Anise | Pimpinella anisum

Other Names

Anis, Anís, Anis Vert, Aniseed, Anise Essential Oil, Anisi Fructus, Graine d’Anis Vert, Huile Essentielle d’Anis, Phytoestrogen, Phyto-Œstrogène, Pimpinella anisum, Pinella, Semen Anisi, Shatpushpa, Sweet Cumin, Velaiti Saunf, Anis, Anise vert, Boucage, Huei-hsiang, Yanisum yansoun, Anais, Süßer Kümmel, Brotsamen, Taubenanis, Römischer Fenchel, sweet cumin, Seed bread, Roman fennel, Anice, erva doce, Anise,Enes, Enis, Einis, Jenes.

Description

Also called Anise, Aniseed is a member of the family that includes carrots, dill, cumin, and caraway. It has a strong scent and flavor similar to licorice, the essential oil is actually used for licorice candy. Somehow, foods labeled with licorice flavoring often contain a good amount of anise and none of licorice.

Being an annual plant, it is about 50 centimeters tall and has lobed leaves at the bottom, whereas the top leaves are feathered. During its collection period, the anise flowers bloom and produce fruits that are ovoid in shape and taper upwards. Distinguishing anise is done through its pleasant scent.


Ingredients

Essential oil, estragole (iso-anethole), anise aldehyde, anise alcohol, p-methoxy-acetophenone, pinene, limonene, and gamma-himachalane (2%), anethole, Isoanethol, Ansiketon, Anisic acid, Acetaldehyde, Acetylcholine, Azulene, Bergapten, Boron, Camphor, Carvone, Chamazulene, Eugenol, Caffeic acid, Coumarins, Myristicin, Salicylate, Thymol, Umbelliferone, Xanthotoxin, Vitamin C

Collection period

July to August

Used Parts

Seed, fruit, oil, roots and leaves

Uses

The herb is commonly used for an upset stomach, intestinal gas and as an expectorant to increase productive coughing. Sometimes it is identified as a diuretic to increase urine flow and appetite stimulant.

Among lactating women, it is used to increase milk flow and when it comes to menstruation, it is used to treat menstrual pain and discomfort. It also helps to ease childbirth when the time comes and can increase sex drive.

Women use anise to increase milk flow when nursing, start menstruation, treat menstrual discomfort or pain, ease childbirth, and increase sex drive. The use of aniseed is not exclusive to women. Other treatments include seizures, nicotine dependence, asthma, insomnia, and constipation. It is also directly used on scabies, lice, and psoriasis.

  • Antibacterial, ·

  • Antispasmodic, ·

  • Aphrodisiac, ·

  • Asthma, ·

  • Bloating, ·

  • Bronchitis, ·

  • Diuretic, ·

  • Dry Cough, ·

  • Epilepsy ·

  • Expectorant, ·

  • Fatigue, ·

  • Glandular Fever Insomnia, ·

  • Headache, ·

  • Indigestion ·

  • Insect Bites, ·

  • Loss Of Appetite, ·

  • Milk Production, ·

  • Relaxing, ·

  • Stomach Cramps, ·

  • Swallowing, ·

  • Throat Infections, ·

  • Toning, ·

  • Vomiting,

Application

Aniseed contains chemicals that are especially helpful as insecticides.

In food preparation, its distilled version also can be a flavoring agent because of its aromatic taste similar to black licorice. It is a common ingredient in liquors, alcohols and also in dairy products, meats, gelatine, candies and breath fresheners.

In other industries, anise is also used as a fragrance and is applied in soap, perfumes, creams and other beauty products.

Summary

Aniseed is both a fragrant and flavoring ingredient. it has chemical ingredients that act as mild stimulants and have varied use across the food and medicine industries. Almost all of the herb’s parts can be used.

Side Effects

Aniseed is safe for most consumers including children in regulated amounts typically in foods. Allergies are a possibility, they are rare. Although it is advised that consuming aniseed could cause skin reactions to mucous membranes.

References

  • Ageless, the trusted herbal anti-aging site since 1999: Anise (aniseed) Pimpinella anisum http://www.ageless.co.za/herb-anise.htm

  • WebMD, Find a vitamin or supplement: Anise http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-582-ANISE.aspx?activeIngredientId=582&activeIngredientName=ANISE

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