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Anise – Pimpinella Anisum

One of the most aromatic herbs with important healing properties, is anise, known from our previous articles, for its aphrodisiac action, the help it offers during breastfeeding and the relaxation it offers in times of melancholy, intense stress and insomnia. There are many more healing properties that it is important to know about such a widespread herb as anise!

Note here that anise has no affinity with star anise, two different spices whose origin is different but not so much the taste and the main ingredients.

With the most important action the balance of the digestive system, anise relieves stomach pain, while it is considered one of the most important herbs for treating indigestion. Prefer anise in cases of nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, gastritis. It is a good appetizer, so it helps in cases of anorexia and is a good antispasmodic.

Ideal for colds and especially productive cough, anise tea has mild expectorant properties, improving respiratory function and releasing the airway. In difficult cases, anise oil helps significantly to remove phlegm and mucus from the lungs and bronchi. As a result, it is indicated in cases of pneumonia, bronchitis, influenza and sinusitis.

You will find anise in many herbal toothpastes and many mouthwashes, as it promotes the health of the oral cavity. It is a natural antiseptic and antimicrobial, fighting caries, gingivitis and bad breath.

In relation to the heart, anise is also particularly beneficial, as it maintains blood pressure at normal levels, while the oil lowers blood pressure levels, beneficial for hypertension. It is best avoided in cases of hypotension. It supports the healthy function of the heart, detoxifies the blood and protects against thrombosis due to its anticoagulant action.

It acts as a natural hormone regulator, making it ideal for a healthy sex life in men and women, activates the metabolism as a tonic, thus eliminating toxins, regulating the irregular menstrual cycle due to phytoestrogens and reducing the symptoms of menopause. It also stimulates the pancreas, an important organ for maintaining insulin and hormones at normal levels.

In children and infants you can use anise to deal with annoying lice, clean your baby’s nose, treat colic, stomachache and hiccups and of course offer more breast milk as it is lactogenic.

Individual properties are the effective treatment of cataracts and the prevention of epileptic and hysterical seizures.
The usefulness of anise is not limited to cooking, confectionery and beverage but is on many levels beneficial to the body.
Caution! Consumption is prohibited during pregnancy. Anise oil should only be consumed under a doctor’s supervision. Do not consume it if you have allergies, but keep in mind that regular consumption can cause fluid retention.

Read more about the cosmetic uses of anise and the nutritional value of anise!

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