Anise Seed Pimpinella anisum -
The German Commission E endorses Anise as an expectorant and cough suppressor because it clears mucus from air passages. It can be used in treating asthma, whooping cough, bronchitis, and other types of coughs. Anise tea soothes stomach irritation, gas, bloating, and works as an antacid for heartburn and indigestion, and is used for infants and children with colic. Anise also helps increase milk production in nursing mothers and is helpful with menopausal problems. The tea also reduces oily skin and improves your memory. The seeds can be chewed for a breath freshener. The essential oil of Anise can be used externally for lice and scabies. Some people who have used estrogenic herbs like Anise, report positive androgenil (male sex hormone) effects. Anise is also high in anethole, a compound which produces positive effects in women with inhibited sexual desire.