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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Herbal Treatments For Toothache and Teething

There aren’t many pains that are worse than toothache. Whether it is from cavities, the roots of teeth or from the gums, it is a pain that nobody wants to have. It is even worse when it is a young child who is teething, since they have no idea what is happening. They only know that it hurts. Either way, it is painful and it is a common occurrence that you can’t get in to see a dentist immediately. Thankfully, there are some sound and safe herbal treatments that might help. What to avoid Before mentioning what can be used to alleviate toothache and gum pain, there are some things that should be avoided. It does little good to get rid of the pain only to do something that brings it right back. Avoid eating sugar, which almost always increases pain. This might sound like it is common sense, but one of the biggest culprits is toothpaste. Most toothpaste on the market contains high levels of sugar. If you need to brush your teeth, use baking soda, not toothpaste. Avoid hot and cold foods. Both heat and cold cause more nerves to be active. This is especially true if the cause of the pain is a cavity. This also means that you should breathe through your nose rather than your mouth to avoid temperature changes over the painful area, too. Anise Anise and anise extract are superb for easing toothache pain. Swabbing the gums with anise numbs them and brings Continue Reading →


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