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Kenai Peninsula – Alaska
Star Anise and Health
The botanical name for Star Anise is illicium verum. Not to be confused with Japanese Star Anise, known in Japan as Shikimi (illicium anisatum) which is toxic.
Star anise, like anise seed, has a licorice- type flavor and scent. It is good for so many things I didn’t know where to start. So, I just picked a few benefits:
- Star Anise contains iron, so it is good for anemia
- Helps with congestion, helps to remove mucous, and has strong expectorant properties.
- Fights bacterial and viral infections.
- Skin Care
- Digestive aid
- Lowers blood sugar
- Improves circulation and lowers blood pressure
- Anti-cancer agent
- Improves sleep
You can find the whole spice which you can use to make medicinal tea. You can also find the essential oil which can be added to base oils or creams to use on troubled skin.
How to make Spiced Rum
by — Ellery Adams —
Place rum, allspice, cloves, cardamom, star anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, and one vanilla bean—split lengthwise—in a jar and store in a dark place for 2 days. Strain rum using cheesecloth. Pour and enjoy.”
— Ellery Adams —
Heat milk (or almond or soy milk) until it is hot but not boiling.
Add spices and let steep for 15-30 minutes
Strain and drink.