Illicium Verum is a small tree that's indigeneous to China that produces star-shaped fruits that are quite aromatic and reminiscent of licorice. Often used in culinary applications, Anise Star Seed is also a traditional ingredient in Chinese five spice blends. Star Anise Seed pods are much stronger in flavor than anise seeds and are employed in tincturing and homemade mouthwashes. When brewed in a tea, Anise Star Seed might act much like a male tonic, potentially providing health, well-being, and increasing sexual drive. For women, Anise Star Seed tea might have a mild estrogenic effect. For this reason, it might be useful for menstruating women, and potentially help ease the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.