Anise aka pimpinella anisum, aniseed, anise oil, semen anisi, sweet cumin

posted Sep 17, 2014, 2:09 PM by Ivy Hunter   [ updated Nov 14, 2014, 12:13 PM ]
The licorice flavored seed and fronds of the plant are so delicious. Use these in salad, or add to cooked vegetables to spice it up. It is best when used to flavor the butter sauce on seafood as a secret ingredient or booster food.

Anise is also known as pimpinella anisum, aniseed, anise oil, semen anisi, sweet cumin and it comes in forms for medicinal use at the store such as dried, essential oils, and tea.

Medicinal Value
The medicinal action of anise is found in the anise oil which is derived from the seeds. The oil contains trans-anethole which is the aromatic compound that you can taste, and smell from the seeds.

Anise is very interesting as it is similar in molecular structure to our own hormones dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine, as well as myristicin which is not found in anise, but anise has a similar structural compound as myristicin which is a mild hallucinogenic. It does not seem to cause hallucinations.

Medicinal use as a tea can treat coughs and colds by soothing the throat. It also helps to sooth the gut in the cases of bloating and gas. It does have mild antibacterial effects against both gram-positive bacteria and gram-negative bacteria and can be used to subdue these bacteria when they are not opportunistic or active, but present in the body.

Using Anise Seed
The best way to prepare the seeds is to take 1 gram of the crushed dried seeds daily, not exceeding 3 grams daily.

Using the Essential Oil

The essential oil is used in very small quantities at 0.2ml three times daily max.

Preparing the tea from anise seed:

The tea can be taken 1 cup once daily by steeping 2 teaspoons of fresh crushed seed in water for 15 minutes then straining. To help relieve gas some take 1 tablespoon of tea several times daily to reduce discomfort.

Don't take Anise medicinally at these doses or higher than these doses if you have seizures, high blood pressure, heart palpation's, pulmonary edema, skin sun sensitivity, vascular disease, or asthma that was brought on by industry. Don't continue medicinal use of any herb for longer than 2 weeks without consulting a holistic nutrition counselor, acupuncturist, naturopath, or specialist in herbs such as Ayurveda medicine.

Anise aka pimpinella anisum is an annual 18 inch plant with white flowers, each plant should be 6 inches apart and planted by seed, then allowed to self-sow the following year. Plant in full sun, fairly dry and medium rich soil types are best.

Other uses: The leaves can be used in salads, seeds as garnish in cakes and cookies. In Holland it was tradition to steep the seeds in hot milk to induce sleep. (NHM 2006, Org Encyclopedia 1941).

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