Scientific Name - Pimpinella anisum
Properties - Expectorant, antimicrobial, digestive aid, carminative, breath freshener, mild estrongenic, insecticide, antispasmodic, antiseptic
aromatic, diuretic, galactagogic
Common Uses - Anise seed tea -- crush seeds, steep a teaspoon in a cup of hot water. Found in commercial cough medications and candies. May be added to foods when cooking to flavor and aid digestion. Combined with fennel and caraway, may alleviate flatulence.
Parts Used - Seeds containing essential oil, creosole, alpha-pinene, anethole
Locating & Handling - Purchase anise seeds at grocery store. May grow the plants outdoors by sowing from seed. Harvest seed heads when ripe.
Caution - Generally considered safe but may have effects common to estrogenics
such as headache, blood clotting, breast cancer. Note: Japanese Star Anise is not
the same herb -- it is poisonous.
Origin - Originally from Egypt. Used in ancient Greece and Rome.