Initially used as a flavoring, but now used similarly to fennel to improve the flavor of herbal formulas. It is useful when mixed with or taken with other herbs to give them a palatable flavor and is frequently used in cough medicines. This herb has been used for thousands of years to freshen breath.
The Greeks use teas made from Anise and fennel for asthma and other respiratory ailments. They both contain helpful chemicals-creosol and alpha-pinene-that help loosen bronchial secretions. In large doses Anise has some anti-viral benefit as well.
Anise has been approved by Commission E. for the common cold, coughs and bronchitis, fevers and colds. inflammation of the mouth and pharnyx, upset stomachs (dyspeptic complaints) and loss of appetite.
It is used to stimulate the female glands by helping to control estrogen levels, and stimulates most other glands as well. Anise is helpful in promoting lactation, especially when combined with caraway and lemon grass.
Anise effects the digestive system (gas, colic, and nausea) and breaks up the mucus blockage. It helps to prevent fermentation and gas in the digestive tract. You can add 1 teaspoon to a babies bottle or feed anise tea 1 teaspoon at a time for infant colic.
Anise is a cell stimulant for the heart, liver, brain, and lungs.
Place a few teaspoons of crushed seeds in a cup of water for 10-15 minutes, strain and then drink (or use as a mouthwash).
For colds and flu drink at least four cups/day, especially in the morning and evening.
Abortifacient: a substance that induces abortion.
Anodyne: Relieves pain and reduces sensitivity of the nerves
Antiseptic: prevents decay or putrification, a substance that inhibits the growth and development of microorganisms without necessarily destroying them)
Anti-bacterial: This herb destroys or stops the growth of bacterial infections
Antispasmodic: an agent that relieves or prevents involuntary muscle spasms or cramps
Aromatic: has a pleasant fragrant scent and a pungent taste
Carminative: helps to prevent gas from forming in the intestines and also assists in expelling it.
Diaphoretic: promotes perspiration especially profuse perspiration
Diuretic: promotes the production and secretion of urine
Expectorant: promotes the thinning and ejection of mucus form the lungs, bronchi, and trachea
Galactagogue: An agent that promotes the flow of milk
Pectoral: relieves disorders of the chest and the lungs
Stimulant: increases the activity or efficiency of a system or organ, acts more rapidly than a tonic
Stomachic: gives strength and tone to the stomach, stimulates digestion, and improves the appetite