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Anise (Pimpinella anisum L.) for sore throat

Updated on February 14, 2012
Anise seeds, ready to gather
Anise seeds, ready to gather | Source

Anise is one rarely used herb, that noone knows as herb.

Most of the people use Anise as spice for cooking. But it is also very good to fight headache, sore throat, insomnia and hickups ;)

Anise extracts has Etheric oil named Anethol, which is widely used as aroma agent for cookies and some alcohol beverages such as French Pastis, Greek Ouzo, Bulgarian Mastika and Arab Arak. Those beverages SURPRISINGLY are also very good for sore throat and insomnia.

Anethol in Anise also helps to cough out phlegm from your throat, helps digestion, and is mild pain reliever.

Caraway, Anise, Cumin and Fennel seeds all look the same.
Caraway, Anise, Cumin and Fennel seeds all look the same. | Source

How to prepare Anise tea?

1 tea spoon of Anise seeds are crushed with wooden or porcelain mortar and pestle. No iron pestle can be used. If you don't have wooden mortar put the seeds between 2 pieces of paper and crush them with a spoon.

The crushed seeds are put in a tea pot and poured over with 0.5 litres (~1 pint) of boiling water. Close the tea pot with the lid and leave it for 1 hour.

The beverage is filtered through strainer or piece of fabric to get the seeds removed and is taken cooled 1-2 times a day.

Better sleep and softer or no headaches will be observed after few days.

If you prepare more Anise tea and you don't want to drink it, the infusion can be used to treat swelling. Soak a towel in the tea and put it over the swelling. It will help to subside it.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Sunshine - you are too funny lol

      I did want to add another benefit of anise. It is expressed by many herbalist and naturalist to use as a soap or facial toner. It is said to lighten dark spots and even skin tone. Take it from someone who has battled freckles and hyperpigmentation - I've researched and tried everything! :)

      Anise did seem to help.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Haha! I'm sure the moths are innocent.

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      I don't know :D hehehe, this can be a dangerous question.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Great idea! Does this also prevent jeans from shrinking in size? :))

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      There is also another use, that I did not put in the hub:

      If you have more Anise seeds you will not use as spice or herbal tea, put them in a small cloth bag.

      Put the bag in the wardrobe.

      Moths hate the Anise aroma and will run away from your woolen dresses.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      My mom used to use to make tea from anise seeds and it was tasty! I use it for cooking now. Good information!