Aniseed Herb - 60 veggies caps - Herbal Collection
Aniseed - 60 veggies caps - Herbal Collection
Aniseed, also known as anise, is a flowering plant native to the Eastern Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia.
The seeds of the plant have been used for centuries for their distinctive sweet, licorice-like flavor and various health benefits.
Aniseed tisane, also known as anise tea, is an herbal infusion made by steeping aniseed in hot water.
Benefits and properties of aniseed tisane:
- Digestive health: Aniseed has long been used to improve digestion, reduce bloating, and alleviate symptoms of indigestion. The carminative properties of aniseed help to relax the gastrointestinal tract and expel gas, providing relief from discomfort.
- Respiratory support: Aniseed has expectorant properties, which can help to loosen mucus and phlegm in the respiratory tract, making it easier to expel. This can provide relief for those suffering from coughs, colds, and congestion.
- Antimicrobial properties: Aniseed contains compounds like anethole, which exhibit antimicrobial activity against certain bacteria, fungi, and yeasts. This may help to support overall immunity and prevent infection.
- Menstrual and menopausal relief: Aniseed has been used traditionally to alleviate menstrual cramps and regulate menstrual cycles. It is believed to have phytoestrogenic properties, which can help to balance hormone levels and reduce menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings.
- Sleep and relaxation: Aniseed has mild sedative properties, which can help to promote relaxation and encourage a good night's sleep. Drinking a cup of aniseed tisane before bed may help to improve sleep quality and reduce insomnia.
- Lactation support: Aniseed is a galactagogue, meaning it can help to stimulate milk production in breastfeeding mothers. Drinking aniseed tisane may help to increase milk supply and support lactation.
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International Latin denomination
Apiaceae ( Umbelliferae )
Description and habitat
- Herbaceous plant 20 to 60 cm high, with an aromatic smell, native to the Mediterranean region
- The leaves are toothed at the base of the stem, reniform in the middle, thinly striped at the top
- White flowers in umbels
- Cultivated in France, Greece, Egypt, Morocco, India
History and tradition
- Cultivated in France, Greece, and Egypt for 4000 years
- Used by Dioscorides, typical of “hot and dry” plants for Hippocratic medicine
- Fruits (cremocarps) or diakenes
- fruit essential oil
Dosage forms available
- Half a teaspoon (1.5 grams) per cup of infusion
Main components of the plant
- Essential oil 1.5 to 5% of the plant (figure in the European Pharmacopoeia), containing 80 to 95% trans-anethole (phenylpropane derivative, responsible for the smell and flavor)
- Glucoside of 4-hydroxybenzoic acid, characteristic of Apiaceae
- Phenolic acids , 25–30% fatty oil
- Flavonoids , glycosides of flavones
- Furocoumarins and hydroxycoumarins
Main components of buds or young shoots
Main components of essential oil
- Methyl-ether phenols : trans-anethole = E-anethole 80 to 95%, methyl-chavicol = estragole 0.5 to 5%
- Anisaldehyde 1.5%
- Sesquiterpenes : gamma-himachalene , alpha-himachalene , beta-himachalene , beta-bisabolene , zingiberene
- Monoterpenes : limonene , alpha-pinene
- Anethole ( dianethole ) and anisaldehyde ( dianisoin ) dimers
- Intestinal spasmolytic ( essential oil , anethole )
- Higher dose antispasmodic and antiseptic (antibacterial and antifungal)
- The essential oil is bronchial secretolytic. It increases the glandular secretions at the respiratory level by direct action on the cells or stimulation of the glands of the gastric mucosa. This causes an evacuation of the bronchial mucus
- Anethole is central analgesic , stimulates expectoration and increases pulmonary secretions, is estrogenic and facilitates ovulation
- Stimulates liver regeneration after partial hepatectomy
- Emmenagogue and galactogen  , estrogenic by anethole (but total essential oil is more active)
- Facilitates childbirth
Properties of essential oil
- Effects of anethole (see its sheet)
