Anise is used for upset stomach, releases intestinal gas, for runny nose, as an expectorant to increase productive cough, as a diuretic to increase urine flow, and as an appetite stimulant.
Women use anise to increase milk flow when nursing, to start menstruation, to treat menstrual discomfort or pain, ease childbirth, and increase sex drive.
Men use anise to treat symptoms of andropause.
Other uses include: treatment of seizures, nicotine dependence, trouble sleeping, asthma, and constipation.
Some people use anise by applying it directly to the skin to treat lice, scabies, and psoriasis.
Western cuisines have long used anise to flavor dishes, drinks, and candies. Anise is used for both the species of herb and its licorice-like flavor. Anise is also used in dairy products, gelatine, meats, and breath fresheners.
In manufacturing, anise is often used as a fragrance in soap, creams, perfumes, and sachets.
About Anise – Aniseed
Anise (Pimpinella anisum), also called aniseed, is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae native to the eastern Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia.
Anise is a herbaceous annual plant growing to 3 ft (0.9 m) or more tall. The leaves at the base of the plant are simple, 3⁄8–2 in (1–5 cm) long and shallowly lobed, while leaves higher on the stems are feathery pinnate, divided into many small leaflets. The flowers are white, about 1⁄8 inches (3 mm) in diameter, produced in dense umbels. The fruit is an oblong, dry fruit that splits into single-seeded parts when ripe 1⁄8–1⁄4 in (3–6 mm) long.
Fatty oil: 8-23%
Essential oil: 2-7%
N-free extract: 22-28%
Crude fiber: 12-25%
Anise is sweet and very aromatic herb, distinguished by its characteristic flavor. The seeds, whole or ground, are used for the preparation of tea.
The seed (fruit) and oil, and less frequently the root and leaf, are used to make medicine.
How to Use Anise as Natural Remedy
The infusion is prepared from half a teaspoon of crushed anise fruit in a cup of boiling water. Allow to steep for 10-20 minutes, then strain. Drink no more than 3 cups per day. To stimulate the appetite, drink a cup of anise tea a half an hour before meals.
The powder is obtained by grinding the anise seed until becoming powder; take 1/2 teaspoon of powder, 2-3 times per day. This remedy has excellent digestive stimulant qualities: gastric and intestinal soothing, act as antispasmodic (favoring stop hiccups, gastroesophageal reflux). If the seeds are fresh and soft enough, they can be chewed directly without grinding them beforehand, so their therapeutic qualities being used to the maximum.
Combined Infusion of Anise
Put a teaspoon of anise seeds, crushed, into a glass of water and leave them to soak for 6-8 hours at room temperature, then strain. Place aside the obtained extract; scald the remaining seeds after filtration with one glass of water, and allowed it to cool. Finally, mix the two liquid extracts and take the obtained infusion (tea) throughout the day.
How to prepare anise tincture: put in a jar, 20 tablespoons of anise seeds powder, then cover with edible alcohol of 40-50 %, stirring constantly.
When the entire powder was covered, remaining above a layer of alcohol about two fingers width, close the jar tightly and allow the mixture to steep for 12 days; then strain.
Place the tincture in small bottles, dark, and keep it up to 5 years. Take this tincture as treatment one teaspoon, 4 times per day, for 1-3 months.
The researchers found that after treatment with anise, besides lowering blood glucose was observed and a decrease in total and LDL cholesterol and a decrease in triglycerides.
Anise – Precautions and Contraindications
It is not indicated for gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcer, chronic and acute enterocolitis. In large doses, the essential oil can lead to the occurrence of toxicities, resulting in the initial excitation phenomena, then paralysis, tremors, drowsiness and euphoria.