The usage of star anise has increased in our kitchen in last 10-15 years, prior to that it was not easily available in the market. The flower shaped spice is used in very small quantity and has a strong flavor. It is used extensively in Chinese cuisine.
Cinnamon is definitely a spice that has was used in my mother’s and grand mom’s kitchen. Though the consumption has increased in last 10 years as we discovered medicinal benefits too. We put a small piece of cinnamon while boiling the water for green tea. It is said to be good for BP , Diabetes, joint pain etc.