Anise tincture, in polish called nalewka z anyżu has a long history. Anise comes from Asia Minor and has settled in Europe in the ninth century. Healing properties have anise fruits, whose volatile oils contain a lot of anethole.
How to make anise tincture? Pour 8 fl oz (240ml) of spirit into a dark glass bottle, add 1 oz (30g) of anise and set aside in a dark place for 2 weeks. After this time, drain the liquid and set aside in a tightly closed bottle, you can sweeten it with honey. Let it mature for 3-4 months at least, after that time it is ready to use.
Do you want to know more about anise tincture? Keep reading – I will cover uses, benefits, dosage, contraindications and at the end of the article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful (here link to my article about supplies) when you will be making anise tincture by yourself. I’m making tinctures from 2001 and have gathered and read dozens of books about them, so information that you will find in this article should be helpful 🙂
Where to buy anise for tincture?
If you are not using fresh fruits you can find dried anise on Amazon here – Star Anise Seeds (Anis Estrella), Whole Chinese Star Anise Pods, Dried Anise Star Spice, 4 oz.
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Anise tincture uses, benefits – what is it good for
Anise tincture and other anise supplements help can help with:
- reduces coughing and sleep discomfort in people with allergic asthma,
- improves constipation in some people,
- improves feelings of depression in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),
- lowers blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
Anise was used already in the medicine of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. Despite the passage of years, this spice is still used in natural healing methods. Anise will be especially useful for people who suffer from indigestion, so it helps with the effects of overeating.
This plant stimulates the secretion of gastric juices. In addition, it has a carminative and diastolic effect.
Anise tincture dosage
We take anise tincture 3 times a day, 15-20 drops dissolved in water or with sugar.
Anise tincture recipe
Another recipe for anise tincture requires 1/2 oz of anise and 16 fl oz of vodka, plus a stick of cinnamon, 5 cloves and some thinly sliced peel from 1 lemon. Mix all ingredients in an airtight jar and leave in a warm, dark place, shaking it occasionally. After a month anise tincture should be filtered and poured into dark glass bottles. Set aside for at least 2 months. The longer the tincture stands, the better it gets.
Anise tincture recipe without alcohol
Alcohol tinctures are probably the most potent way to get healing and balancing benefits of herbs for our use.
But if you can’t or don’t want to consume alcohol, or you should not give it to kids, as a substitute you can make a glycerin-based, alcohol-free herbal extract, also called an herbal glycerite. Such extract is not as strong or long-lasting as alcohol tinctures, but it takes only up to 3 days to make it.
Recipe to prepare anise glycerite without alcohol: put herbs in a jar about 1/8 way, fill to the top with glycerine. Cover and put in a slow cooker (or Instant Pot with a slow cooker feature) that’s lined with a towel and filled with water — run on low for 3 days. After that remove and strain, keep in a dry and cool place in dark glass bottles.
Anise tincture contraindications and side effects
Anise tincture might cause allergic reactions in some people who are allergic to other plants that are similar to anise. Plants that are similar to anise include asparagus, caraway, celery, coriander, cumin, dill, and fennel.
Anise might lower blood sugar. If you have diabetes and use anise tincture watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully.
What type of alcohol is used for anise tincture?
Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume work best. When using dried anise, your best bet is to stick to an 80 or 90-proof alcohol, as it does not have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the herb out of it.
How long does anise tincture last?
When stored in a cool, dry place, anise tincture lasts at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, it will last longer because the light will not damage it. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing it in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season.
Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home
I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.
- Airtight jars.
- Mortar for herbs – granite.
- Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
- Funnels for filling bottles.
- Large bottles, dark glass.
- Medium bottles, dark glass.
- Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
- Cloth for tincture filtering.
- Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
- Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
- Tincture press for better extraction.
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Other names of anise
It is also known under such names: Anyż, Anis, Anís, Anis Vert, Aniseed, Anise Essential Oil, Anise Oil, Anisi Fructus, Dohn-e-Anisoon, Graine d’Anis Vert, Green Anise, Huile Essentielle d’Anis, Phytoestrogen, Phyto-Œstrogène, Pimpinella anisum, Pinella, Semen Anisi, Shatpushpa, Sweet Cumin, Velaiti Saunf.
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