Plant Profile: Anise

(Pimpinella anisum)

Energetics: Warming, moistening.

Taste: Sweet.
Tissue States:

Parts Used: Seeds for medicine, stalk & leaf for food.
Systems affected: Stomach. Lungs. Liver. Kidneys.

Key Components: Volatile Oil. Coumarins. Lipids. Fatty Acids. 
Sterols. Proteins. Carbohydrates.

Preparations & dosage: Infusion: 1 tsp per cup of water up to 3x per day. gently crush seeds before infusing. Essential oil:


Foundational: Aromatic. Stimulant. 
Primary: Slightly Diuretic. Mild Expectorant. Carminative.  Emmenagogue. Diaphoretic. 
Secondary: Antispasmodic.

Uses: Treat flatulence, burping, indigestion, nausea, abdominal pain, griping. Warms the digestive tract. Sweeten breath. Increase mothers milk. Relieve cough & congestion. Wonderful as both flavoring and active ingredient in cough syrups & lozenges.


Essential Oil:
Flower Essence:

Growing: Perennial in warmer climates, an be grown as an annual in colder climates. Grows 1-1/2 to 2’ tall in moist, fairly rich soil. Likes full sun. Plant when danger of frost is over & cover with about 1/8” of top soil. Seeds should germinate in 7-14 days. Because of its long taproot, it can only be transplanted in the seedling stage.

Collection: Ready to harvest in late summer but you can gather some feathery leaves before then. Gather seeds for medicinal purposes when they have turned from green to grayish brown. Cut the entire umbel with a length of stalk when the seeds are ripe. Hang stalks upside-down in a paper bag to collect seeds.

Possible Recipes: Pinch each of powdered Anise seed, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and a tiny pinch of black pepper. Steep in a cup of hot water or scalded raw milk. Drink after meals during the winter months to warm the digestive system and aid in digestion.


The way of Herbs: Michael Terria, Pg 87-88; 
The Complete Herbs Sourcebook: David Hoffman. Pg 211