Star Anise is native to China and is used to flavour confectionery and is a component of Chinese five spice powder. Among other medicinal uses it is used as a treatment for arthritis and colic. It is also chewed to sweeten the breath.
It is anti-fungal and antibacterial making it a great spice for fighting off sore throats, coughs and colds. It also has also been shown to be an effective antioxidant and Lowers blood lipids.