Herbs With Barbara

Festive Crafts & Star Anise

todayThursday 27 April

share close

Festive Crafts & Star Anise

It’s 1st December and time for our monthy check in with the lovely Barbara Wilkinson, our Consultant Medical Herbalist.

With the festive season just around the corner, Barbara gave us some wonderful Christmas craft ideas – from making your own wreath using willow twigs – to a simple table decoration idea using a silver or gold marker pen and fresh bay leaves.

Star Anise

This wonderfully aromatic, star shaped seed pod is harvested from the evergreen Illicium verum tree and is often used in Chinese cooking.

In fact, it is one of the principal ingredients in Chinese 5 spice powder!

But Star Anise also has trememdous health benefits as it is rich in powerful bioactive compounds – and is particularly beneficial at this time of the year!

It is antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral and is easy to incorporate into your cooking.

Star Anise has a distinct licorice aroma and a taste similar to fennel.

Why not steep a pod in a mug of hot water and enjoy a refreshing drink which will help keep the bugs away!

Written by: ian

Previous episode

Herbs With Barbara

Comfrey & Borage

Comfrey & Borage It's the first Thursday of the month - and time for our regular check in with the wonderful Barbara Wilkinson, our Medical Herbalist - who today comes bounding into the studio wielding two humongous triffids... These large, very green, stretchy leaves have a hairy texture and look a little like Dock Leaves on steroids - but it turns out they are actually Comfrey leaves, Symphytum Officianle, a […]

todayThursday 27 April

Similar episodes

Post comments (0)

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


We would love to hear from you!

Please record your message.

Record, Listen, Send

Allow access to your microphone

Click "Allow" in the permission dialog. It usually appears under the address bar in the upper left side of the window. We respect your privacy.

Microphone access error

It seems your microphone is disabled in the browser settings. Please go to your browser settings and enable access to your microphone.

Speak now


Canvas not available.

Reset recording

Are you sure you want to start a new recording? Your current recording will be deleted.

Oops, something went wrong

Error occurred during uploading your audio. Please click the Retry button to try again.

Send your recording

Thank you