Anise or aniseed are delightfully fragrant due to their high concentration of anethole, an essential oil. The seeds are an excellent source of minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium, manganese zinc, potassium and copper. These minerals are essential to cardiac, bone and blood health and are needed by the body to turn food into energy. The B-complex vitamins found in aniseed are essential to overall health. Loaded with riboflavin, pyridoxine, niacin and thiamin, the seeds can contribute to healthy levels of neuro-chemicals in the brain.
The seeds and the oil they produce contain thymol, terpineol and anethole, which can be used to treat pectoral affections and coughs. When used as a lozenge, aniseed is an effective expectorant. Drinking a tea made from the seeds helps to sooth bronchial irritation, sufferers of spasmodic asthma and can also improve digestion, alleviate cramps, reduce nausea and relieves anxiety.
Drops of aniseed oil may be used in a vaporizer to clear congestion and soothe coughing. Gargling with a tea made of the seeds can also provide relief for sore throat, laryngitis or pharyngitis. The seeds have also been used to reduce flatulence, cure sleeplessness, aid nursing mothers with the production of milk and to stimulate appetite.
A paste made from the seeds may be applied to the forehead, neck or temples to relieve headaches and migraines and or be used to treat lice and scabies. Some components are known to have calming effects that can relieve anxiety and nervousness. These include thymol, stigmaterol, linalol, terpineol, alpha-pineno and eugenol. Anise has aphrodisiac properties. Drinking one glass of water infused with the crushed seeds each night can increase libido.
WARNING: It is recommended to consult a healthcare professional before usage.