Apothecary Chronicles: A is for Anise

Wow! It’s been a long time since I did an Apothecary Chronicles post. I decided I was going to do this project to get me in the habit of posting and then then totally didn’t get in the habit of posting. For a while this had to do with the difficulty of finding anise lying around, but then I found some anise and it’s been sitting around waiting for me to get to using it.

I finally did last week. The anise being discussed here isn’t star anise, but the kind of anise often referred to as “aniseed”. There actually weren’t really any recipes given for it, but some uses were listed. It’s apparently mostly useful for mothers and babies, as it brings on mother’s milk and relieves colic. So… not so much useful for me, though it would have been good to have on hand before my friend’s baby grew out past the infant stage. (Really need to start doing these more often!)

The closest it got to a recipe for this chapter, which I did make, was a “sleepytime toddy” involving steeping anise in warm milk. I substituted almond milk because I am lactose intolerant, and it tasted nice enough, I suppose. It didn’t do anything for my cough. But if you like anise it’s not a bad thing to have late at night.


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