Anise (Pimpinella anisum), also called Aniseed, is a sweet, aromatic annual in the parsley family.
The leaves and flowers are lacy, delicate, and delicious, and plants can grow 2'-3' tall.
Chew the seeds for a natural breath freshener and digestif. Its aromatic seeds are also used for cooking and herbal medicine.
You may be familiar with the anise flavor if you've had absinthe, as anise seeds are the basis for this famous alcoholic beverage.
As a companion plant, it attracts pollinators and beneficial insects, and repels aphids, cabbage moths, cabbage white fly, cabbage worms, slugs, and snails, but is strangely irresistible to bears, deer, dogs, and mice.
As a medicinal herb, Anise has been used internally to treat bad breath, bloating, constipation, cough, flatulence, hot flashes, indigestion, lack of appetite, migraine headaches, and upset stomach, and externally to treat bronchitis, eye pain, and swelling.
⚠️ Medicinal properties are presented as information only, and are not a recommendation or prescription for use. Consult a medical professional before using any herb medicinally.
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