Anise is native to Greece and Egypt, but is now commercially grown in India, China, n Mexico and Spain. Aniseed oil is obtained by steam distillation from the seeds of this annual herb which grows less than 1 meter high. Having several uses over the past two or so thousand years, aiding in digestion as a liquor has been it's primary uses. It is closely related to caraway, dill and fennel.
- has a history of use as a spice and fragrance
- treatment of digestive problems and toothache
- helps breathing
- relieves pain
- provokes urine
- eases thirst