Many people have heard of expensive and often painful wrinkle-reducing treatments such as Botox, dermal fillers, dermabrasion and chemical peels. But there’s a way to reduce the appearance of deep facial wrinkles in a way that’s easy, inexpensive and painless. It is a simple tea made of anise, a spice that’s easily found in many supermarkets and can even be grown in a pot on the windowsill.
What Is Anise?
Anise is an herb that’s native to the Mediterranean and is now grown in warm climates all over the world. It’s an annual, which means it lives for a season then dies after putting forth seeds. The plant grows to about 2.5 feet tall and is covered with fine hairs. The leaves are feathery, and both the leaves and the seeds have a distinct, sweet, licorice-like flavor. All parts of the plant can be used, including the oil and the roots.
The herb is not only used medicinally but in foods, where the fresh leaves are added to stews, sauces, salads, meats and soups. Anise seed is also used in baking, liqueurs and condiments. Vermouth, ouzo and anisette are spirits that are famously flavored with anise seed. Anise is also used to flavor candies and cookies.
The most important compound in anise is anethole, which has estrogen-like effects and is used to treat reproductive problems in both men and women. These effects are most likely what allows the anise tea to smooth away facial wrinkles. Anethole also has antimicrobial, antifungal and insecticidal properties. This also supports the health of the skin.