The seeds of this aromatic plant are used as both medicine and as a cooking spice. Anise comes from Eurasia but is now grown in gardens all over the world.
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|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] Anise has traditionally been used in some cultures to support breast-feeding, although no research has confirmed its effectiveness.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] Expectorant herbs like anise help loosen bronchial secretions and make mucus easier to eliminate.|
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] Anise is used traditionally to promote mucus discharge.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] The active constituents in anise, particularly the terpenoid anethole, give this plant a delightful flavor. As an antispasmodic, it helps in gently relieving spasmodic coughs.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] A combination of anise, ylang ylang, and coconut oils has been shown to be effective against head lice.|
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] Anise is a gas-relieving herb that may be helpful in calming an upset stomach.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] Anise may have modest antiparasitic actions and has been recommended by some practitioners as a treatment for mild intestinal parasite infections.|
Anise has been an important flavoring in European cooking since time immemorial. Its oil has also been used as an anthelmintic—a drug used to remove intestinal parasites—though it is not considered the strongest plant in this regard.1 Anise has also been used for centuries in European herbalism to treat coughs and indigestion.2
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