Folk Names: Common Anise, Aniseed, Sweet Cumin
Powers: Contacting other planes, divination, love, passion, preventing nightmares, protection, psychic development, psychic protection, purification Other magickal uses: Clairvoyance, cleansing, consecration, fertility, gain, good luck, happiness, money, weddings
Magical: Anise Seed is best known for its use as a flavoring, but in magical practice, it is said to Increase Psychic Abilities and ward off the Evil Eye. As an Apotropaic Charm, a pinch of Anise Seed is wrapped in a white handkerchief and carried in the pocket. As an aid in the perception of Psychic Phenomena, the inducement of Spiritual Trances, and the promotion of Prophetic Visions of the Future, some folks make up a mojo bag with Anise Seed, Althaea Leaf, Acacia, Calendula, and Star Anise and keep it beneath the pillow where they sleep. Others brew crushed Anise Seed in water to drink as a tea before commencing spiritual practices or add it to resin incenses such as Myrrh or Dragon's Blood and burn it while making invocations.
Medicinal: Anise is an herb. The seed and oil are used to make medicine. Less commonly, the root and leaf are used to make medicine as well. Do not confuse anise with other herbs called star anise or fennel. These are sometimes called anise.
Anise is used for upset stomach, intestinal gas, runny nose, and as an expectorant to increase productive cough. It is also used to increase urination and to stimulate the appetite. Women use anise to increase milk flow when nursing, start menstruation, treat menstrual discomfort or pain, ease childbirth, and increase sex drive. Men use anise to treat symptoms of "male menopause." Other uses include treatment of seizures, nicotine dependence, trouble sleeping (insomnia), asthma, diabetes, and constipation.
Some people apply anise directly to the skin to treat lice, scabies, and psoriasis.
As aromatherapy, anise is used for nausea.
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Disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor and cannot give out medical advice. Crystals and energy healing should be used as a compliment to other therapies and not as a replacement for regular medical care.