Herbs Guide


Family Name: Umbelliferae

Botanical Name(s): Pimpinella Anisum

Popular Name(s): Anise, Aniseed, Sweet Cumin, Star Anise, Chinese Nise

Parts Used: Seeds

Habitat: It is a native of Egypt, Greece, Crete and Asia Minor

Description: Anise is a dainty, white-flowered urnbelliferous annual, about 18 inches high, with secondary feather-like leaflets of bright green, hence its name (of mediaeval origin), Pimpinella, from dipinella, or twicepinnate, in allusion to the form of the leaves

Uses: Anise enjoys considerable reputation as a medicine in coughs and pectoral affections. In hard, dry coughs where expectoration is difficult, it is of much value. It is greatly used in the form of lozenges and the seeds have also been used for smoking, to promote expectoration. Aniseed tea is very helpful. Anise oil is a good antiseptic and is used, mixed with oil of Peppermint or Gaultheria.