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European or green anise may be mistaken for another different spice with similar actions and flavor: Star anise.
Although star anise contains some of the same ingredients, it may not be safe to give to small children, because it may be toxic to the nervous system (see Star Anise).
Anise seed is used to make a tea to reduce gases (flatulence).
Anise tea is used to promote digestion.
Anise is used in many candies as a licorice-type flavoring.
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