Whole Organic Aniseed (Pipmpinella anisum)
The anise is a perennial herbal plant that bears white colored flowers with small oblong seeds. The seeds of the anise plant carry a sweet fragrance and an almost licorice like flavor. The presence of the compound anethole in the seeds is what gives anise its distinctive aroma. Originally grown in the Mediterranean and Egypt, Anise is now found all over the world.
Aniseed is available in both whole as also ground forms and can be used to add flavor to a number of food items. Aniseed as an ingredient is used in cakes and confectionary, soft drinks and alcohol. Aniseed possesses properties that are stimulating, diuretic, expectorant, carminative, laxative, anti-spasmodic, and disphoretic. The benefits of aniseed are therefore wide ranging.
Aniseed is high in vitamins such as folates, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It is also an important source of potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese and selenium. As a result, there are several health benefits of aniseed.
Health Benefits and Therapeutic Uses of Aniseed
You can use aniseed in many ways- the seeds can be cooked with, the herb can be infused and made into an aniseed tea or aniseed essential oil can be used to treat different ailments and medical problems.
Health benefits of aniseed include:
Other Uses of Aniseed
There are no other significant uses of aniseed besides culinary and medicinal.
There are no serious side effects that come from consuming aniseed. However, high dosages may result in problems such as nausea, and vomiting. Drinking aniseed tea should be restricted to one cup a day on normal days. If you are feeling ill, under your doctor’s supervision you may increase it to thrice a day. This dosage and treatment should continue for a maximum of four days at a stretch. If you are on medications such as birth control pills, aniseed can reduce their efficacy. Additional forms of birth control along with the pill should be taken. Anise also reacts against estrogen pills and causes their efficacy to waver.