Monday, April 11, 2011

A Brief Introduction to Anise

Anise, also known as aniseed (Pimpinella anisum), has been used for centuries to treat a wide range of dis ease. It is used to treat coughs, bronchitis, gastric gas, ulcers of the digestive tract, nausea and even the hiccups. Anise is also known to help promote lactation and can be used as a breath freshener.

The active ingredients of aniseed include volatile oils, coumarins, flavonoid glycosides and phenylpropanoids.

Modern research has found scientific proof supporting the anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-fungal(Acta Pharm. 55 (2005) 377–385) and gastroprotective potential of Pimpinella anisum.

Anise is considered to be a very safe herb to use, even for very small children. It may be advisable to avoid consuming anise in large dosages if pregnant.

If you like the taste of block liquorish, enjoy a cup of anise tea with a friend. Just add one teaspoon of anise seeds to two cups of boiling water. Let it simmer for two or three minutes, add a bit of date honey and injoy.

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