Common name Anise

Latin name Pimpinella anisum

Parts used Seeds

System affinities

Anise is effective in regards to the digestive system.

Energetics/characteristics/flower essence/dosha

Anise is slightly warming and wetting.  As such It is most indicated for the pitta and vatta doshas.  As a carminative and expectorant it is good at expelling constriction.  


Anise is considered pungent and slightly wetting.


Anise is a valuable herb for most types of congestion.  It is an effective treatment for digestive disorders, indigestion, cramps, and bloating. It helps expel excess phlegm and gas.


Anise may cause high blood pressure if taken in high dosages.

Avoid its use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Excess usage may cause nausea and vomiting.


Anise is one of the oldest known plants that were grown for both culinary and medicinal use. It was an important herb in 2nd century BCE Egypt where it was grown for food and medicine and as an ingredient in liquor. The Native Americans called anise “Tut-te See-hua”, which means, “It expels the wind.”


Anise was first cultivated in Egypt and the Middle East, and was brought to Europe for its medicinal value.  It has been cultivated in Egypt for approximately 4,000 years. Anise plants grow best in light, fertile, well-drained soil. The seeds should be planted as soon as the ground warms up in spring.