Amazing herbs – anise and fennel

Fennel is often associated only with a cure for infantile diseases. It is a pity because this valuable herb has many uses and properties. Just like anise.

Fennel in folk medicine

Fennel was already known in ancient times. It had the power to deter evil spirits because of its strong, characteristic smell. It was also used as an aphrodisiac and as an antidote to snake bites and poisoning. It was also known as an excellent spice especially for fish dishes.

Fresh Fennel photo
Fresh Fennel photo

Fennel as a medicinal plant

It has an anti-inflammatory, diastolic, disinfecting, expectorant, diuretic, delegating and warming effect, it also regulates the monthly cycle, increases the work of milk glands and appetite. Through its disinfecting properties, it cleanses our body and regulates its work.

Fennel is used for digestive problems, flatulence and abdominal pain. It is known as an ingredient in herbal infusions for children. It is administered from the first days of a child’s life as it relieves abdominal pain caused by colic, flatulence and diarrhoea.

It is not recommended for people who are allergic to fennel and pregnant women due to uterine stimulation.

Anise has similar properties to Fennel, but it is not the same

It is one of the oldest medicinal plants in the world. Its rejuvenating and antitoxic properties were attributed to it. As an anise herb, it has been used by the Egyptians for 1500 years B.C. Pliny the Elder recommended anise as a tranquillizer and a sedative to make falling asleep easier.

Anise fruits
Anise fruits

Anise has an extensive therapeutic use

  • It stimulates all the endocrine glands, including the mammary glands.
  • Increases the number of white blood cells (that improves body immunity)
  • It has a diastolic and stimulating effect on brain cells and spinal cord.
  • Anise infusion (made of powdered fruit) is suitable for various biliary problems, migraine, dizziness, coughing, angina, bronchitis, also to stimulate lactation in nursing mothers.
  • It has an anti-inflammatory and astringent effect.
  • Alcoholic anise extracts are an excellent expectorant.
  • Externally, in the form of very dilute solutions, it is used for rubbing hands and faces to drive away insects, e.g. mosquitoes. It also kills lice, fleas and ticks.

How do we use fennel and anise?

The infusion of fennel fruit is prepared similarly to an infusion of anise. Pour over 1/2 tablespoon of fennel fruit, preferably crushed with one glass of boiling water, mix and set aside under a lid for 10-15 minutes. Strain and drink 2-3 times a day, adults half a glass, children half a tablespoon and babies half a teaspoon.

Fennel mask for normal skin

Brew 3 teaspoons of Fennel in 150 ml of boiling water. After cooling down, add 50 g of natural yoghurt, 3 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of oatmeal. Leave the mask spread over the face for about 20 minutes.

Anise for health – sore throat

Pour a glass of water into the bowl and add 1/2 cup of anise fruit. Cook for 15 minutes and drain the fruit. To the boiling stock add 1/4 cup of honey and a spoon of cognac. Take 1 teaspoon each every 30 minutes. It works fast and restores the voice effectively, so it is especially recommended for singers, announcers etc.

Anise for stomach pains

Powder the anise fruit and take 2-8 g per day in honey or syrup. It also helps with dizziness, coughing and angina.


You can see for yourself that fennel and anise have many uses for ailments that often get us. We encourage you to use these natural remedies.