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Latin Name:
Pimpinella anisum


Annual herb up to 2 feet with feathery upper leaves; produces oval, downy gray-brown seeds after small, yellowish white flowers appear that are grouped in umbels.

Common Uses

Anise is a carminative and an expectorant. It is also a good source of iron. Science has supported anise's traditional use as a treatment for coughs, bronchitis, and asthma. According to several studies, the herb contains chemicals (creosol and alpha-pinene) that loosen bronchial secretions and make them easier to cough up. Another chemical (anethose) acts as a digestive aid.


One of the oldest cultivated spices enjoyed by the early Egyptians, Greeks, and especially the Romans, who used it to flavor food and small after-dinner cakes to help digestion.

Products Containing this Ingredient

Blood Sugar Pro™ (formerly Uplift®), Cough Syrup, Herbal, Female Balance™, Gentle Floss, Laxative, Innerclean Herbal, ParaZap Quick Cleanse, Toothpaste, Creme de Anise

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