Star anise (Illicium verum) or kembang lawang is a unique spice in the shape of a star, five to ten pointed boat-shaped sections, about eight on average. Star anise is the fruit of a small oriental tree that is native to China and Vietnam. Nowadays, it is widely used as food flavoring as well as in traditional medication.
Star anise has a distinctive smell and taste that adds its own special, slightly bitter flavor to a dish. It is said to boost the appetite. If it is added to tea or other herbal drinks, its warmth and seductive aroma will help overcome the symptoms of morning sickness, relieve cold-stagnation, and loosen breathing.
This spice has antioxidant and antifungal agents that work to protect the body from free radicals. Its oil is antiseptic and antispasmodic, and helps to remove toxins in the body. The strong aroma of star anise is effective in overcoming sleep disorders like insomnia. At Komaneka Resorts, star anise is one of the essential spices in some of our treatment blends.