Mathioli about him says "Pharmacists coated anise seed, like walnut dill, cumin, coriander and other similar, sugar, and it shall Konfekt is good for those who throw bastion of ..."
The original homeland of anise is warmer southern Europe and Asia. This plant belongs to the same family along with cumin, fennel and dill. It is an annual plant that loves sun and warmer habitats. White flowers and fruits - dvojnažky - are harvested in early autumn, early in their maturation, and sestřižením the umbel and the dosušují. Seeds after drying softening separated from the stem and store in a bag or closed container in a dry place.
Anise is an herb that smells, heals and relaxes
Mathioli in his extensive herbarium nicely captures the famous anise effects as follows: "Pharmacists coated anise seed, like walnut dill, cumin, coriander and other similar, sugar, and it shall Konfekt is good for those who throws the bastion that is, people with smelly breath, and who are not well-SP and you. "
Both effects - as aromatizuj c í í, so soothing - are typical anise. It has a sweet-spicy flavor and for its strong aromatic properties are used as a spice in food, an ingredient for the manufacture of perfumes, to adjust the taste and smell of drugs and as ingredients for confectionery and alcoholic beverages (anisette, absinthe , etc.). She is also sometimes added to incense, scented sachets and pot pourri , great importance is also in aromatherapy, where it obtains essential oil with many healing properties. Seeds of anise previously commonly chewed to improve breathing, as already indicated above cited Mathioli, the extract can be found today in some dentifrices or toothpastes on teeth.
Is prepared from the seeds of tea or briefly boiled in milk. Out of the following events with this drink is served eg. Those suffering from insomnia, has a calming and relaxing effect. As are oils released into the air from the ethereal oil is added to aromatic lamps.
Cure cough and colds
The aforementioned tea or decoction with milk, but for generations are also used for the treatment of respiratory diseases. Contained substances is established dissolve secretions, cough assist and relieve nasal cavity. Even with the use of aromatherapy essential oils we prove a similar service. Therapeutic effect of anise is also in the fight against colds and infectious diseases strengthened antibiotic properties, is mainly active against certain types of bacteria.
Anise seed is suitable for treating respiratory diseases as well as for children, because it is an herb with very gentle action.
Anise improves digestion, prevents bloating and stimulates lactation
Just like fennel , anise and has a very positive effect on our digestion. stimulates the whole digestive process, improves appetite, prevents flatulence and relieves spasms in the digestive tract. Its antiseptic and antibacterial effect is also good prevention of infectious diseases of the digestive system, it can be used also for example in food poisoning, or for diarrhea and colic.
Anise tea is recommended that breastfeeding women, it supports breast milk production. Before he even attributed to slightly aphrodisiac effects as inhalation aniseed essential oils and in internal use. In old herbals states that Anise seed promotes and improves fertility in men, even today, but it is uncertain to what extent this is true.
Recipe for anise tea / infusion: 2 teaspoons of seeds (preferably slightly podrcených) per cup of boiling water and let stand for 10-15 minutes, drain, we use if needed, but most 3 times a day
Recipe for anise tea / decoction: 2 tablespoons to 0.5 liters of water, simmer 10 minutes, drain (after drink cups during the day)
- Decoction has a stronger effect than infusion, 0.5 liters, as the daily dose will suffice
used in literature:
Encyclopedia of herbs and spices, Mathioli - Herbarium or herbalist
The author Anise cures coughs, soothes and improves digestion: Michaela Vorlová