Caution needed if you suffer from reflux.
Aniseed is an excellent remedy for bloating and sluggish digestion. It is a gentle stimulant for the digestive system as well as a carminative, i.e. a herb that deals with excessive wind. It is a good alternative to peppermint.
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How to take
The best way to use it is to add a few drops of aniseed tincture to water or any other herbal tea and drink it after a meal. You can chew a few aniseed seeds directly if you like the flavour, which is a common habit in some curry houses and greatly aids digestion.
Adults: 1-2ml diluted with some water, 1-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:2.
Children (2-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.
Barberry Benefits & Information
Warning: do not ingest when pregnant or breastfeeding.
Otherwise known as berberis, this herb is an effective antimicrobial agent for infections of the digestive tract. It can be used for gastritis, food poisoning, and diarrhoea of various origins.
Barberry works well in combination with chamomile and witch hazel (see diarrhoea, post 58).
How to take
A tincture is preferable to a tea; take it either by itself or in combination with other herbs.
Adults: 2-4ml diluted with some water, 1-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:10.
Children (2-16 years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.
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