"Anise or Aniseed, less commonly anis (stressed on the second syllable) (Pimpinella anisum), is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native to the eastern Mediterranean region and southwest Asia. It is a herbaceous annual plant growing to 1m tall. The leaves at the base of the plant are simple, 2-5 cm long and shallowly lobed, while leaves higher on the stems are feathery pinnate, divided into numerous leaflets. The flowers are white, 3 mm diameter, produced in dense umbels. The fruit is an oblong dry schizocarp, 3-5 mm long.
Pimpinella species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species, including the lime-speck pug and wormwood pug.
* Anise, like fennel, contains anethole, and is known to be a phytoestrogen.
* Anise is a mild antiparasitic and its leaves can be used to treat digestive problems, relieve toothache, and its essential oil to treat lice and scabies." (Wikipedia)
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Anise Seed Feedback
10/31/2008: Lorraine from Charles Town, WV, USA: "Please add the following urls for Anise:
Some restrictive use comments:
Use only in moderation. Has been known to cause dermatitis. Can act as a narcotic and slow down circulation in large quantities, which can lead to cerebral disorders. Do not use while pregnant, nursing or without doctors knowledge if being treated for serious conditions such as cancer, pulminory disease, or blood pressure.
Also, PLEASE note that Star Anise (Illicium floridianum) and Anise are NOT the same plant. Some forms of Star Anise are toxic, such as Japaneese Star Anise (Illicium anisatum) whcih is known to contain sikimotoxin. "
[YEA] 08/05/2009: Jen from Kailua-kona, Hawaii, Usa replies: "I'm a bit surprised to see a recommendation not to use anise when nursing - in many European countries anise has been used expressly by nursing mothers for hundreds of years, as it stimulates both the quality and quantity of the mother's milk production. Confections made with anise are traditionally eaten when celebrating the birth of a baby.
It is also used to aid digestion and diminish gas, and a cup of hot milk with some anise steeped in it is an old remedy for insomnia, as well as being very warming on those cold winter nights."
[YEA] 01/11/2008: Brigitte from Houston, Texas: "re: anise seed tincture for treatment of nonproductive coughs.
A nonproductive cough is another name for a dry cough which does nothing to move phlem from the throat and lumgs. This is often a precursor to a more serious ailment like pneumonia. It is of the utmost importance that you remove the excessive phlem from your system. I have found that the best expectorant that I can find is made by placing five tablespoons anise seeds into 1 cup of rum. I take no more than 2 teaspoons of this as needed to induce a cough which allows for the mucus to be removed from the body. A note to nursing mothers who have problems with milk production; a good side affect of anise is that it increases milk production in lactating mothers. I know this for a fact as my last child was born when I was 40 and I had problems producing milk sufficient to meet my child's needs. Be cognisant of the fact that you do not want to over do it with alcohol if you are nursing as this would be counter productive to the health and well being of the child who depends on you for nourishment. I used an anise tea when I was nursing it works well for increasing milk production."
[YEA] 07/20/2007: Kathryn Mars from New York, New York: "When I am feeling lethargic, I boil a chopped up ginger root with 4 sticks of cinnamon and a heaping tablespoon of anise seeds. Sweeten to taste. (You can also add lemon and cayenne pepper if you have cold symptoms). This gives me an instant lift in spirit."
[YEA] 05/07/2007: Joe from Arizona: "The other day I picked up some anise seed in the grocery store because it was inexpensive and I've been wanting to use in it cooking. Out of curiosity, I searched online for anise seed and came upon this website - (http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art18307.asp).
According to this website, anise seed and oil have many holistic properties including curing coughs, hiccups, flatulence and being a decongestant, among other things. Since I frequent Earth Clinic, I wanted to see your take on anise seed, but noticed you don't even have it listed. Have you previously heard of the healing properties of anise seed?
I'm sure your site's readers would be interested in this possible remedy, I know I was."