Saturday, November 14, 2009

~ Anise Flower ~

Anise is a good digestive aid and complements sweet and savory raw foods..

Anise Flower and seeds
It is commonly used as a flavoring for food. It is mostly used for dishes that have a touch of sweetness or a bit of spice.
Anise has long been known as an aphrodisiac. Modern research shows that anise actually does increase attraction among people. So the next time you’re looking for romance, you may want to try a recipe that uses anise seed.
In addition to helping romaintic life, anise has benefits for your body.
As a result, it’s helpful for problems such as flatulence and colic. It can also help to reduce bloating that comes from gas .If you’re suffering from spasms from poor digestion, such as intestinal cramping, anise can relieve your problems. It’s an antispasmodic that can help to relieve the muscular cramping that causes pain in the digestive tract.
It can also relieve menstrual cramps and is particularly good at this when taken as a tea.
Anise seed can also help to stimulate the pancreas. The pancreas is an important part of the body that’s responsible for regulating insulin and some hormones. When the pancreas is in good health, you’ll lower your risk for diabetes and other hormonal problems.
If you have a cough or cold, anise seed can help to provide you with relief. It works as an expectorant that actually thins the mucous in your respiratory system. You’ll have thinner mucus, so your coughs will be more productive. That means you can actually remove the source of the cough.
In addition to all of these functions, anise seed can also help to cure a bout of insomnia. It helps to relax the body and prepare it for a restful night of sleep. You’ll be able to stop counting sheep and start enjoying your dreams again.You can use anise in many ways. For example, you can simply use it in recipes that you enjoy. This is an easy and flavorful way to add essential nutrients to your diet. However, you can also drink anise tea, take anise decoction, and you can even use the essential oils to treat your problems.
I used anise flower as a garnish to decorate my lovely pink grapefruit. I then took the anise star and put it in in a cup and poured a cup of boiling water over it and let steep for about ten minutes.

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