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Anise (Pimpinella Anisum)


The use of anise has become extremely common nowadays especially among people with respiratory complications. This herb can grow up to 18 inches tall. Anise was first discovered in Egypt and other parts of the Mediterranean area. However, due to its medical benefits this herb is now cultivated in different parts of the world. It has small flowers and it is yellowish white in color. This herb grows in umbels and its leaves are quill shaped. Anise bears fruits that are oblong and grimy in color. It is important to note that the fruits of this herb are the most effective in providing medical benefits. In fact, the use of this herb for medical purposes dates back to the prehistoric era.   

Medicinal Uses

More medical uses of Anise continue to be discovered with the change in time. For example, in the early 17th century, the herb used to serve as a perfect remedy for treating respiratory complications such as coughs. Romans also used anise to improve bad breath. But in the 16th century, it was used in trapping mice. Its feathery nature made it an effective attraction to ensnare mice. In the 14th century, this herb became a chargeable drug.

Today, anise is rated as the most effective herb and is used to cure a wide variety of complications. Many people today use anise to enhance their digestive systems. Research has shown that the herb contains properties that are highly effective in treating stomach problems. You are supposed to eat anise seeds immediately after meals to boost your digestion process. These seeds can also be crushed and added to tea to improve its flavor and help in the digestion process. Anise is effective in relieving problems of flatulence.   

Dosage and Administration

Firstly, you can crush the anise seeds and them to your tea for a better flavor. These seeds are also used as an expectorant for coughs and bronchitis. They can help you deal with thick mucus obstructions. However, some people prefer to use the herb for smoking. They argue that the smoke helps in coughing up and spitting out heavy mucus that may be stuck in the chest. The smoke also helps in the removal of phlegm and any other matter that may be stuck in the lungs. You can treat your trachea and bronchi with the smoke. However, the smoke should only be used for these purposes.

If you have colic problems you should use anise. It is very effective in dealing with intestinal complications. The proper dosage should be 10 to 30 of anise seeds powdered and steeped in condensed water. Take one or two glasses of the concoction everyday. This procedure should be repeated for several weeks in order to have effective results.

Parts Used

The most important parts of anise are the fruits. Its fruits contain seeds that are used for various medical purposes. But initially, the herb which is feathery in nature used to trap mice. The seeds can be used to produce a special type of oil which is added to tea for flavor and other digestive purposes.


  • Anise gives numerous benefits including the treatment of various stomach complications such as bloating. Many people also use anise to treat bowels. Other common complications such as vomiting, spasmodic flatulence can be treated by this herb.   
  • Anise seeds offer a perfect remedy for respiratory problems. These seeds serve as the best expectorant. They will help you get rid of phlegm in your lungs. In fact, research shows that this herb is effective in treating asthma. The herb can also be used to treat coughs, bronchitis, influenza, pneumonia and more.

Side Effects

Anise seeds are not without adverse effects. Such effects include nausea, vomiting, pulmonary edema and more. Most medical experts advise that this oil should not be used in large quantities especially when used internally because they can cause serious abdominal complications. You should not consume anise oil in its pure form because it can easily cause pulmonary edema. Some cases of pulmonary edema are known to occur after taking 1 to 5ml of chaste anise oil. This oil can also cause serious skin irritation and other types of allergies. It is advisable to seek doctor’s intervention in case of serious side effects of anise.  

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