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Anise is a well-known medicinal plant that is used in the treatment of many diseases. This plant has many beneficial properties. Anise seeds are also used in cooking and cosmetology.
- Useful properties of anise
- How to harvest anise seeds correctly
- The healing properties of anise seeds
- Contraindications to use
Useful properties of anise
The beneficial properties of anise have been known for a long time, therefore it is actively used in folk medicine for the treatment of many diseases. The main medicinal properties of anise:
- Dilutes and removes phlegm from the bronchi
- Reduces inflammation
- Have antimicrobial effect
- Increases appetite
- Helps with Respiratory Tract Infections
Anise also helps with breastfeeding and enhances lactation. This plant helps to enhance the secretory and motor function. Anise has an antiseptic and expectorant effect and can be used to treat bronchitis, wet cough, laryngitis, whooping cough, tracheitis and other pathologies of the respiratory tract. In addition, anise helps to normalize the liver and pancreas.
Anise fruits have carminative, antispasmodic and laxative effects. This herb dilates blood vessels and relieves tension in smooth muscles.
It is actively used in diseases of the bladder, urinary tract, and also helps to get rid of kidney stones. Preparations, which include anise, are prescribed for diseases of the kidneys, liver, digestive organs, as well as to eliminate headaches, migraines. Anise can be used both in its own form and as part of medicinal preparations.
How to harvest anise seeds correctly
Anise harvest can be started at the stage of waxy ripeness, while they should have a greenish color with a grayish tint. This usually occurs in the second half of the summer. The ripeness of the seeds will be indicated by their dense shell. Seed harvesting should be done in dry weather. The plant is cut with scissors along with the "umbrellas".
Then small bunches are formed and left to dry in the shade. After that, you can thresh. When ground, the seeds quickly lose their smell and taste. It is kept clean and is ground only before use.
The healing properties of anise seeds
Anise seeds contain a large amount of fat-soluble vitamins (B1, B2, B5, B6, follic and niacin) and micro- and macroelements (zinc, manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus). In addition, it contains all the necessary nutrients, as well as organic acids.
Anise seeds are widely used in folk medicine to treat many pathologies. They are actively used to reduce inflammation in the stomach and intestines. The use of seeds is recommended for women with painful menstruation and menstrual irregularities. Other healing properties of anise seeds:
- Enhances lactation
- Has a beneficial effect on the respiratory tract
- Relieves sore throat and hoarseness
- Used as a diuretic
- Strengthens potency in men
The use of aniseed is recommended for migraines, diseases of the nervous system. Anise-based oil enhances the antibacterial effect when using antibiotics. This healing oil has a calming effect on the nervous system, so the seeds are often included in various sedative preparations.
Contraindications to use
Anise seeds have few contraindications, but you need to know them so as not to harm the body. The use of seeds is prohibited in the following cases:
- Pregnancy period
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Allergic reaction to the plant
- Skin diseases (acne, acne, etc.)
Decoctions from anise seeds should not be used for chronic pathologies of the digestive tract, ulcers and gastritis in the acute stage. Anise can further exacerbate the situation. An allergy test is recommended before using anise seeds. If, after applying to the wrist, after a while an allergic reaction appears, then you cannot use a decoction or milk based on anise.
If the skin has acne, acne, wounds and inflammation, then using anise seeds can aggravate the dermal reaction and provoke a large inflammation. Prepared preparations based on anise should not be taken for more than a week. It is recommended to take a break and continue treatment.
Video on how to brew anise seeds: