Anise tea has been recognized as a folk remedy for centuries. Anise is a member of the family of plants that includes carrots caraway cumin dill fennel and cilantro. Anise is also known as aniseed pimpinel seed and sweet cumin. Its Latin name is pimpinella anisum.
Due to the strong flavour of anise it has been used to give liquorice candy its flavour. Anise seeds can also be steeped in boiling water at home to produce a natural mouthwash; many mouthwashes and toothpastes sold in natural foods stores also contain anise.
To extract the antiseptic and antispasmodic beneficial essences of anise anise tea can be made by steeping 2 teaspoons of crushed anise seeds in 1 cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes.
In some sensitive individuals anise can cause inflammatory skin conditions including rosacea and acne. Large doses of anise can also act as a narcotic in the system. So anise tea is best taken in moderation. Anise Tea benefits for the health include the following:
- Anise Tea makes an excellent expectorant as it helps loosen phlegm in the throat and lungs.
- Anise Tea may help in the overall treatment of such respiratory ailments as colds pneumonia bronchitis and sinusitis.
- Anise Tea may help enhance the supply of mother’s milk.
- Anise Tea may help in the treatment of colic.
- Anise Tea may be effective in the treatment of an upset stomach and may reduce flatulence.
- Anise Tea may help in getting rid of hiccups.