ANISE, Pimpinella anisum


Latin name: Pimpinella anisum

English name: Sweet cumin, Aniseed

Sanskrit name: Shatapuspa

Indian name: Choti saunf, Patli saunf, Saunf, Saumph, Vilayati saunf

Medicinal parts used: Fruits or Seeds

Anise is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native to the eastern Mediterranean region and southwest Asia, is known for its flavour that resembles liquorice, fennel, and tarragon.

It is an herbaceous annual plant growing to 3 ft (0.91 m) tall. The leaves at the base of the plant are simple, 0.5–2 in (1.3–5.1 cm) long and shallowly lobed, while leaves higher on the stems are feathery pinnate, divided into numerous leaves. The flowers are white, approximately 3 mm diameter, produced in dense umbels. The fruit is an oblong dry schizocarp, 3 – 5 mm long. It is the seedpods that are referred to as “aniseed”.

Anise is sweet and very aromatic, distinguished by its licorice-like flavor. It is used in a wide variety of regional and ethnic confectioneries.

Therapeutic use:

  • Anise has been used for centuries as an agent for relief of coughs and colds.
  • Externally, Anise tea can be wrapped in a warm cloth and used as a compress for eye pain.
  • Anise seeds can be chewed in the morning for an all-day mouth freshener.
  • Dropping a few seeds in a glass of warm milk before bed prevents insomnia.
  • Anise is a mild antiparasitic and its leaves can be used to treat digestive problems, relieve toothache, and its essential oil to treat lice and scabies.
  • Anise can be used to relieve menstrual cramps.
  • Anise, like fennel, contains anethole, a phytoestrogen.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Dante Barmer on March 4, 2013 at 4:03 pm

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