Amazing wild anise

  Wild anise, Pimpinella anisum, is a self-seeding annual that has now been naturalized in most places in the world so it grows in most countries. It likes areas where it gets plenty of moisture and a combination of both sunlight and shade. This makes proper identification important, since it often grows in the same areas that water hemlock grows and the two plants have a somewhat similar appearance. The identification really isn’t difficult, though, because crushing a wild anise leaf or seed releases an unmistakable and pleasant licorice-like aroma. Water hemlock, which is poisonous, has a disagreeable smell. The number of ways that wild anise can be used medicinally is large. The best part is that this herb has a mild action, to the point that it can be used for even young children. I had this knowledge affirmed when I went camping with my wife, our son and daughter in law and three of our grandchildren. It had taken about an hour and a half to drive our vehicles to our intended camping place. It took another hour to set up camp. Our youngest grandchild was cranky and whimpering, but I gave it little thought since the infant was obviously in unfamiliar surroundings. His whimpering continued well after dark when he finally fell asleep. A child’s pain I was up the following morning long before anyone else was awake and took in the wonderful sights and smells of the forest. My son finally got up and was joining Continue Reading →


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