Anise (scientific name Pimpinella anisum) or aniseed, is known for its flavour, which resembles liquorice, fennel. Anise, like fennel, contains anethole, a phytoestrogen. Anethole, is the principal component of anise oil. The oil of anise is also used in toothpaste, chewing gum, cough syrups, and soap, among other products. Whole seeds of Anise are used in cooking. Anise is also available in tea, while also marketed as Anise extract.
The health benefits and medicinal use of Anise can be attributed to its properties like carminative, anti septic, anti spasmodic, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, sedative and stimulant. Health benefits and medicinal uses of Anise is summarized below:
Ajowan or Ajwain (scientific name Trachyspermum ammi pronounced aj’o-wen) is from same family as caraway or cumin. Ajowan also known as carom / Ajave/ Ethiopian Cumin or Omam, is common spice in Indian cooking.
Ajowan seeds are often chewed on their own after a meal for medicinal value. Ajowan tastes hot and leave tongue numb for a while. Crushed or cooked ajowan leaves strong and distinctive thyme-like aroma. Oil of Ajwain seeds essential contains Thymol. Thymol constitutes more than 50% of Ajowan oil.
Health benefits of Ajowain seeds are known traditionally and it is only because of these health and medicinal benefits of ajowain seeds, it finds its place as home remedies for common ailments. Health benefits of Ajwain seeds and other medicinal uses of Ajwain are summarized below: