What are the benefits of Green Anise and how to use it?

You find in this article and in this video :
- Where does green aniseed come from?
- The active principles of green anise
- The benefits of green anise
- How to consume green anise ?
- The benefits of the essential oil of green anise
- Contraindications and recommendations

The green anise is a plant often used to flavor various drinks, sweets and breads such as gingerbread.

The green anise is native to the Middle East, it is also grown in southern Europe and Asia.

The parts used of the anise are the seeds and the fresh leaves in cooking, such as they are or in infusion to flavor dishes, cakes, breads, ...

The essential oil of green anise is used in phytotherapy.

The active substances of green anise are flavonoids and anethol, which has a very specific smell.

Green anise has estrogenic properties, it mimics the action of estrogens (female sex hormones) and regulates the menstrual cycle.
The green anise also allows to fight against the bacterial and fungal infections (infections due to mushrooms).

This plant is advised to fight against the stomach aches, the bloating, the flatulences, the aerophagia (burp), the spasms, the disorders of the digestion, but also the cold, the cough, it supports the release of secretions (expectorant effect).

Green anise is also used to reduce fatigue, lack of appetite, impotence in men.

Some women who are breastfeeding consume green anise to stimulate milk production, but beware that anethol could pass through the milk and present a toxicity for the infant especially in large quantities, it is therefore not recommended to take large quantities, apart from reasonable food use as a flavoring.

The essential oil of green anise is used in inhalation for its antibacterial effect, just put 2 to 3 drops in boiling water and inhale the vapors.

The use of this essential oil is contraindicated for pregnant women, children under 12 years, as well as in case of asthma or allergy to plants of the same family (fennel, celery, dill, coriander, ...).
The side effects due to the catch of the green anise seeds are rare, it is rather about allergic reactions.

The essential oil can cause nausea, allergy, skin reaction, vomiting, convulsions, edema in the lungs in case of excess, so be very careful with the amount used.

The green anise can interact with the anticoagulants.

To consume it in infusion, put 1g of crushed seeds in a large glass of hot water. This infusion can be taken 3 times a day for a maximum of 2 weeks. It is also possible to chew 1 small spoon coffee of seeds at the end of the meals to benefit from these effects on the digestion.

It is proposed in some Indian or Asian restaurants.

Finally, be aware that these effects of green anise are traditionally observed, studies have not yet demonstrated their medicinal effectiveness.

Because of these potential side effects, it should not be abused, it is preferable to keep a reasonable occasional use.

Dr. Noura Marashi (doctor of pharmacy, health youtuber, creator of the health and well-being application Pharmaquiz)

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