As the world wakes up to the freshness of nature and natural products, Herbs take on a leading role. Simple everyday foods and herbs have moved out of the kitchen to be an effective, inexpensive and safe part of health care. The time-tested science of Ayurveda uses the goodness of single herbs and different foods to keep your body at its healthiest best. Women Fitness presents a detailed Directory of herbs.
Anise seeds have a very sweet, pronounced licorice
taste and contain a volatile oil, anethol, that aids in the digestion of rich
foods and settles the stomach. Anise stimulates gastric juice production,
relieves nausea, and is
helpful for colic. It regulates digestion, making it useful for both
constipation and diarrhea.
Anise is also helpful for belching, gas, bloating, vomiting, chronic diarrhea, gastrointestinal cramps, and sluggish digestion. It's a mild sedative and is useful for calming stress-related nervousness and relieving insomnia. Anise has anti-spasmodic and anti-fungal properties, and helps prevent fermentation and gas in the stomach and bowels.
Anise is available as small, black, dried seeds from spice shops or the bulk section of health food stores, and can be easily brewed into tea. Lightly crushing the seeds before brewing them with hot water will increase their strength. Whole anise seeds can also be chewed.
Generally considered safe but may have effects common to estrogenics such as headache, blood clotting, breast cancer.
Note: Japanese Star Anise is not the same herb -- it is poisonous.
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