The health benefits of Anise tea as a remedy have been recognized in the annals of folk medicine for centuries.
Anise is a member of the family of plants that includes carrots, caraway, cumin, dill, fennel, and cilantro. Anise is also known as aniseed, pimpinel seed, and sweet cumin. Its latin name is pimpinella anisum.
Anise’s sweet and strong fragrance and its essential oil are due to to trans-anethole, making up to 90% of the oil. Other components of the taste and smell of anise include estragol (iso-anethole), anise aldehyde, anise alcohol, p-methoxy-acetophenone, pinene, limonene, and gamma-himachalene (2%).
Due to the strong flavor of anise, it has been used to give licorice candy its flavor. Anise seeds can also be steeped in boiling water at home to produce a natural mouthwash; many mouthwashes and toothpastes sold in natural foods stores also contain anise.
To extract the antiseptic and antispasmodic beneficial essences of anise, anise tea can be made by steeping 2 teaspoons of crushed anise seeds in 1 cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes.
In some sensitive individuals, anise can cause inflammatory skin conditions, including rosacea and acne. Large doses of anise can also act as a narcotic in the system. So anise tea is best taken in moderation.
Anise Tea benefits for the health include the following:
- Makes an excellent expectorant as it helps loosen phlegm in the throat and lungs.
- May help in the overall treatment of such respiratory ailments as colds, pneumonia, bronchitis and sinusitis.
- May help enhance the supply of mother’s milk.
- May help in the treatment of colic.
- May be effective in the treatment of an upset stomach and may reduce flatulence.
- May help in getting rid of hiccups.