Friday, July 11, 2008

Herbal Power: Anise the Master of the Herbs


Pimpinella anisum

Aniseed sweet cumin

Apiaceae - Pimpinella anisum
Illustration from From:
Medical botany by William Woodville.
London, James Phillips, 1793, 1st edition, volume 3, plate 180. Hand-colored engraving (sheet 172 x 227 mm). Text enclosed in photocopy.

Scientific classification From Wikipedia

Photo: Copyright © 2007 David Monniaux (France) release under GFDL 1.2 & CC by SA 2.0

Kingdom Plantae


Class Magnoliopsida

Order Apiales

Family Apiaceae

Genus Pimpinella

Species P. anisum

Healing Powers

Aromatic Carminative Diaphoretic Diuretic Pectoral Relaxant Stomachic Stimulant Tonic

“Phytotechniques” - Parts of the Plant Utilized

Roots and Seeds

Traditionally or Folkloric Healing Applications

Asthma (spasmodic) Bronchitis • Catarrh (infant) • Colic• Coughs (dry) • Flatulence • Nausea • Soporific •

• Its said that also can stop hiccups


It is employed to macerate fish, poultry, soups, and root vegetable dishes. A great number of alcoholic beverage and cocktails are made or flavored with aniseed

Photo by Peng, Permission GFDL 1.2

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