THE aniseed used in the shops is produced by a small plant cultivated in fields for that purpose in the island of Malta and elsewhere. It grows to half a yard high, the stalks are firm, striated, and branched; the leaves which grow near the ground are rounded and divided only into three parts; those on the stalks are cut into slender divisions. The flowers are small, but they grow in large umbels at the top of the branches, and two seeds follow each; these are the aniseed.
As much bruised aniseed as will lie on a sixpence is excellent in cholic. 'Tis also good in indigestions, and other complaints of the stomach.
The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.