Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 08, 2017: This is a very interesting article. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 25, 2012: I agree, Peggy - more research does need to be done. Likewise, since the oil is for detoxing, it increases blood flow as well as guards the heart to be healthy and normal in rhythm. Since it enhances digestive features, it is excellent treatment ... 2. Likewise, anise oil is venomous to many pests, and it has been used to eliminate scabies as well as lice infections. Anise tea contains a number of natural antiseptic properties, which help to eliminate bacterial infections. These are uncharged molecules that will damage cells, proteins and DNA to find electrons to pair with. Until then, we need to be careful when eating or drinking products containing them. One of the key structural proteins in skin is collagen, which helps it to keep its integrity in place. I love black licorice! Insomnia or sleeplessness can be as a result of many things, but many times stress and anxiety are the causes, in otherwise healthy people. The oil should generally be saturated along with cream to reduce your risk of pain. Also it contains aromatic volatile oils, so it's used as a primary raw material in the manufacture of many perfumes. In the UK, the word is spelled "liquorice". During the onset and following menopause, estrogen levels drop significantly and women experience the worst their bodies have to offer. 20. These products have had their glycyrrhizin removed and may therefore be safe. I use the following 5 essential oils in my DIY all-natural whitening & remineralizing toothpaste and DIY all-natural herbal mouth mouthwash. Star anise contains many medicinal compounds that contribute to its long list of health benefits. Bronchitis, sinusitis, influenza and pneumonia may also be treated along with help of anise seeds. Vitamin A can minimize the appearance of scarring due to acne or stretch marks, adding another dimension to the wellbeing of your skin. It seems to offer some great health benefits, but it's important not to eat too much of it. Anise herb is extremely therapeutic for the digestive system. I hope that someone invents it!! Pharaoh han, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 License. Go researchers!!! Bacteria in biofilms are much harder to attack than those outside biofilms. It also seems to be responsible for many of the potentially dangerous effects of the substance. However, it’s also effective herbal for asthma problem. A biofilm is a collection of bacteria embedded in a protective polysaccharide layer. It's delicious! In addition to being eaten whole and chopped, it can be boiled in water to make an extract. Streptococcus mutans is a common cause of tooth decay. I think with all natural and herbal remedies it is important for people to investigate any potential side effects as well as the benefits, Licorice manufacturers encouraged to state. Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on January 11, 2012: Sounds like a tricky chemical. I used to love those licorice strands of candy when I was a kid but even back then seldom ate much candy. Went to the ER and was fine, but she was surprised. In that same vein, foods that have estrogenic properties can also offer invaluable help in managing symptoms, such as star anise. Just as some diseases can cause poor oral health conditions, poor oral hygiene can increase the risk of other diseases. I've used toothpaste containing licorice, but just a small amount of licorice was added to the toothpaste to improve its flavor, not to be antibacterial. There is no research regarding its safety for pregnant women but nor is there any negative evidence.