• Aniseed - bad breath, carminative,anys

Aniseed is one of the oldest cultivated spices enjoyed by the early Egyptians, Greeks and especially the Romans who used it to flavour food as well as small after-dinner cakes (to help with digestion).

Pliny wrote that aniseed not only improved one's breath, but made one's face look younger. If an anise plant was hung over one's bed, it would even prevent bad dreams. It was one of the world's earliest perfumes and smelling salts.

Ancient Greeks used it to prevent seizures.


antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, diuretic, expectorant, galactagogue, stimulant, stomachic.

Medicinal uses:

Anise is a carminative and an expectorant. It is also a good source of iron.

One tablespoon of anise seeds sprinkled on cookies, bread or cake provides 16% of the RDA for a woman and 24% of the RDA for a man.

A 1990 study tested the effect of certain beverage extracts on the absorption of iron. The results showed that anise was the most effective of the extracts tested in promoting iron absorption. The authors recommended offering this as a preventive agent to iron deficiency anemia.

To make a carminative tea that may relieve intestinal gas, crush 1 teaspoon of anise seeds per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10-20 minutes and strain. Drink up to 3 cups a day.

In a tincture, take ½ to 1 teaspoon up to three times a day. Diluted anise infusions may be given cautiously to infants to treat colic. For older children and people over 65, begin with lowstrength preparations and increase strength if necessary. Some people simply chew the anise seeds.

Aniseed - bad breath, carminative,anys

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