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Star Anise Tea

Star Anise - Research:

One trial indicates that compounds from the star anise fruit have natural insecticidal activity and may prove useful for fumigation.10  
The German Commission E has approved the use of star anise seeds as a bronchial expectorant for coughs, irritations and congestion of the respiratory tract.9  They have also approved its use to soothe gastrointestinal complaints.

Star anise has been known to be used as a stimulant, to prevent gas, and to enhance sexual desire.  The seeds are sometimes chewed after meals to aid digestion5  and to sweeten the breath.6 
5  Star anise. Wikipedia encyclopedia website. Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_anise. Accessed on 12/13/04 and 12/9/2005.

6  Grieve M. A Modern Herbal. Vol 1. New York: Dover Publications Inc; 1971.
9  Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, Gruenwald J, Hall T, Riggins CW, Rister RS, eds. Klein S, Rister RS, trans. The Complete German Commission E Monographs Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Austin, TX: American Botanical Council; Boston: Integrative Medicine Communication; 1998.
10  Chang K, Ahn Y. Fumigant activity of (e)-anethole identified in Illicium verum fruit against Blattella germanica. Pest Management Science. 2002:58(2);161-166.

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