Organic Anise Seeds
Anise is an annual plant that grows up to three feet tall. It grows up to 3 feet tall, and produces white flowers that attract butterflies. It has a sweet licorice flavour that is popular in liqueurs. Freshly chopped anise leaves are great in soups and salads, and the seeds are used as a spice. Anise seed is rich in the essential oil anethole, which gives it the sweet and aromatic flavour. Anise also has many medicinal qualities. The most common medicinal uses are to relieve colds and coughs.
Light conditions: Full sun
When to sow: Spring
Germination is easy
Uses: Culinary, medicinal, tea and other beverages
How to Grow Anise
Growing anise is relatively easy. Anise prefers full sun with well drained, light soil with moderate to heavy loams. It will do well in soils with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5. It’s best to plant it in moisture retaining soil, as it likes to be watered regularly. Anise has a taproot so it will not transplant well. You will need to sow the seeds in it’s permanent location. You can sow the seeds sometime in the spring after the last frost. If the weather is too cold it may slow the germination of the seeds. Bury the seeds 1/4″ deep and 6” apart.
Anise Health Benefits
- Aids in digestion
- Is antimicrobial
- Rich in B vitamins (B-complex)
- Rich in minerals
- High in antioxidants and vitamins A and C
Anise seed oil is often used for medicinal purposes or for aromatherapy. Aromatherapy use provides a balancing, comforting and uplifting effect to your mood. Medicinally it is used as an anti-rheumatic (relief from arthritis), anti-septic, anti-spasmodic (good for cramps, coughs and aches), carminative (helps relieve gas), decongestant, aids digestion, expectorant, sedative, and stimulant. It can also be used as an effective insecticide.
Anise tea provides the same internal health benefits as the essential oil. It tastes really good and is great to have when eating a meal as it will help with digestion. To prepare anise tea add the seeds or tea bag into the cup and add boiling water. It’s best to cover the tea with a saucer or some sort of cover to keep the essential oils from escaping. Steep the tea for 4 to 5 minutes and then remove the seeds and enjoy.