Star Anise is a medium-sized evergreen tree native to northeast Vietnam and southwest China. It is also known as staranise, star anise seed, Chinese star anise, or badian. It’s aptly named for the star-shaped pods from which the spice seeds are harvested and has a flavor that is reminiscent of licorice. Star anise is famed not only for its distinct flavor and culinary applications but also for its medicinal benefits. Its powerful bioactive compounds may help treat several fungal, bacterial and viral infections.The oil produced from star anise contains thymol, terpineol and anethole, which is used for treating cough and flu. Anise also helps improve digestion, alleviate cramps and reduce nausea. Consuming star anise tea after meals helps treat digestive ailments such as bloating, gas, indigestion and constipation.