OTHER NAME(S): Anis, Anís, Anis Vert, Aniseed, Anise Essential Oil, Anisi Fructus, Graine d’Anis Vert, Huile Essentielle d’Anis, Phytoestrogen, Phyto-Œstrogène, Pimpinella anisum, Pinella, Semen Anisi, Shatpushpa, Sweet Cumin, Velaiti Saunf.

ANISE – a fragrant herb for seasoning

1 oz/28 g contains approx. 7,000 seeds

GREENHOUSE: Never use seed that is more than 2 years old. Anise is rather slow growing and should be started indoors about April 1st. Root systems are very tender which makes Anise very difficult to transplant. Sow seed 0.5 in/6 mm deep in peat pots at 6 seeds per pot, cover seed lightly and firm. Germinate at 65°F/18°C day and 45°F/7°C night temps. for about 2 weeks. Thin to 1 or 2 seedlings per pot. Grow at 55°F/13°C to prevent soft spindly growth. Transplant pot and all 8 in/20 cm apart in warm, well drained sandy soil that is moderately rich about June 1st.

DIRECT SEEDING: Sow seed in late April or early May as above, at 4 seeds per in/25 mm. Thin seedlings to 8 in/20 cm apart by pinching off excess sprouts at ground level. Weed frequently. Mature plants are annuals, 1.5 ft/46 cm tall.

HARVEST: Use the leaves fresh in salads. Seeds are popular ingredients used in bread, apple sauce, tea, sachet, perfume, cough medicine, licorice candy and the base for many liqueurs.

Anise likes 6.0 pH soil, poor, light, dry, well drained soil & Full sun. Anise reportedly enhances the growth of coriander when planted nearby.

Per WebMD; Anise is an herb. The seed (fruit) and oil, and less frequently the root and leaf, are used to make medicine.

Anise is used for upset stomach, intestinal gas, “runny nose,” and as an expectorant to increase productive cough, as a diuretic to increase urine flow, and as an appetite stimulant. Women use anise to increase milk flow when nursing, start menstruation, treat menstrual discomfort or pain, ease childbirth, and increase sex drive. Men use anise to treat symptoms of “male menopause.” Other uses include treatment of seizures, nicotine dependence, trouble sleeping (insomnia), asthma, and constipation.

Some people apply anise directly to the skin to treat licescabies, and psoriasis.

In foods, anise is used as a flavoring agent. It has a sweet, aromatic taste that resembles the taste of black licorice. It is commonly used in alcohols and liqueurs, such as anisette and ouzo. Anise is also used in dairy products, gelatins, meats, candies, and breath fresheners.

In manufacturing, anise is often used as a fragrance in soap, creams, perfumes, and sachets.

How does it work?

There are chemicals in anise that may have estrogen-like effects. Chemicals in anise may also act as insecticides.

Anise is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth in amounts typically found in foods. There isn’t enough information available to know if anise is safe to take by mouth in medicinal amounts.

Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Anise is LIKELY SAFE for pregnant and breast-feeding women when used as part of a normal diet. It’s not known whether it’s safe to use anise in larger medicinal amounts during pregnancy or when breast-feeding. Stick to food amounts.

Children: Anise is LIKELY SAFE for most children when taken by mouth in amounts typically found in foods. It is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the scalp in combination with other herbs, short-term. There isn’t enough information available to know if anise is safe to take by mouth in medicinal amounts.

Allergies: Anise might cause allergic reactions in some people who are allergic to other plants that are similar to anise. Plants that are similar to anise include asparagus, caraway, celery, coriander, cumin, dill, and fennel.

Hormone-sensitive condition such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Anise might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don’t use anise.

Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination!

  • Birth control pills (Contraceptive drugs) interacts with ANISESome birth control pills contain estrogen. Anise might have some of the same effects as estrogen. But anise isn’t as strong as the estrogen in birth control pills. Taking anise along with birth control pills might decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. If you take birth control pills along with anise, use an additional form of birth control such as a condom.<br><nb>Some birth control pills include ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel (Triphasil), ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone (Ortho-Novum 1/35, Ortho-Novum 7/7/7), and others.
  • Estrogens interacts with ANISELarge amounts of anise might have some of the same effects as estrogen. But large amounts of anise aren’t as strong as estrogen pills. Taking anise along with estrogen pills might decrease the effects of estrogen pills.<br><nb>Some estrogen pills include conjugated equine estrogens (Premarin), ethinyl estradiol, estradiol, and others.
  • Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) interacts with ANISESome types of cancer are affected by hormones in the body. Estrogen-sensitive cancers are cancers that are affected by estrogen levels in the body. Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) is used to help treat and prevent these types of cancer. Anise seems to also affect estrogen levels in the body. By affecting estrogen in the body, anise might decrease the effectiveness of tamoxifen (Nolvadex). Do not take anise if you are taking tamoxifen (Nolvadex).

Seeds available:


Pimpinella anisum

75 days. Annual. Use leaves in salads, seeds in cakes/bread. One of the sweetest smelling herbs. 

MyPatriotSupply.com Has Anise seeds for $1.97


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