Green Anise is the carminative plant par excellence. It is used in cases of difficult digestion and digestive spasms. It is consumed to relieve infant colic, coughs and bronchitis. In women, it can be used against painful periods or to stimulate breastfeeding. Latin name: Pimpinella anisum L. Part used: seeds.

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In case of' Aerophagia, bloating, flatulence

Consume preferably after meal(s).

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour the equivalent of 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of seeds, or 1.5 to 3 g per cup of hot water. Leave to infuse covered for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 3 cups per day. Leave to cool or cool. Give 1 dose per day.

In decoction

Pour 1 tablespoon of seeds into 1 L of cold water. Boil for 5 minutes then leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Drink 3 cups per day.

Plants often associated

In case of' Difficult breastfeeding

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour the equivalent of 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of seeds, or 1.5 to 3 g per cup of hot water. Leave to infuse covered for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 3 cups per day. Leave to cool or cool. Give 1 dose per day.

Plants often associated

Fennel, Nettle, Cumin, Hop, Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle

In case of Dyspepsia, Difficult digestion, Digestive disorders, Digestive spasms

Consume preferably after meal(s), during digestion.

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour the equivalent of 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of seeds, or 1.5 to 3 g per cup of hot water. Leave to infuse covered for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 3 cups per day. Leave to cool or cool. Give 1 dose per day.

In decoction

Pour 1 tablespoon of seeds into 1 L of cold water. Boil for 5 minutes then leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Drink 3 cups per day.

Plants often associated

Yarrow, Dill, Matricaria Chamomile, Caraway, Coriander, Fennel, Marjoram, Star anise, Chervil, Cumin

In case of Colic

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour the equivalent of 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of seeds, or 1.5 to 3 g per cup of hot water. Leave to infuse covered for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 3 cups per day. Leave to cool or cool. Give 1 dose per day.

In decoction

Pour 1 tablespoon of seeds into 1 L of cold water. Boil for 5 minutes then leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Drink 3 cups per day.

Plants often associated

In case of Constipation

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour the equivalent of 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of seeds, or 1.5 to 3 g per cup of hot water. Leave to infuse covered for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 3 cups per day. Leave to cool or cool. Give 1 dose per day.

In decoction

Pour 1 tablespoon of seeds into 1 L of cold water. Boil for 5 minutes then leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Drink 3 cups per day.

Plants often associated

Borage, Pepper mint, Marshmallow, Mauve, Licorice, Bourdaine

In case of Bronchitis

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour the equivalent of 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of seeds, or 1.5 to 3 g per cup of hot water. Leave to infuse covered for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 3 cups per day. Leave to cool or cool. Give 1 dose per day.

In decoction

Pour 1 tablespoon of seeds into 1 L of cold water. Boil for 5 minutes then leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Drink 3 cups per day.

Plants often associated

In case of Painful periods

Use 2 to 3 days before the expected period date and the first two days.

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour the equivalent of 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of seeds, or 1.5 to 3 g per cup of hot water. Leave to infuse covered for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 3 cups per day. Leave to cool or cool. Give 1 dose per day.

In decoction

Pour 1 tablespoon of seeds into 1 L of cold water. Boil for 5 minutes then leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Drink 3 cups per day.

Properties and active components

Properties

  • antispasmodic (trans-anethole)
  • carminative
  • expectorant (trans-anethole, flavonoids)
  • anti-infectives (trans-anethol, estragol)
  • stomachic
  • sedative (trans-anethole)
  • galactogogue

Active components

  • Essential oils: trans-anethol, thujone, estragol
  • Phenol acids and phenolic derivatives
  • Flavonoic glycosides

Precautions for use

  • Not recommended for people allergic to anethole.
  • The essential oil contained in the fruit is composed of an estrogen-like molecule, so it is recommended to seek medical advice in the event of a hormone-dependent illness.
  • For pregnant women and infants, only consume Green Anise in the form of an infusion and respect the recommended doses.
  • For infants, limit the quantity to 5 seeds in 30 to 50 mL of water for 10 minutes of infusion.

Botanical

Green anise belongs to the family of Apiaceae. Native to the eastern countries of the Mediterranean basin and North Africa, it is not found almost only in the cultivated state. This plant is mainly produced by Southern European countries, Turkey and also Asia. Green anise requires mild climate rather Mediterranean to be cultivated. 

Its cylindrical and ribbed stem bears alternate leaves. The most leaves lower are rounded and undivided, the following have 3 oval heart-shaped leaflets, the medium ones have 3 to 5 leaflets narrowed into a corner, the superior are divided in the form of several narrow strips.

Green Anise reaches 30 to 50 cm and offers white flowers arranged in sparse umbels in July and August. The fruits are ovoid in shape and hairy like the rest of the plant, and are harvested in autumn.

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