- Stimulates expectoration ( anethole ), increases pulmonary secretions by direct action on the cells and by stimulation of the glands of the gastric mucosa, which generates a reflex evacuation of the bronchial mucus
- Intestinal spasmolytic, carminative
- Miticide 
- Estrogenic activity  ( anethole and anethole dimers : dianethole and anisaldehyde : dianisoin but the total essential oil is more active), emmenagogue and lactagogue, would facilitate ovulation and childbirth, aphrodisiac
- Central analgesic ( anethole )
- Anticonvulsant and neuroprotective 
- Anti-inflammatory 
- Hepatoprotective  , stimulates liver regeneration after partial hepatectomy
- Antifungal 
- Trans -anethole may antagonize thujone
- The Pharmacopoeia tolerates its preparation from the star anise Illicium verum HOOKER fill. ( trans-anethole )
Indications of the whole plant (phytotherapy)
Indications of the bud (gemmotherapy)
Specific indications of essential oil (aromatherapy)
- Dyspeptic disorders, intestinal spasms
- Hormonal failure, menopause
- Milk deficiency
Known or suspected mode of action
- Central analgesic by anethole , increases pulmonary secretions
- Stimulates expectoration ( anethole )
- Estrogen-like (dimers of anethole : dianethole ) and anisaldehyde : dianisoin )
- Stimulates liver regeneration after partial hepatectomy
- Trans -anethole may antagonize thujone
- Classic galactogenic herbal tea formula:
- Angelica Angelica archangelica seeds...30 grams
- Green anise Pimpinella anisum seeds...30 grams
- Fennel Foeniculum vulgare seeds ... 30 grams
- Caraway Carum caraway seeds...60 grams
- Hops Humulus lupulus cones ... 20 grams
- One teaspoon per cup. Boil 2 to 3 minutes, infuse 10 minutes. Drink 2 to 3 cups a day
- Or better: pound the seeds, one teaspoonful per cup of boiling water, cut off the boil, infuse for 10 minutes. Drink 2 to 3 cups a day
- French Pharmacopoeia list A (fruit)
Possible side effects and precautions for use
- Essential oil :
- Prohibited during pregnancy and in young children
- Contraindication in hormone-dependent cancers
- Rare allergic reactions
- Caution in case of hypothyroidism ( HE )
- Potential interactions with central nervous system drugs (analgesics, codeine, antidepressants, barbiturates) 
- Very modest mutagenic effects
- Only available on doctor's prescription or in galenic preparations from the Pharmacopoeia
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- Aller↑ Lee HS. p-Anisaldehyde: acaricidal component of Pimpinella anisum seed oil against the house dust mites Dermatophagoides farinae and Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus. PlantaMed. 2004 Mar;70(3):279-81. PMID 15114512
- Aller↑ Howes MJ, Houghton PJ, Barlow DJ, Pocock VJ, Milligan SR. Assessment of estrogenic activity in some common essential oil constituents. J Pharm Pharmacol. 2002. Nov;54(11):1521-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12495555
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- Aller↑ Ghoshegir SA, Mazaheri M, Ghannadi A, Feizi A, Babaeian M, Tanhaee M, Karimi M, Adibi P. Pimpinella anisum in the treatment of functional dyspepsia: A double-blind, randomized clinical trial. J Res Med Sci. 2015 Jan;20(1):13-21. PMID 25767516
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- Aller↑ Samojlik I, Mijatović V, Petković S, Skrbić B, Božin B. The influence of essential oil of aniseed (Pimpinella anisum, L.) on drug effects on the central nervous system. Fitoterapia. 2012 Dec;83(8):1466-73. doi: 10.1016/j.fitote.2012.08.012. PMID 22926042
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Store in a cool, dry place, away from light. Keep tightly closed, away from the reach of Children and pets.
Do not exceed the daily dose.
This product is not intended to prevent or cure any form of illness or disease.
If you are pregnant or nursing ; If you have a medical condition or are in the course of medical treatment ; If you are programmed for theater/operation in the near future, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product.
This product cannot replace a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
This product has not been evaluated by the SAHPRA for its quality, safety or intended use.