Information about the herb Anise

Pimpinella anisum, also known as Aniseed is part of the Umbelliferae plant family.It is a native of Egypt, Greece and Crete.

Botanical Name: Pimpinella anisum

Common Name: Aniseed

Plant Family: Umbelliferae (It is related to the Carrot family)

History: The name comes from ‘dipinella’ meaning ‘twice pinnate’ (relating to its leaf structure). Anise was well known by the Greeks being mentioned by both Dioscorides and Pliny and was cultivated in Tuscany during Roman times, and spread to Central Europe in the Middle Ages.

In biblical times, Anise was used with other spices for the paying of taxes: ‘Ye pay tithe of Mint, Anise andCummin‘ – Mathew 23, The Bible.

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Plant Constituents of Anise

Contains:

  • a fragrant, syrupy, volatile oil (2.5-3.5%)
  • anethol
  • choline
  • fixed oil
  • mucilage
  • sugar

Action:

  • antiseptic [an agent for inhibiting the growth of microorganism on living tissue or destroying pathogenic or putrefactive bacteria]
  • antispasmodic [an agent which relieves or eases muscular spasms, cramps or convulsions]
  • aromatic [a substance having an agreeable odor and stimulating qualities]
  • carminative [an agent for easing griping pains, colic and expelling gas from the intestines]
  • digestive [aids the digestive system]
  • expectorant [an agent that promotes the discharge of mucous and secretions from the respiratory passages]
  • pectoral [remedy for pulmonary or other lung and chest diseases]
  • stimulant [an agent that excites or quickens the functional activity of the tissues giving more energy]
  • stomachic [an agent that strengthens, stimulates or tones the stomach]
  • tonic [an agent that tones, strengthens and invigorates organs or the entire organism giving a feeling of well-being]

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Usage of Anise

Medicinal Part used: The fruit or seeds

Anise

  • seed head hung on your bedpost is said to restore lost youth
  • was used as a bath additive prior to ritual mixed with Bay Leaves
  • was used in potpourri around the house to ward off evil and the evil eye
  • was used in the sleeping pillow at night to chase away nightmares

Anise is commonly used for: 

Bacterial Conditions

  • eradicates intestinal bacteria

Brain and Nervous System Conditions

  • epilepsy

Seeds:

  • insomnia (taken with warm milk)

Female Conditions

  • induces menstruation
  • promotes milk in nursing mothers

Gastrointestinal Conditions

  • digestive infections
  • colic, especially in infants
  • eases colic-type pains
  • flatulence (gas)
  • halitosis (bad breath)
  • improves appetite
  • indigestion
  • nausea
  • promotes digestion
  • purifies intestines, with Caraway and Fennel
  • soothes digestion

Anise Oil:

  • expels flatulence
  • is used as a stomach tonic
  • relieves cramps and spasms

Inflammatory Conditions

  • infantile catarrh

Respiratory Tract Conditions

  • bronchitis
  • chest infections
  • loosens tight phlegm
  • persistent hard, dry coughs
  • reduces congestion and irritation in the lungs
  • spasmodic asthma

Other

  • alleviates cramps

Externally it can be used as a salve for:

  • lice
  • scabies

and a wash for:

  • the eyes (diluted)

Other Uses:

  • on buns and rolls (seeds)
  • to flavor liquor
  • to condition horses (seeds)

 

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Precautions

Drug Interactions:

Do not use Anise without first talking to your practitioner or healthcare provider if you taking any of the following medications:

  • None known

Products

Global Herbal Supplies has Anise available in the following forms:

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