(Illicium Verum)
Star anise is mainly used as a spice but it can also be drank as a tea and has many medicinal benefits. Due to the presence of a compound known as Shikimic acid (used in Tamiflu), star anise has power to prevent one from the flu and viral infections. Another important medicinal benefit of star anise is its ability to inhibit bacterial growth implicated in a variety of common illnesses such as reducing the growth of E.coli. Other health benefits of star anise tea include relieving digestion problems, cough, asthma, yeast infections, sore throats, boosting the immunity, and stimulating the appetite.

Star Anise