It is used to combat stomach ailments by intestinal bloating, headaches, and to boost vitality. Ideal for when cold, as it has heating qualities. It's great for people with respiratory problems and difficulties.
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The star anise tree reminds the laurel, for its beautiful carriage, and magnolia, for its decorative flowers. All he gives off a pleasant aroma similar to anise, but more intense. It was introduced in Europe in the late seventeenth century, when the use of oriental spices was at its peak.
Star anise, despite belonging to different botanical family as the common or anise, containing the same active substance: a substance rich in anethole. So their properties are similar to those from anise: eupéptico (aids digestion) and carminative (eliminates intestinal gas and flatulence). This is useful in cases of slow digestion, intestinal fermentation and flatulence (excessive gas). For its antispasmodic action alleviates slightly spasms hollow viscera (stomach, gall bladder, intestine, uterus, etc..). Expectorant, carminative, stomach tonic, digestive, menstrual regulator and flattering features of lactation. Used for indigestion, gastroenteritis, flatulence, gastrointestinal spasms. Loss of appetite, dyspepsia hiposecretoras, gastroenteritis, flatulence, gastrointestinal spasms. Colds, bronchitis. The essence determines an action carminative, stomachic, eupéptica, antispasmodic and antiseptic. Topical: pediculosis. If prepared in infusion takes lesser extent than with anise, being more concentrated, you only have 2 or 3 fruits per cup, 2-3 cups a day, after meals. In dry administered 100 to 300 milligrams a day.
The essence of star anise, for its high content of anethole, has toxic effects on the nervous system (convulsions and delirium) when taking high doses. Alcoholic beverages prepared with this substance can cause poisoning.
Contraindicated in pregnancy, lactation, hyperestrogenism.
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