Anis: benefit and harm, use in medicine
Anis is known since ancient times - it was used for healing and rejuvenation even the ancient Romans.Today the dried fruits of anise are widely used in cooking and aromatherapy, and folk medicine recognizes all parts of the plant - not only seeds that are rich in vegetable oils, but also roots.
Anise is often included in the composition of herbal collections and is used for brewing medicinal tea, which is not only very tasty, but also helps to fight various diseases and improves the psycho-emotional state.
Anise seeds have a unique composition;Part of its organic compounds were even named after this plant. First of all, vegetable fats, which in seeds contain from 4% to 23%.Another 18% are proteins, 35% are sugar.Complement the composition of fatty and aromatic acids - chlorogenic, coffee and others.
Useful properties of spices are given by a unique anise essential oil, the content of which in seeds varies within 3-6%.It includes:
- anethole, thanks to which the anise acquires its characteristic aroma;
- methylhavicol, giving anise analgesic and relaxing effect and capable of causing hallucinations in case of overdose;
- anisic ketone;
- anisic acid;
- anise alcohol.
Anise fruits and macronutrients( especially magnesium, calcium and phosphorus), microelements, group B vitamins and ascorbic acid are rich.The energy value of the product is 337 kcal per 100 g.
The use of anise for health
To cultivate anise for medical use started in Ancient Greece, it was used in modern pharmacology. Aniseed oil is used in the manufacture of elixirs, drops and teas with the following effects:
- is antipyretic;
- is antispasmodic;
- is a restful;
- diuretic and diaphoretic;
- is a laxative;
- is an anesthetic.
The most useful anise for diseases of the gastrointestinal tract - gastritis, colic, flatulence, as it improves gastric secretion and intestinal motility .Stimulated and other parts of the digestive system - liver, gall bladder, pancreas.In addition, this spice improves appetite.
Aniseed tea with the addition of cumin and fennel is useful for colds, bronchitis, bronchial asthma - it has a pronounced expectorant effect and improves the general condition of the body.During breastfeeding, it helps to increase the amount of milk.
Rinsing the mouth with aniseed decoction removes inflammation in the oral cavity and nasopharynx, improves odor from the mouth, helps fight tonsillitis.
Popular healers know the positive effect of anisic tincture in urogenital pathologies.It helps to fight not only with the infections that affected this system, but also with frigidity, malfunctions of the menstrual cycle, poor potency.
Anisic oil can be used for medicinal purposes in a variety of diseases:
- nervous disorders, stress, overexertion, bad mood;
- headaches and migraines;
- inflammation of the joints;
- pain in muscles, menstrual pain;
- burns, skin inflammations( in the form of ointment from anise seeds and egg white).
Anise tincture on alcohol( or aniseed vodka) effectively stimulates immunity, improves efficiency and well-being, if consumed in moderate amounts.
Important! Any essential oils due to a sharp odor are contraindicated in pregnancy.
Like other spices, anise causes an increase in the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, so with inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and peptic ulcer it should be refrained.
Do not use anise oil for individual intolerance.To avoid the development of allergies and other side effects it is necessary to observe the dosage and apply anis with interruptions.
Tips and Tricks
Anise can be added to face masks - substances in the anise oil help relax the facial muscles and smooth wrinkles.
Important! To avoid side effects, it should be added in quantities of no more than 2-3 drops.
In cooking, anise fruits are added to baking, confectionery products, sweet fruit and vegetable dishes.Dried fruits, devoid of seeds, can be added to canned foods.If anise is added to meat or fish, it is important not to take too much spice - it has a pleasant aroma, but in a concentrated form its taste is very peculiar and not everyone will like.
Fresh anise can be planted in the bedroom or suspended at the head of the bed - aromatic oils released by the fruits of the plant, improve sleep, fill the air with a pleasant smell and relieve nightmares.
You can grow anise yourself - the main thing is to carefully study the planted plant, so as not to confuse it with poisonous brethren.Collect the anise at the end of summer, dried naturally in a well-ventilated room.