Culinary Notes:With a fragrant licorice-like flavour, Aniseed seeds can be used whole or ground for both sweet or savoury dishes. Its anise flavour means it can be used in place of Star Anise and vice versa.
Health benefits:Health benefits of aniseed include:
- The essential oils present in aniseed make it an ideal cure for flatulence and to remove phlegm and catarrh in the bronchial passageways.
- Boil water and add a teaspoon of aniseed to it. Leave this to infuse overnight. Strain and drink first thing in the morning with a little bit of honey. This cures indigestion and stomach pain.
- Aniseed causes the body to perspire more and encourages urination thereby helping the body to detoxify by eliminating waste.
- When taken twice a day (morning and night) over a sustained period of time, aniseed powder can reduce cataract in the eyes.
- The expectorant property of this herbs helps relieve asthma symptoms.
- Aniseed tea made by boiling water and steeping aniseed in it is an excellent cure for insomnia. To make it more palatable, you can add either honey or hot milk. Have this before going to bed for a sound night's sleep.
- The fungicidal properties of aniseed can help get rid of and prevent head lice.
- The anethole present in aniseed essential oil improves the production of breast milk.
- Aniseed can also be used as a mouth freshener.