| Anise Seed Tea |
Anise preparations are an excellent remedy for asthma, bronchitis cough as well as digestive disorders such as flatulence, bloating, colicky stomach pain, nausea, and indigestion. The essential oil "anethole" (anise seeds comprises 75 - 90%) has been found to have the estrogenic effect.
The seeds are composed of 18% proteins, 8-23% fatty oils, 2-7% essential oils, 5% starch, 22-28% N-free extracts and 12-25 percent crude fibre. The remaining 9-13% of the seed's weight is moisture.
Aniseeds are delightfully fragrant due to their high concentration of anethole, an essential oil. (They smell & taste like licorice to me) Anise seeds also contain other important compounds like acetophenone, p-anisaldehyde, anise alcohol, estragol, limonene and pinene.
The seeds are an excellent source of minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium, manganese, zinc, potassium and copper. These minerals are essential to cardiac, bone and blood health and are needed by the body to turn food into energy.
The B-complex vitamins found in aniseed are essential to overall health. Loaded with riboflavin, pyridoxine, niacin and thiamin, the seeds can contribute to healthy levels of neuro-chemicals in the brain.
While the seed has many benefits, high doses of the essential oil are toxic due to its narcotic properties. Anise is safe to use in small doses, but ingesting large amounts of the seed can cause convulsions, narcosis, circulatory problems and coma. Improper use may also cause seizures, paralysis, lack of clarity and other mental problems. Users should only take the seed as directed and avoid consuming high doses. ⚫
-Crush or grind 1 tablespoon of anise seeds. (A mortar and pestle is a good instrument for this purpose).
-Add 2 cups of water to a saucepan. Boil.
-Add the crushed seeds. Simmer gently for 5-10 minutes.
-OPTIONAL: add milk (coconut, almond, etc. In 2017 Eye know we ain't still drinking cows milk).