Anise comes from areas of the Middle East and above all green anise, it has found its proliferation even in Italian areas but it is not the only variety of anise because there is also star anise and peppered anise.
All the varieties of anise are highly involved in the preparation of confectionery products but also pharmaceuticals, in fact there are countless recipes for using anise that has fundamental therapeutic virtues.
The use is very ancient in fact already the ancient Romans, they used anise to flavor rabbit, chicken and pork meats.
In Scandinavia, on the other hand, the function of the anise was different because it was used to flavor cheese or some vegetable dishes. Over the years, the use of anise has become so footy, that today it is possible to find multiple confectionery products that include this flavoring essence.
The use of anise in herbal medicine
The use of anise in the Pharmacopoeia dates back to the times of the ancient Greeks and the Romans who used the plant to fight different types of disorders but the recurrent use was that which involved the digestive tract however, it was also used as a remedy for the persistent cough.
Eastern scholars put the anise plant in first place, as a very effective and curative remedy for cancer, but this thesis has never been confirmed or confirmed by the international Pharmacopoeia, despite this, research in this direction is continuing.
In any case, the anise is still used in the form of herbal tea, to combat those inflammatory processes that occur in the digestive and intestinal tract, due to fermentation and its analgesic action, is truly remarkable.
It should also be emphasized that anise, soothes vomiting and fluteness especially when combined with other medicinal herbs that have the same virtues as fennel.
In herbal medicine, there are many products that can be found.
From the green anise, a plant native to Egypt, an important essential oil is obtained whose main component is the trans-anethole.
This oil is used externally, mainly for the treatment of bronchitis or even severe cooling states that involve secretions.
But the green anise also has properties such as carminative, stomachic, spasmolytic, balsamic, secretolytic and galactogogic and it is found in herbal medicine or in health stores, in the form of pre-packaged sachets that contain the essential principles of the plant such as dianetol and photoanetol.
These principles are also found in capsules and apparently are also very useful for menopausal disorders and for those suffering from prostate disorders.
Other extremely important products are toothpastes that have the power to deodorize heavy breath.
However, these products should be used with extreme caution and under strict medical supervision because they could counteract those drugs of traditional medicine and there is a risk of bleeding in those subjects who are given antiplatelet or anticoagulant therapies.
How to use products containing anise
Like all officinal herbs, anise must also be used correctly in whatever form it is.
The doses usually recommended by the herbalist, are just 1 gram for 150 grams of boiling water.
This infusion should be drunk lukewarm and sweetened if desired, three times a day.
The mother tincture, on the other hand, must be used in the quantity of 30 drops diluted in water three times a day while the extract is taken in the quantity of 10 drops three times a day.
Needless to say, the doses must be respected because toxicity problems could arise for the central nervous system due to the high concentration of Anethole, which is found in the various preparations. However, anise is not recommended for women who are breastfeeding, it has galactogogic properties that stimulate the production of breast milk.
For serious pathologies, it is preferable to use the mother tincture and extracts for a simple reason and that is because with herbal teas, it is not possible to establish exactly, the administration of the active ingredients and therefore the risk of a phytotherapeutic failure could occur.
There are herbal teas that contain a small amount of anise because they are associated with other types of medicinal herbs. We find for example some active ingredients, in laxative teas, in those for high cholesterol and triglycerides and in those suitable for allergic rhinitis.
Products with anise: Some curiosity about the anise plant
To make people understand how important this medicinal plant is, it is necessary to go back in time and in particular, to the year 1558 when, the explorer Sir Thomas Cavendish, brought a star anise plant that he had collected during one of his explorations. The plant was brought to London and was the subject of several studies by scientists of the time who began to understand its therapeutic virtues.
In a short time, the anise plant came into the hands of the court pharmacist Hugo Morgan who, together with a group of scholars, analyzed the plant and verified its powerful benefits. In 1601, a very detailed analytical treatise was born on the properties of the plant.