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Anise is an annual herb native to Egypt and the Mediterranean region. Its flowers bloom at the top of a round, grooved stem. Blooms in the summer. ( RIEH ) An annual growing 1-2 feet high with an erect, round, grooved, smooth stem and woody root. Leaves at the base are thick, coarse-toothed an pinnately divided; the leaflets are oval with toothed edges. The bright green upper leaves are smaller, feathery, delicate and pinnately divided. Tiny white to yellow-white blossoms July-August grow in umbrellalike clusters. The downy brown seedlike fruits (August-September) are ovate, flattened and 1/8 inch long and produce the essential oil for which this licorice-smelling herb is noted.
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Up to 6% volatile oils, which include anethole, 30% fatty oils, choline. ( TCIH )
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Aniseed (AMH).
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Expectorant, carminative, anti-spasmodic, parasiticide. Anise is taken to ease griping, intestinal colic and flatulence. It also has a marked expectorant and anti-spasmodic action and may be used in bronchitis, in tracheitis-related persistent coughing, and whooping cough. The oil is used in ointments to ease scabies, or by itself to control lice.
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