ANISE (Pimpinella anisum) – loose ‘fruit’ herb
Traditionally a spice, this herb can add flavour to any infusion.
Traditional therapeutic use
It is widely cultivated and used to flavour food, candy, and alcoholic drinks, especially around the Mediterranean.
- Rich in nutrients, particularly iron.
- Contains Manganese, a key element to act as an antioxidant.
- Good for metabolism and development.
- Reduces symptoms of depression.
- Balances blood sugar and improves insulin-producing cells.
- Could protect against stomach ulcer inflammation.
- Reduces stomach acid, so it helps with nausea and heartburn.
- Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.
- Mimics the effects of oestrogen, so it could help relieve menopause symptoms.
Possible side effects & interactions
Anise is likely safe when consumed in amounts typically found in food.
SIDE EFFECTS Anise may have oestrogen-like effects, so there’s some concern that the use of anise supplements may be potentially harmful to people with hormone-sensitive conditions, such as hormone-dependent cancers (breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer), endometriosis, and uterine fibroids.
Anise may also interact with certain medications including birth control pills, oestrogen, and tamoxifen. You may experience an allergic reaction to anise if you have an allergy to a related plant such as asparagus, caraway, celery, coriander, cumin, dill, and fennel.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid the use of medicinal anise.
Our plants are harvested during particular seasons, times of the day and according to the lunar calendar to ensure the plants or parts of it have the highest nutritional value. For example, roots are picked on a waning moon. Once harvested, they are packaged by hand because we try to avoid using metal equipment and utensils that could reduce the beneficial properties of the plant.