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Anise - Useful Properties and Application

Learning seasonings and spices on the shelves of stores, you probably paid attention to the small amazing brown "stars". These asterisks are called "Anise" − one of the most ancient, known plant and its spices to a man.

Anise has long been used by people not only as a spice to add flavor to dishes, but also as a medicine. A strong, special aroma of this plant is used in the aromatherapy, and in addition, the anise helps get rid of numerous of ailments. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of anise, find out by what it really is useful for and what it can bring for our health. 

Nutritional Value and Composition of Anise 

The plant is rich in the fatty and essential oils, among which the anise aldehyde, methylhavicol, and anethole too. There are the sugar, the anisic acid and a small amount of protein substances in the plant's composition. The anise contains the vitamin B and the vitamin C (ascorbic acid). 

Among the minerals, in the anise's composition you can find the calcium and the magnesium, a small amount of potassium and phosphorus, selenium, ferrum and zinc. The calorie content of the spice is 337 Kcal per 100g. The aniseed contains 9.5% of water, 16% of fat and 35% − carbohydrates. 

Benefits and Use of Anise 

One of the main anise's properties is the ability to delay the putrefactive and fermenting processes, often occurring in the intestine. This plant helps soften the spasms of abdominal cavity. The anise promotes the inhibition of microbes spread and division in the renal pelvis, including the bladder. Also, it acts as a strong expectorant and diuretic. 

The anise is recommended at pain in the intestines and gall bladder, and also useful for bile ducts. It is useful in the accumulation of gases in the intestines, inflammation of the bladder. Some medicines for the treatment of bile ducts also contain anise. 

The plant is useful for the lung diseases − the bronchitis, the coughing, the bronchial asthma. It has a beneficial effect on the appetite, improves the digestibility of food. In the folk-medicine, the anise is used as a galactogenic, and also on a par with the mother-and-stepmother, is used in the treatment of colds. The anise oil is also widely used in the official medicine. In particular, it is indicated for treatment of: 

- tense anxiety and stress; 
- melancholy and apathy; 
- headaches and dizziness; 
- gastrointestinal problems; 
- arthritis and muscle pain; 
- menopause and problems with menstruation.

Also, the anise oil is useful for the tachycardia, the cystitis and the kidney stones. In addition, the aniseed tea is also practiced. It greatly improves the lactation, helps with the hoarseness of throat, beautifully reflects on the heartbeat, and also eliminates the bad breath. 

To the contraindications of the anise and its products, it is necessary to include the individual intolerance, the inability to use during the pregnancy, the peptic ulcer diseases of the stomach and duodenum. Also, it is not recommended for the gastritis (with high acidity). 

Recipes and Using of Anise 

The anise as an expectorant, disinfectant, antipyretic, diaphoretic, analgesic, soft laxative, carminative remedy. To one teaspoon of aniseeds, ground in a mortar, add one cup of boiling water, boil under the lid in the boiling water bath for 15 minutes, insist one hour, strain, the mixture is added by the boiled water to 6.8 oz. Take a quarter cup three-five times a day before meals. 

At the gastritis with a reduced acidity, to 0.2 oz of anise seeds add one cup of boiling water in a thermos, insist two hours and filter. Take a quarter of cup three times a day. 

During the onset of constipation, the dyskinesia of biliary tract, to one teaspoon of anise seeds add one cup of boiling water, insist 20 minutes and filter. Take two tablespoons three times a day for 30 minutes before eating. 

The anise's tea is used at the coughing, the flatulence, the stomach problems. To one teaspoon of anise seeds add one cup of boiling water, 10 minutes infused and filter. Take one cup three times a day. 

With the urolithic and nephrolithiasis diseases, two teaspoons of plant's seeds add with one cup of boiling water, insist 15 minutes and filter. Take two tablespoons three times a day for 30 minutes before eating.

With the angina, the laryngitis, the tonsillitis, one tablespoon of anise seeds is ground to a powder. Pour one cup of boiling water, insist 20 minutes (wrapped) and filter. Take one tablespoon three-five times a day. 

The alcohol tincture of anise: 3.5 oz of crushed seeds fall asleep in a glass ware, fill in 20 oz of quality vodka, insist three days in a dark place, periodically shaking, then, add another 20 oz of vodka and filter. Take 5-10 drops three times a day.

With the insomnia, one teaspoon of anise seeds, pour one cup of hot milk, insist 30 minutes and filter, add one teaspoon of honey. Drink warm for two hours before bedtime.

Such here the recipes exist for such an amazing spice as the anise.

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