Flavoring; Volatile oils from the fruit are used as an expectorant, anti-spasmodic, parasiticide, and aromatic.
Anise is an annual herb growing from 1-2 feet tall with an erect, smooth stem and woody root. Upper leaves are feathery and delicate. Flowers are tiny white or yellow-white and grow in umbrella-like clusters. Essential oil is produced by flat, ovate downy seed-like fruits.