Preparation of anise tea | anise oil as a medicine


ANISE HERB AND ANISE TEA; RECIPES

Tea made from anise herb has been prepared ever since it could be remembered for various health problems. Anise herb is also common as a culinary spice, but also in cosmetics where high quality anise oil and other medicinal products are being used.

WHAT IS ANISE? 

Anise is an annual plant that originated in Egypt and is now readily grown around the world, mainly because of its extremely healing essential oils. Many old myths exist about it: the English believed that the iron can break like glass if it comes into contact with anise herb and their lofts were sprayed with oil from the seeds of anise, to neutralize bad odours and provide a pleasant habitat for the pigeons. It is not difficult to conclude that the anise tea is highly regarded of on the island and that many mythical and magical qualities are attributed to it.

ANISE HERB AS A MEDICINE

Anise tea is known to be an excellent tool for coughing up phlegm, encouraging urination, creation and secretion of bile, cramps and depression, as well as an excellent natural aphrodisiac. Aniseed is rich in essential oils, proteins, sugar, iron, estragole and alcohol. One folk saying goes, "star anise is the cushion that keeps you from bad dreams," because it has long been known that only a cup of tea from anise relaxes and helps to treat insomnia. This herb relieves stomach pain, discomfort during chronic diarrhoea, nausea, intestinal problems and stomach bloating. The essential oil from the seeds dissolves and softens mucus, facilitates the physical discomfort caused by inflammation of the airways and therefore is used for the treatment of asthma, flu and cold. Cooked in wine and sweetened with honey, it acts as a great aphrodisiac, and stimulates the function of the kidneys and bladder. Chewing anise seeds eliminates worms in children, and has a laxative effect.
ANISE SPICE

As a spice, anise herb is used in cakes, pastries and liqueurs. The Romans sprayed it over sweets to avoid any lazy bowel or digestive problems. The famous Macedonian mastic brandy is made using this plant, while in Greece it is used to make the national beverage – Uza.  Anis herb is used in the preparation of pates, sausages and pork; it is added to dishes like rice, root vegetables, pumpkin, leeks, and goes well with fruits - pears, plums and citruses. Always add it at the end of a cook. Because of its strong aroma it is used in small quantities, as a whole or milled. Anis spice is kept in a tightly closed container in dark and cool room temperatures and can last for a year, if it is milled it retains its properties only for six months.


ANISE; RECIPES 

There are many medicinal recipes from anise, whether in terms of seeds, fruit, oils, tinctures, liqueurs, brandy and others. The most famous and most basic recipe for anise tea from is made as follows:

ANISE TEA; PREPARATION

  • Pour half a pint of boiling water over one teaspoon on anise seeds.
  • After it rests covered for fifteen minutes, filter it well.
  • Anise tea is consumed three times per day, best after the main daily meals.

ANISE TEA AGAINST BLOATED STOMACH AND GAS

This is a very good tea mix for which you need:

  • 20 grams of anise, fennel, cumin, and thyme: you take 3 large tablespoons of the each ingredient and you pour it with 0.5 litres of boiling water.
  • Allow it to rest for the next 3 hours and then the tea of anise and herbs is consumed 3 times a day (after meals).

ANISE BEVERAGE FOR MITIGATING PERSISTENT COUGH

Here is what you need for this extraordinary drink

  • One teaspoon of finely crushed fennel seeds and boil them for 10 minutes in one cup of milk.
  • Remove it from the heat and sweeten with honey (if you have the opportunity, use sage honey).
  • Drink one cup of it three times a day before eating.

ANISE TEA THAT HELPS WITH URINATION

  • From a mixture of herbs of about 20 grams of anise, carrots, celery, caraway and parsley take 3 tablespoons of milled fruit and pour a pint of boiling water over it.
  • It needs to rest for 3 hours, after that drink the anise tea 3 times a day - before eating.

ANISE TEA REGULATES THE STOOL

  • From a mixture of 20 grams of anise, prunes, bark buckthorn, liquorice and fennel take 2 tablespoons and pour 3 dl of boiling water over it.
  • Cover it and let it rest for 3 hours after that drink it. This is extremely effective against constipation.

ANISE TEA; A RECIPE AGAINST ASTHMA

  • Out of 20 grams of anise and tussilago and out of 60 grams of leaves from tussilago take 3 tablespoons and cook in a half of litre of water for about ten minutes.
  • Allow it to rest overnight and drink it only tomorrow. We recommend that you read more recipes and useful tips in the article bronchial asthma.

ANISE SEEDS STOP THE HICCUPS

Nibble on a several seeds gently, and then rinse your mouth with a glass of water. Hiccups will stop, and the anise plant will sweeten your breath. Tea made from anise has the same effect, and is prepared as we mentioned above; add half a teaspoon of crushed anise seed poured with a cup of boiling water, let it rest for 10 minutes and then filter it.

ANISE OIL (TINCTURE) AGAINST BLOATING AND FOR SOFTENING THE MUCUS

  • Mix 10 g of anise seed with 50 g of 90% alcohol, pour into a dark glass bottle and seal it tight. Keep the bottle in warm place for 10 days (not in the sunlight), and shake it daily.
  • Filter it and pour it into a new dark glass bottle.
  • Take half a teaspoon a day, before meals.

HONEY BRANDY MADE OUT OF ANISE HERB STRENGHTENS THE STOMACH

  • Pour a litre of homemade brandy over 3 tablespoons of anise seeds, then add 150-200 g of natural honey.
  • Close the jar and let it rest for three weeks with daily shaking.
  • Then filter it and pour into a bottle.
  • This brandy strengthens the stomach, regulates digestion and soothes the pain.

ANISE HERB FOR WEIGHT LOSS

For weight loss is best to use anise tea with a little local honey, and is drunk 15 minutes before each main meal. This beverage will certainly speed up the metabolism and its immediate consumption before the meal reduces the appetite. In a fight against cellulite anise oil proved to be a perfect remedy.

ANISE HERB LATIN NAME

Pimpinella ansium


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