[Sca-cooks] The benefits of Anise
dragon at crimson-dragon.com
Wed Feb 20 13:19:24 PST 2008
V A wrote:
>Hey, cool -- another folk remedy gets verified by modern science. ;-) In
>Lebanon, anise "tea" (just whole aniseseeds steeped in hot water) is used as
>a panacea for headaches, stomachaches, cramps, and whatever else ails you.
>My mom used to make it for me as a kid whenever I had a cold. When I got to
>college I discovered it worked on hangovers too. ;-)
>Now the question for us is, what did medieval people think about the
>curative properties of anise...?
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Anise has been used for a long time as a digestive aid. With
Artemesia absinthum (Common Wormwood) it is one of the two primary
flavoring ingredients in absinthe which was originally used as a
digestive aid and anti-parasite tonic. It is used in a lot of other
liqueurs that started out as tonics and curatives, including pastis,
anisette, ouzo, and Chartreuse, all of which date from period. I know
it is also used for soothing coughs.
I know that there are references to it in medical texts from
classical times but I don't think Culpeper mentions it.
Venimus, Saltavimus, Bibimus (et naribus canium capti sumus)
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