Anise tea is largely used both for culinary and medicinal purposes. It is an important ingredient in the pharmaceutical industry, proving itself useful in enhancing the supply of mother’s milk, but not only.
Anise Tea description
Anise is a sweet and strong-fragranced plant, known for its star-shaped fruits, harvested just before they ripen. It belongs to the same plant family as carrots, fennel and caraway.
Due to its licorice flavor, it is usually added to candies, drinks and food.
Anise could be added to mouthwashes and toothpastes, mainly to those found in the natural food stores.
Anise tea is the resulting beverage from brewing this plant.
Anise Tea brewing
To brew Anise tea:
- Boil 1 1/2 cups of water with anise seeds
- Boil 1 1/2 cups of water (in another pot)
- Add the tea bags
- Steep them both (10 minutes)
- Strain anise water into the pot containing tea
- Pour into serving cups
Lemon and honey may be added (depending on the consumer›s taste).
Anise Tea benefits
Anise tea is a popular beverage, especially in the Middle East, where it is used to sooth a stomachache or to relieve intestinal gas. It can be administrated even to children.
Anise tea has proven its efficiency in dealing with:
- the overall treatment of such respiratory ailments as colds, pneumonia, bronchitis and sinusitis
- an upset stomach and flatulence
- the treatment of colic
- loosen phlegm in the throat and lungs
Anise Tea side effects
Anise tea is not recommended to pregnant and breast-feeding women.
Rarely, Anise tea can cause allergic reactions. Consumers should watch for signs of rash, hives or swelling of the tongue, throat, lips or face. If any of these symptoms occur, stop using anise and ask your health care provider.
Anise tea is a healthy choice for a balanced diet.This tea is best known as an adjuvant in the digestive processes and also, as an aid for respiratory problems.