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Anise (Pimpinella anisum)

 

Anise seed is an aromatic spice, which in the olden days was usually added to other, more foul tasting remedies to disguise their flavor.
However, it also has some beneficial effects of its own. Anise seed is rich in volatile oils, which stimulate the appetite and 'warm' the stomach.
They are demulcent, carminative, sedative and stimulate the flow of gall.
They reduce stomach cramps, griping, colic and wind.
Anise seed is a useful addition to herbal mixtures for lung problems, coughs and bronchial catarrh, as it is anti-catarrhal and helps to break up the phlegm (dry coughs).
It is an old home remedy for hiccups and also stimulates lactation.

 


 
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