Anise is a delicate white-flowered annual that packs a huge punch for use in the health industry.
The beautiful herb is known for its liquorice flavour and is used in many different industries. The primary essential volatile oil that gives it the characteristic sweet, aromatic flavour is anethole. This compound can be found in many cough and bronchitis remedies, for fevers and colds, inflammation of the mouth and pharynx, asthma, dyspepsia and loss of appetite. Anethole also has an estrogenic effect and is often used for nursing mothers to promote breast milk production. The anethole is 13 times sweeter than sugar and has proven with its antibacterial properties to be very effective against Salmonella and Streptococcus.
With its antispasmodic properties it is often used to treat colic, bloating and gas, digestive disorders and flatulence.
Anise is rich in Vit A, Vit B Complex Vitamins and C which helps fight off free radicals that are responsible for early ageing and diabetes. The Vit B6 helps increase GABA neurochemical levels in the brain. With high values of Calcium, iron, copper, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium it is no wonder this little white flowered herb is so potent.
Anise is often also used in remedies for: