Star Anise (Illicium verum)
Star anise is an evergreen tree, which produces the familiar, eight-pointed woody fruit with a single seed inside. It is used as flavoring in food and as herbal medicine to calm colds and aid digestion.
In Japan, the bark from star anise tree was burned as incense. The dried, crushed seeds yield a spicy essential oil. Topically, star anise is antibacterial, anti fungal and stimulating.