Herbaceous annual plant, 20-60 cm high, slightly
pubescent and very scented. The leaves are polymorphous: lower
ones are petiolate, rounded, kidney-shaped, toothed or slightly lobuled.
Intermediate ones are oval or obovate, divided in three deep sections with
toothed parts; the upper ones are caulinary bi or tripinnated, with narrow
lobules and sheathed petioles. Flowers are white, grouped in umbels of 7 to 14
straight lines with no involucre. The
fruit is a diachaenium, usually a whole one, but often might present a thin,
rigid and slightly curved peduncle fraction. The fruit is
longitudinally crossed by five primary ribs, three of them dorsal and two
lateral ones which are lighter in color. Both the plant and the fruit release a
characteristic anise scent when pressure is applied. Green anise belongs to the
Plant that grows wild in Egypt and Middle East.
It is cultivated in warm weather, mainly in Spain,
Bulgaria, Italy, former USSR, Northern Africa and India. Green
anise blooms around June and the fruits are harvested to extract seeds in July
> Digestive disorders:
flatulence, epigastric inflammation, slow digestion, hyposecreting dyspepsia,
eructation, gastrointestinal spasms, lack of appetite, colics in the unweaned
infant, gastroenteritis, halitosis, stomatitis, hepatitis.
disorders: bronchitis, pharyngitis, common cold, asthma, non-productive
coughing. It is especially recommended to those in a program to quit smoking as
it acts as a real nicotine and tobacco tar antidote: cleans out irritant mucosa
from bronchi and helps in mucosa cells regeneration.
disorders: amenorrhea, oligomenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, menopause.
Both green anise and its essence are used as
flavor and odor modifier, in the pharmaceutical, nutritional and liqueur
> Cutaneous mycosis: pityriasis versicolor, tinea
pedis (athlete’s foot), candidiasis.
> Pediculosis (head lice), scabies.