Aniseed. The fruit, commonly called the seeds, of Pimpinella anisum. Nat. Ord. UmbelliferAe. Linn. Syst. Pentandria Digynia. Hab. Europe, Egypt, Asia. Oil of Anise is also distilled from the fruit of Illi-cium anisatum. Star Anise. Nat. Ord. Magnoliaceae. This Oil is imported from China.

Med. Prop. and Action. Carminative and stomachic. The volatile oil is a good form for internal use. Offic. Prep. Oleum Anisi. Dose, gutt. ij. - v. Dote of Aniseed, gr. xv. - lx.

237. Therapeutic Uses

Similar to those of Carum Carui.

238. Phthisis

Dr. Prout is of opinion that Aniseed has considerable power in allaying the irritation on which the cough depends. He infuses 3iij. - ss. of the bruised seeds in Oss. of water, at 120°, and lets it stand till it is cool. Dr. Wat-son* says that he has tried this as a vehicle for T. Camph. Co., when the same dose in other vehicles has failed, and that it has been frequently followed by a marked abatement of the frequency and violence of the cough.