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Anise: Another Belittled Herb with Big Qualities

The Anise plant has been used for centuries to treat a number a health conditions. Their seeds were so valuable in the East, they were used to pay taxes. These very seeds can treat many conditions, from low sex drive to digestion problems. Anise is from the carrot family and it can grow up to 3 feet tall.

The plant has thin, spindly roots that create grooved leaves and stems. These stems produce feathery-looking lobes. The plant flowers in July and August, and delivers a sweet scent through fragile, yellow and white flowers. August through September bring aniseed—small, brown seeds that grow in warm conditions.

Anise is native to Asia Minor, Crete, Egypt and Greece but is also grown in other parts of the world in warm and favorable conditions.

The Seeds

Aniseed is comprised of 12-25% crude fibers, 22-28% N-free extracts, 5% starches, 2-7% essential oils, 8-23% fatty oils and 18% proteins. The seeds have a delightful sent due to its essential oil, anethole.

One can also find compounds like anise alcohol, acetophenone, pinene, estragole and p-anisaldehyde in its sends. When it comes to minerals, anise is an excellent source of copper, iron, manganese, zinc, calcium, magnesium and potassium. There are tons of B-complex vitamins, too: thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and pyridoxine.

Overall, aniseed can give benefits to the bone, blood, cardiac, brain chemicals and overall health.

Preparing Aniseed

Before you can start preparing aniseed for usage, you need to remove them completely from the plant. Place the seeds in trays to dry up. You’ll know they are dry because they will become a greyish brown color. Once they reach that color, you can grind the seeds into powder.

This powder should be stored in a cool area using an airtight container to ensure a long, healthy shelf life. You can steep the seeds in boiling water to create a delicious herbal tea, or take the grounded seeds instead.

Use of Anise

Aniseed and its essential oil has been found to produce anethole, thymol and terpineol which are excellent for treating coughs and chest problems. You can use them as lozenges for coughs, loosening the airways as well.

Aniseed tea can be drunk by those suffering from bronchitis, as well as those with spasmodic asthma. The tea is an excellent suppressant and relaxant. If you have pharyngitis, laryngitis or sore throat, gargling with the tea can create a relief. Drops of the aniseed oil in a vaporizer can provide relief from coughing and congestion.

Create a paste with the seeds to relieve headaches and migraines. Just spread it onto your forehead, temples or neck, and you’ll feel great. You can create similar pastes to treat head lice, scabies and other similar afflictions. In addition, the seeds can be used to treat flatulence, trouble sleeping and appetite stimulation. Nursing mothers can benefit from its ability to help them produce milk.

The components found within aniseed, such as thymol,alpha-pineno, linalol, stigmasterol, terpineol and eugenol, have been found to release calming effects that ease anxiety, nervousness and panic attacks.

One can improve their libido by taking some crushed seeds with a glass of water each night.

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