Anise - Pimpinella Anisum
The Anise plant is a member of the carrot family and is typically yields its crop in July and August. It has yellow or white flowers which have their own sweet aroma. In late summer, the plant produces brown seeds which are known as ‘aniseed’. Native to Egypt, Asia Minor, Crete and Greece and is now grown around the world wherever conditions are favorable.
Anise and the Libido
Those looking for a natural remedy to low libido and sex drive do well to take a look at anise. In ancient times anise was known to promote romance in couples who had since lost their connection. It was also added to wedding cakes to jumpstart the appropriate mood for new couples. Anise contains estrogenic compounds which in many people produces an androgenic male hormone effect by increasing libido. Studies show that anise can indeed raise libido levels within men and promote a fuller, more satisfying sex life.
Additionally, anise carries a powerful scent which makes it a commonly used essential oil. When not used in essential oils, it is used in crushed or powder form.
Additional Benefits of Anise
Besides being the perfect bedroom component, anise also provides relief from asthma, respiratory illnesses, digestive issues, colds, and powerful anti-oxidant benefits. The herb is excellent for disease prevention as well as in proper brain function. Because it is an excellent source of vitamin B-complex, it also has the potential to increase GABA neuro-chemical levels in the brain which decrease depression and anxiety. Vitamin B-complex is also known to promote higher levels of libido in the body, thereby increasing sex drive in men.
Anise is also heavily used in culinary dishes throughout Asia, Europe and the West.