One of the earliest identified spices, anise is a therapeutic as well as culinary wonder. Since the very beginning, it has been used in both dry (seeds) and liquid forms (tea or oil). Anise belongs to the group of fennel, cumin, caraway, star anise, and dill. Here are some health benefits of anise, along with tips on how you can use it!
What Is Anise?
Also called aniseed, anise is a perennial plant that’s cultivated all around the globe for its culinary as well as medicinal benefits. It has an aroma like that of licorice, can look like star anise or fennel, and is also called sweet cumin. However, it’s very different from all of these.
Health Benefits Of Anise
- Anise is an excellent aid for digestion and works as an appetite stimulant.
- Anise tea benefits you in sleeping disorders. It works to cure insomnia and keep your mind stress free.
- Thanks to its expectorant and antispasmodic properties, anise can effectively treat asthma, bronchitis, and cough.
- For women, the health benefits of anise are incredible. It helps in the production of breast milk, improve the chances of conceiving, and promotes easy menstruation.
- Anise oil can help treat psoriasis, lice, and scabies.
- Anise helps promote faster metabolism, which eventually aids weight loss.
- Health benefits of anise include a better immune system.
- Anise is an effective spice that helps delay the progression of cataracts.
- Anise inhibits the development of several skin infections and relieves the related discomforts.
- It also works as a mosquito repellant! Take some anise oil and dilute the same in your regular lotion to use this as an effective mosquito repellent.
- One of the best health benefits of anise is improved oral health. Use it as an effective mouthwash and prevent bad breath as well as gum problems.
- Try a gentle infusion of anise seeds in water in place of your regular chemical eyewash.
- Anise treats hiccups in infants and also cures stomach pain.
- Anise oil keeps your heart absolutely healthy and acts as a natural detoxifying agent.
- Having aphrodisiac properties, anise helps improve your sexual drive and even deal with the symptoms of male menopause.
How To Use Anise?
You can use anise in different ways. Mix anise oil in shea butter to prepare your very own facial scrub. Prepare an anise tea to relieve your everyday tensions. Or add it to your meals for that special flair.
Note: Articles on Ayurvedum are solely for the purpose of sharing the goodness of Ayurveda and bringing awareness on natural and healthy living. Please do not substitute it for professional medical advice. Ingredients discussed can interfere with certain medications. So, before using anything to treat yourself, always consult an Ayurveda doctor or practitioner.