Aniseed has numerous purported medicinal properties, mainly as a digestive aid. In India, the seeds are often chewed after a meal, both as a digestive and to sweeten the breath. Anise oil has also been used in treating flatulence and colic in children.

Anise “tea” – which can be made from steeping anise leaves in boiling water for about 5-6 minutes, straining out the leaves and adding honey to taste – may be effective for digestion, sore throat and cough. It is worth noting that in 2003, the FDA issued an advisory against the use of Star Anise teas, especially for children.


Soothing anise tea may aid in digestion