds derived from star anise were very effective against nearly 70 strains of drug-resistant bacteria. This led researchers to conclude that the compounds in star anise could be developed as an antibiotic in future.

RHEUMATISM AND JOINT PAIN

When applied topically, star anise essential oil is an excellent treatment for rheumatism and back pain. Before using the essential oil it should be combined with a carrier oil and massaged into the affected areas.

IMPROVED DIGESTION

Star anise is often prepared as a tea especially in South East Asian countries and China. It is mainly used to deal with a variety of digestive complaints such as gas, abdominal cramps, indigestion, bloating and constipation. To treat any digestive condition that you may be suffering from, it is considered best to drink the tea after your meals.

WOMEN’S HEALTH

Star anise has traditionally been used in China to help women during pregnancy and to new mothers wanting to increase their milk production. Traditional Chinese practitioners often prescribe it for pregnant women.

It is used to bolster their immune system and stave off illness during this important time. Researchers have also found that star anise had an estrogenic effect owing to a compound called anethole which helps to modulate hormonal functions in women.

SLEEP DISORDERS

 

According to traditional use and anecdotal evidence, star anise may have mild sedative properties which can help your nerves to settle down and also ensure a good night’s sleep. If you are having difficulty getting to sleep, try a cup of soothing star anise tea before going to bed.