Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Herbal Health Benefits of Little Anise

Over the years, the use of herbal remedies is gradually increased as they are free from chemicals and artificial substances. Anise, also called aniseed is a miracle herb as it contains many medicinal properties like carminative, expectorant, anti septic, decongestant, digestive, sedative, stimulant and antispasmodic. Pimpinella anisum is the scientific name for anise and it belongs to the Apiaceae family. Other common names of the anise seeds are sweet cumin, common anise, hua-hsian, etc. Anise seeds are well-known for its flavor, which resembles to fennel, liquorice and tarragon. Anise is a Mediterranean herb with lots of herbal benefits; all are attributed to its medicinal properties.

Herbal Health Benefits of Little Anise

Anise is also a very popular culinary herb, which is widely used in cooking. However, kitchen is the not only place where you can find Anise. The Anise oil is also used in chewing gum, toothpaste, cough syrups, baked goods, beverages, soap, and among other things due to its flavor enhancing properties. Anise seeds are grayish brown colored seed with an oval shape. The seeds feature delicate sweet aroma, which is mainly due to the presence of anethole in them.

Nutrition in Anise Seeds
  • Excellent source of many important B-complex vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine, riboflavin, and thiamin
  • Good source of anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A and vitamin-C
  • Contains minerals such as calcium, manganese, copper, iron, potassium, zinc and magnesium
  • Anethole as the main constituent, gives sweet, aromatic flavor

Little Anise - Herbal Health Benefits

Improves digestion

Anise herb is highly beneficial for the digestive system. As it improves digestive functions, it is great remedy for the digestive disorders. It provides treatment to every digestive sickness as well as offers surety for well preserved process of the digestive system. It is effective in vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas problem, spasmodic flatulence and gastritis. It also acts as appetite stimulant.


Anise seeds improve respiratory health. They have mild expectorant property so they are frequently used in lozenges and cough mixtures. Also, Anise oil helps to slacken phlegm in the lungs and throat. It is also beneficial in treatment of common cold, Asthma, bronchitis, influenza, pneumonia, and sinusitis.

Baby’s health

For the babies, anise seeds are much helpful as it offers the best treatment for different digestive illness of babies. It cures the small abdominal pain in baby as well as it is helpful to cure hiccups, a loud noise formed in the throat by a sudden uncontrollable tightening of a muscle.
Stimulates Pancreas

For the regulation of the insulin and some hormones, pancreas is an important organ. Anise seeds help to stimulate the pancreas. You have reduced risk for diabetes and other hormonal problems when your pancreas is in good health.

Oral health

Due to its antibacterial and anti-microbial properties, anise seeds can fight oral infections and bad breath. With the help of anise seeds, you can prepare an effective mouthwash. It is good decision to make your oral health fit with anise seeds. Mild infusion of these seeds also makes good eyewash.


Anise seeds are believed to increase libido, and ease symptoms of male climacteric. Traditionally, Anise has been regarded as an aphrodisiac. Greeks were using anise seeds to help enhance romance for lovers. Some researches have also shown that anise really does increase attraction among people.

Stimulates Lactation

An active constituent of the anise seed, anethole is believed to increase prolactin levels in nursing mothers and stimulate milk production.

Sleep-Inducing (Soporific)

In addition to all the above-mentioned functions, anise seeds can also help to treat a bout of insomnia. As it relaxes the whole body, it prepares us for a restful night of sleep. By including anise seeds in your diet, you will be able to start enjoying your dreams again. In case of insomnia, tea or decoction prepared from aniseed is given.

Other benefits:
  • Helps to relieve menstrual cramps and to induce menstruation
  • Used in treatment of scabies
  • Helpful in treatment of cardiovascular functions, impotence and frigidity
  • Acts as an insecticide against small insects such as head lice, vermin and mites
  • Pregnant woman should avoid the use of anise seeds.
  • Be aware that anise seeds may cause weight gain from water and salt retention.
  • Pure anise oil may be toxic so don’t ingest it except under a health care practitioner's supervision.
  • Use this herb carefully if you are susceptible to contact dermatitis or hypersensitivity reactions.


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