Garlic is an herb that is grown around the world. It is related to onion, leeks, and chives. It is thought that garlic is native to Siberia, but spread to other parts of the world over 5000 years ago. Garlic is most commonly used for conditions related to the heart and blood system.
Mentha is a genus of plants in the family Lamiaceae. The exact distinction between species is unclear; it is estimated that 13 to 24 species exist. Hybridization occurs naturally where some species range overlap. Many hybrids and cultivars are known.
Star anise is the seed pod from the fruit of the Illicium verum plant, an evergreen shrub native to Southwest. licorice-like aroma makes star anise an integral ingredient in Chinese five spice, where it's combined with fennel, cinnamon, Szechuan peppercorns.