Pimpinella anisum This is more than enough seeds to start a nice large Anise patch in your garden! These wonderful seeds have a wonderful aroma of licorice. Your Anise seeds will produce beautiful plants loaded with wonderful aromatic foliage and seeds. This amazingly versatile plant has thousands of uses. Anise seeds taste great on cakes And cookies, or in candies and pastries! They are also great on poultry dishes and are wonderful in many ethnic dishes. Planting Anise and growing Tips: This wonderful herb needs consistent watering, but be careful not to over water it. Plant in full sun and make sure the soil drains well. This fast growing plant does not transplant well so plant directly from seed into your garden in early spring. The seeds should be planted 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep, and should be spaced about 1/2 inch apart and in rows about 15 inched apart. Thin your seedlings to about 6-10 inches apart. The beautiful green foliage can be harvested whenever the plant has become large enough. Seeds can be gathered for consumption about 1 month after the flowers have bloomed and faded, but make sure to collect your seeds before they fall to the ground. This annual herb has a growth habit very similar to that of dill in that it produces highly scented, beautiful, fern like leaves. It is a very easy to grow herb and self seeds itself very easily, which also means that it can become somewhat of an invasive plant if not carefully controlled. Annual.Grows to 2-3 feet tall. Days to Harvest: Any time. Days to Germinate: 7-14. Hardy up to Zone 8. History and medicinal uses: Anise dates back to as far as 1500 B.C. It is one of the oldest herbs we know of. It was often used as a medicinal herb by the Egyptians. From the gardens of Charlemagne, to Rome, to England, and carried by the colonists to America, anise still thrives as a popular herb today. This wonderful historic herb is native to the middle east. It has Thousands of uses! Since ancient times this great herb has been used for many medicinal purposes and to flavor foul tasting medicines. The romans used Anise seeds in Dream Pillows and believed that this magical herb prevented bad dreams. In addition they used it to aid in digestion and also believed that Anise could ward off epilepsy. In Ancient Chinese as well as in the Traditional Indian or Ayurvedic system of medicine, the herbal remedy Anise has assumed a very popular position and its uses in many herbal medications is seen in both systems for many many centuries now. Egypt has been cultivating Anise for at least 4,000 years. It grows wild in that country. Some Pharaonic medical texts show that the anise seeds were often used as an herbal diuretic, and such remedies were also used in the treatment of many different digestive problems. Today, Anise continues to be extremely popular both for culinary cooking and medicinal use. Its licorice-like scent is used to flavor candies, while the Greeks use Anise to make Uzo, which is a licorice tasting liquor. In Europe, Anise is used in cakes, cookies and in sweet bread, while it is used in India to flavor stews and soup. Today, it is believed that Anise also benefits the immune system.The very sweet flavor of the seeds and leaves make a nice comforting tea that is often used to treat asthma coughs and bronchitis, whopping cough.It has been said to increase libido especially in women. It can be used to prevent Gas, Colic and Flatulence in adults and children. This amazing herb is Safe for infants. best administered via the feeding mother (constituents are found in the breast milk after the mother consumes the herb). Useful for both men and women, but particularly useful for lactation feeding mothers. Aniseed has been demonstrated to increase mucociliary transport and so supporting its use as an expectorant.Combined with its antispasmodic properties, it can ensure increased expectoration without spasmodic coughing making it ideal for bronchitis, in tracheitis where there is persistent irritable coughing, in whooping cough.Externally, the oil from the seeds can be used as an ointment base for the treatment of scabies and other skin problems.The oil by itself will help get rid of lice.It has mild estrogenic effects, thought to be due to the presence of dianethole and photoanethole,which explains the use of this plant in folk medicine to increase milk secretion, facilitate birth and increase libido. Aniseed is fantastic for reducing any disagreeable effects on the digestion. It is absolutely fantastic for children due to its pleasant flavor. The Herbal Almanac states the a few drops of Oil of Anise, or Oil of Rhodium on a trappers bait will entice any wild animal into the snare trap. Scientific Literature Anise has been approved by Commission E. for the common cold, coughs and bronchitis, fevers and colds. inflammation of the mouth and pharnyx, upset stomachs (dyspeptic complaints) and loss of appetite. It was used in potpourri around the house to ward off evil and the evil eye. Its an antiseptic, antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, it aids indigestive, it an expectorant, pectoral aid, its a stimulant, stomachicits a tonic, it aids in Bacterial Conditions,eradicates intestinal bacteria, It can be taken to aid insomnia (taken with warm milk). Female Conditions~It induces menstruation and promotes milk in nursing mothers, used for Gastrointestinal Conditions. Use for digestive infections, flatulence (gas), halitosis (bad breath), improves appetite, indigestion, nausea, promotes digestion, purifies intestines, with Caraway and Fennel itsoothes digestion.The list just goes on and on......It helps expels flatulence, is used as a stomach tonic, it helps relieve cramps and muscle spasms, helps Inflammatory Conditions, infantile catarrh, good for Respiratory Tract Conditions,bronchitis, gets rid of chest infections, it loosens tight phlegm, gets rid of persistent hard, dry coughs, it reduces congestion and irritation in the lungs,spasmodic asthma. It alleviates cramps. It can be used externally. It can be used as a salve for, lice and scabies. You can eat it on buns and rolls (seeds) you can use it to flavor liquorto condition horses. you can use it for so many things. I could write a 10 page report on this amazing seed! Magical Uses: Protection, Purification, Youth. Fill a small pillowcase with anise seeds and sleep on it, this will ensure that you have no nightmares. Use in protection and meditation incenses. Fresh anise leaves placed in a room will drive off evil, and they are sometimes placed around the magic circle to protect the magician from evil spirits. It also averts the 'evil eye'. Aniseed is also used in purification baths, especially with bay leaves. It is used to call forth spirits to aid in magical operations, and a sprig hung on the bedpost will restore lost youth. I just want to add that I am not a doctor so before you use this as a treatment for anything please consult your doctor. The articles and advice on this site are for information only. It is not a replacement for seeking medical advice from your doctor. These plants are very easy to grow.A great addition to anyones garden. A great gift for any gardener!