Botanical Name: Pimpinella anisum
- English: Aniseed
- aka: Anys, Pa chio, Anis wert, Anis, Yan kok, Anice werde, Erva- doce
Habitat: Native of Egypt, Greece, and Asia
Parts Used: Seeds
The small dry fruits refer to as “Anise seed,” are grayish brown in color, 3-6 mm long and have the sweet and aromatic smell. Annual herb growing to a height of about 0.6 meter. Anise has a long history as medicinal herb in ancient Greece and as a culinary spice used by the Romans, Arabs, and British since the middle ages. Greece and Egypt cultivated since 2000 BC.
Anise is still an important crop, grown commercially in India, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and other countries.
The cultivated plant attains a considerably large size than the wild one. On the continent, especially in Germany, many cakes have an anise seed flavoring. Anise is also used as flavoring for soups.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herb to any super food herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herb with honey or glycerin to make paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, gives you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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