The tummy troubles have struck again. If you are one that struggles with them like I do, you know what I am talking about, though I am quite sure that no two people have tummy troubles alike, just as there are no two snowflakes alike. Sometimes its a dull ache, and other times it is those miserable cramps. At any rate, allow me to introduce you to anise. May all your troubles be gone!
Tummy troubles vary from person to person. These often arise from gluten intolerance, though because the gastrointestinal system makes up such a large part of one’s core, others suffer as well. It may be acid reflux, heartburn, indigestion, bloating, nausea, upset stomach, or constipation, to name a few. Journey with me as we discover anise and her effects on such issues.
Anise comes from the Middle East, much like cumin, coriander, turmeric, and mint. If you follow me at all, you may know that I am fascinated by the Middle Eastern diet and its lack of health problems that so many of us here face. It loves to grow in its place of origin, and rarely grows outside of it. It will grow from seed if planted in April.
- Sleep aid
- Promote digestion
- Calm nerves
- Treats heartburn
- Eases stomachache
- Battles bronchitis & asthma
- Regulates menstruation
- Boosts sexual desire
- Soothes sore throats
I am sure that we used anise in baking during my childhood, though I am pretty sure it was already ground. I’ve seen the beautiful star shaped anise in pictures, but it was a prop, apparently, and I didn’t know what it was until now. Pictured is the fruit of the plant.
This herb is not safe for pregnant/lactating women and children under 6 years old. Do not use the essential oil on broken skin. If you have digestive problems or neurological diseases, avoid the use of the essential oil internally. In addition, avoid high doses of the the internal use of the oil.
My Final Thoughts…
Anise has a most pleasant flavor of licorice. I just love licorice, but with its high wheat content, it doesn’t like me very well. So I guess that anise will have to be my licorice. The amazing thing is, it will give me my licorice flavor and battle the tummy troubles. How cool is that! May all your troubles be gone!
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What have you used anise for? Let me know in the comments.
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