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Aniseed, Anise Seeds

Other Names: Aniseed, Anise, Anise Seeds, Anis, Sweet Fennel, Sweet Cumin, Common Anise, Green Anise, Roman Fennel, Sweet Alice, Pimpinella Anisum,
Traditional Usages: Flavouring, Coughs, Colds, Bronchitis, Fevers, Loss of Appetite, Asthma, Whooping Cough, Chest Infections, Infant Catarrh, Adult Digestion, Flatulence, Convulsions, Breath Freshener, Repiratory Ailments, Poison Antidote, Tea for Morning Sickness, Menopausal Symptoms, Menstrual Cramps, Eyewash, Scabies and Body Lice infestations, Aphrodisiac, Laxative
Resources: Mediterranean Region, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Crete, Central Asia, Europe, North Africa, Japan, India, China, Central and South America
Parts Used: Fruit, Seed, Essential Oil
Administration Method: Fragmented particles of Aniseed for infusions, Herb preparations for internal use or for inhalation,  
Possible Side Effects:  Occasional allergic reactions of skin, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. (Source: ABC).
Herb Actions: Expectorant, Mildly Antispasmodic, Antibacterial
Herbal Research: Aniseed
Health Warning: Avoid during Pregnancy. Do not take Aniseed Essential Oil, except under professional medical supervision.

Aniseed - Herbal remedy for Indigestion: Aniseed is also known as Anise Seed. Eat half a tablespoon of aniseeds to ease digestion. 

Aniseed - Herbal remedy for Vomiting: The use of aniseed is beneficial in the treatment of indigestion. Aniseed is also known as Anise Seed.  An infusion can be prepared by mixing a teaspoon of aniseed in a cup of boiling water and leaving it covered overnight. Strain and take it with a teaspoon of honey. 

Anise Seeds - Herbal remedy for Halitosis: Anise seeds are known as a home remedy for bad breath. Also known as aniseed, anise seed has a sweet licorice taste that is pleasing to most people. This variety of anise should not be confused with star anise which has entirely different medicinal properties. It is considered to be an antiseptic efficient at removing the bacteria that cause halitosis. Chew a handful of seeds after each meal or when bad breath occurs.
Health Warning:  Anise seeds should not be used by pregnant women, as the oils contain a chemical called anethole which has an effect on estrogen. A rise in estrogen levels may lead to complications.

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