Anise Health Benefits, Nutrition and Herb Facts

Health Benefits of Eating Anise Herb

  • Anise is full of medicinal properties. Different time saw anise herb being used for different reasons. For example, during the 7th century, anise herb was adopted as a solution for healing coughs and the Romans applied it to manage bad breath. During the 16th century, because of its feathery look, it had been used frequently as bait to capture mice. Because of its reputation, anise was categorized as a taxable medicine during the 14th century.
  • Even now, anise is a commonly used natural herb. It is specifically famous for its digestive attributes. Anise seeds are taken after meals to help digestion. When crushed and put into tea, it boosts the taste, and also functions as a digestive to relieve flatulence.
  • Anise, because of its antimicrobial benefits, can be found in many non-prescription remedies. The anise oil obtained from anise seeds is an expectorant as it eliminates congestion by taking care of the secretary cells of the respiratory system.
  • Anise is an antibacterial and antioxidant agent. It relieves irritations, disinfects, and helps with the restorative healing of our skin.
  • Anise is another favorite culinary herb currently in use broadly in dishes and liqueurs. Furthermore, because of its fresh fragrance, it is usually adopted as an natural scent in aromatherapy. Also, anise is included in dental products such as mouthwash and toothpaste so they can improve their flavor as well as effectiveness.
  • During the olden days, the Romans normally used anise to produce scented soaps and oils. Also, the custom of wedding cakes definitely can be related to the Roman era where anise cake and tea were served after having a wedding feast. 

Overview and Facts about Anise Herb

Anise Herb or Aniseed and Its Health BenefitsAnise or aniseed (scientific name Pimpinella anisum) is an herb that belongs to Apiaceae family, just like fennel. Caraway, cumin and dill are also come from the same family.

Licorice, another type of herb, carries the same flavor but it is actually a totally different plant that belongs to a different family. Moreover, as aniseed oil is usually used to boost the taste of licorice candy, differentiating their flavors can be hard.

Even though star anise carries the same name and has the same unique aromatic substance, anethole, as anise, the former belongs to the Illiciaceae family that is unrelated.

Like some other members in the family, anise can grow to 45 to 120 cm tall with feathery green leaves. Its flowers are white in color, and the fruit, which resembles ribbed seeds, is greenish-brown or grey-green when ripe.

The plant's stems, which contain the same taste as the seeds, are consumed as a vegetable. Meanwhile, the seeds are usually used in cookies (e.g. German springerle and Italian biscotti), in bread, as well as in sausage. In addition, Anise seeds can also be included as a flavoring in hoisin and curry. Anise oil is commonly used in many liqueurs such as ouzo, anisette, and liquor absinthe. Besides, the oil may also be found in toothpaste, cough syrups, chewing gum, and soap.

Anise Nutrition Facts and Calories

Nutritional Value of 1 tablespoon (6 g) Anise Seeds
Calories 9 kcal
Total Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 1 mg
Total Carbohydrates 3 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 1 g


Anise Recipe

Anise Tea

Make: 1 cup

1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon dried anise herb leaves
1 teaspoon honey

In the hot water, steep the anise leaves for 5 minutes. Strain the leaves out, then add in the honey and serve. 

Anise Side Effects

Anise is safe for many including small children in the quantities commonly present in foods. Furthermore, it is apparently safe when put on the scalp along with some other herbs. There is no sufficient data available to determine if anise remains safe and secure to take orally in medicinal quantities.

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