Aniseed (Pimpinella anisum)

One word springs to mind when it comes to our beautiful warming Aniseed – Versatility!

This aromatic, licorice-like plant has been a common feature for centuries for both medicinal and culinary purposes across many cultures.

It’s the essential oils of this herb that packs a punch and was traditionally used by the ancients from children to the elderly at the end of a meal as a carminative to aid digestion.

To this day in the Mediterranean, its seeds and volatile oils are also celebrated in the form of traditional alcoholic beverages such as Ouzo and Raki (in other words bottoms up!).

Studies have also shown the essential oils and theophylline may exert a bronchodilator and antispasmodic action on the respiratory tract, which may help in cases of bronchitis or bronchial asthma due to the underlying relaxant effect.

Good news for all the nursing mummas out there (you absolute Queens), it may also help with increasing milk supply due to its galactagogue action, with the bonus of calming any tummy troubles for baby simultaneously, AND because it features in our  Dirty Dandy Chai which is CAFFINE FREE, is even more reason to savour it – WIN, WIN, WIN.

Action: Expectorant, bronchodilator, carminative, immunomodulator, galactagogue, diuretic, hypoglycaemic, hypolipidemic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antispasmodic, anti-parasitic, oestrogenic.

Indications: Gastrointestinal complaints: Flatulence, dyspepsia, colic, nausea & bloating, acute or Chronic bronchitis, bronchial asthma, spasmodic coughs & colds, gastrointestinal parasites, difficult lactation, diabetes, dysmenorrhea and promote menstruation.

Pregnancy / Breastfeeding safe: Yes.

Enjoy in blends:




The Herbal Extract Company Australia – Full Monograph Aniseed.