Anise, the annual herb of the family of parsley is chiefly grown for its fruit, which is called the aniseed. It resembles the licorice. This herbal plant grows up to 2.5feet tall with long stalked basal leaves combined with short stalked stem leaves. It has feathery leaves and blooms small and yellowish white flowers. The flowers are produced in dense umbels. The fruit and the seed are used as herbal medicines. The seed is ovoid in shape and brown in color.
Anise belongs to the family name Apiaceae, botanical name Pimpinella anisum. The other names include Aniseed and Hua-Hsain. It is also called Anis, and is termed as an herbaceous annual plant.
This herb is primitively a native to Egypt and the east of the Mediterranean region. It is also found in the south of Europe, Russia, North Africa and Middle East. It grows very well in fertile lands that are well drained. The seeds are planted in spring as these have taproots.
The ripe and dried fruits and seeds may be used. It has a sweet and warm smell. It has estrogenic effects and so it is generally treated as an aphrodisiac.
The uses of this herb are:
Anise herbal tea is usually brewed from the fruit once it is powdered. The anethole present in the herb contains some expectorant qualities. The carminative properties help in settling the digestive track. It is also proved to be a good source of lactation for the nursing mothers. The estrogen can be regulated and hence it gives great relief to women facing menopausal problems.
This herb contains a lot of medicinal properties. It is a safe herb to use but due to its estrogen reactions, it is better not to use them when pregnant. This herb should also be avoided when suffering from estrogen dependant cancers or any endometriosis problems.