Anise is also commonly used to flavor foods, beverages, candies, and breath fresheners, and it is often used as a fragrance in soap, creams, perfumes, and sachets. You may be familiar with its licorice-like taste and scent. NOTE: Anise (Nunum in Ghanaian Language) This plant when taken in or carried with you opens the Sacrel chakra (abdomen energy centre) so that subject has gained quick thought, gift and total happiness. It also open doors for one to gain help from superior when burned and smeared. 1. Diabetes. Early research shows that taking anise seed powder daily for 2 months lowers blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. 2. Lice. Early research shows that applying a spray containing anise oil, coconut oil, and ylang ylang oil to the scalp helps to get rid of head lice. The effect of this combination spray appears to be comparable to a spray co ntaining the chemicals permethrin, malathion, piperonyl, butoxide, and isododecane. 3. Symptoms of menopause. Early research shows that taking anise seed extract daily for 4 weeks reduces how often menopausal women get hot flashes. 4. Asthma. Early research shows that drinking one cup of a tea containing anise and multiple other ingredients reduces coughing and sleep discomfort in people with allergic asthma. 5. Constipation. Early research shows that drinking an herbal tea containing anise, fennel, elderberry, and senna daily for 5 days improves constipation in some people. 6. Depression. Some research shows that taking a capsule containing anise oil daily for 4 weeks improves feelings of depression in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).