Anise - Pimpinella Anisum

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This Anise (Pimpinella anisum) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

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Anise - Pimpinella anisum (in the Apiaceae or Parsley family)

Parts used: Ripe seeds.

Taste/smell: Sweet, aromatic.

Tendencies: Warming.

Dosage: Infusion:1 heaping teaspoon of coarsely powdered herb per cup of water; or 1:3 dry plant liquid extract: 10-40 drops 1-4 times per day in a little water.

Use: (a) Carminative, (b) Flavoring agent, (c) Expectorant, (d) Mild antispasmodic, (e) Lactagogue.

Due to its actions and great taste, it is commonly used for children's complaints. Anise is used for coughs, asthma, bronchitis and a digestive aid.

Think of Anise as an herb that increases overall secretions, such as milk flow, urine, sweating, and menstruation.

Contraindications: It is contraindicated in pregnancy unless used under the guidance of a trained professional.

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