Anise (Pimpinella anisum) is a flowering plant, native to Egypt but cultivated widely for its aromatic seeds and oil. I know that 5 Benefits of… column is dedicated to fruits and vegetables, but today I’m going to do an exception.
Anise has great therapeutic properties that I know you’re going to find them useful in this period of the year when you probably eat more than ever.
1. Improved Digestion
Aniseeds are great digestive remedies for infants as well as adults. They can ease intestinal colic and flatulence in infants while work very well to battle indigestion, nausea, bloating and abdominal cramps in adults.
2. Great for Mothers
Anise seeds are often used by breastfeeding mothers due to their phytoestrogenic property. Diantheole and photoantheole are the compounds believed to be responsible for this action.
3. Antiseptic and antispasmodic properties
Anise oil has antiseptic and antispasmodic properties which make it an excellent wound healer and pain killer due to the presence of various compounds like estragol, p-anisaldehyde, anise alcohol, acetophenone, pinene and limonene.
4. Oral Hygiene
These tiny seeds are mouth friendly as they can prevent halitosis (bad breath). Anise tea will make an excellent mouth wash as it has antimicrobial properties and can prevent oral and are also known for their antibacterial properties and can prevent oral inflammation.
5. Used in Aromatherapy
Anise essential oil has anti-spasmodic, cardiac, diuretic, expectorant and stimulant properties. It is used in aromatheraphy to help with anxiety, depression, menopausal problems, coughs and bronchitis.
Warning! Anise might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don’t use anise.