Anise (Pimpinella anisum) is one of the oldest known spice plants. It grows in the Mediterranean, Spain, West Asia, Mexico, Egypt, and the Middle East.

Anise contains chemicals that might have estrogen-like effects, decrease swelling, and help fight off insects.

People use anise for indigestion, constipation, migraine, menopausal symptoms, and many other puproses, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Don't confuse anise with star anise. These are not the same.

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