Anise: Properties and Benefits

Anise (Pimpinella anisum) is an annual herbaceous plant belonging to the Umbelliferae family; its trunk reaches an average height of 40/50 centimeters, its flowers are small, white and bloom in early summer. Its fruit is small and oval-shaped with yellowish green, during maturation tends to darken.

The parts that are used are anise seeds that are harvested in August; the plant is native to the Orient and was already cultivated in ancient times by the Egyptian population, Arabic and Greek. In Italy, the anise grows naturally in areas with warm, dry climate, especially in the Mediterranean basin.
Anise: Properties and benefits
Anise is composed for the 9,50% water, 50% carbohydrates, 17,7% protein, 14,6% fiber, fat and ash; the minerals are calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, selenium, manganese, copper and zinc.

Anise has a decent presence of vitamins: vitamin A, the B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6), vitamin C and dietary folate DFE.


Benefits and Curative Properties of Anise

Many people know the anise only for its use in the preparation of sweets and liqueurs but in fact this plant has other properties that can be beneficial to the health of the human organism.
Its intake in the form of herbal tea is able to stimulate glandular secretions, in particular of the maternal gland; in this way increases the quantity and quality of breast milk.

Due to its calming properties anise soothes headaches and comes in handy in case of brain fatigue, problems and bronchial cough. Not only that. Anise promotes digestion, relaxes the intestinal muscles and is therefore recommended for those who suffer from constipation.

Another use of anise is linked to the problems of intestinal fermentation and its intake is therefore recommended in case of flautulenza problems and mutterings.
The seeds also have also the property of perfuming the breath, this characteristic certainly pleasing to many persons and, in case of delayed menstrual cycle, they do anticipate.
Contraindications
Anise has no particular contraindications but, due to the presence of estrogenic substances, should be administered to pregnant women under strict medical supervision.
Anise and Curiosity
Pliny the Elder claimed that the anise had two main properties: stimulated sleep and kept fresh face.

Chew anise seeds after a meal, in addition to helping the digestion even smells the breath.

Phytotherapy uses the seeds and fresh leaves because they contain a variety of active ingredients.

The anise plant can be grown in pots with the common ground, however, fertilized with manure.


Ciltivation of Anise
Anise reproduce by sowing in late April and early May; its seeds have power germinating limited in time and for this reason it is necessary that the seeds used for sowing are recent. Because of the small size of the seeds is necessary that they are covered by a thin layer of earth finely machined. The first shoot takes a month to appear, but later the seedling will grow very fast. To be avoided however, as not well tolerated, any transplants.
For the cultivation anise prefers a sunny location with dry soil, drained and rich in nutrients.
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Every 100 grams of aniseed you have a caloric intake of 337 calories.
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Star Anise
The star anise plant belongs to the family Magnoliaceae and its use is very similar to the green anise; in high doses can be toxic with narcotic effects that can lead to delirium and convulsions.

The scientific name of the plant is Illicium verum, a tropical plant that unlike green anise can reach considerable size.

The fruits have a characteristic star shape that consists of eight shells containing many seeds.

Star anise is widely used and appreciated in India, Indonesia and China, where, in addition to being the main ingredient in some foods, is also used for the preparation of liqueurs.

The name of course comes from its characteristic shape of a star and is also known as "anise Siberia" because of its introduction into Europe via Russia.
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