Star Anise (Japanese)
Star anise has many uses in herbal magic. Like most herbs with heavy aroma, it can be used for purifying the house and for protection against negative influence : the whole stars can be put over smoldering coals to act as an incense*, which gives a pleasant, delicate aroma and a very decorative sight. Together with nutmeg and cinnamon it can also be an ingredient of prosperity charms.
However, due to its aphrodisiac qualities, it is most potent when used in love and passion spells. This can be accomplished by ‘regular’, ceremonial spellcasting, rituals, witch bags or talismans.