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    Default Is anise tea safe?

    I have heard that drinking chamomile tea is good for mom and baby but the chamomile tea I have is a chamomile with anise tea ... I have tried to research the anise tea and I found a number of different things which some contradict each other. One was an article that indicated it is not safe while others indicated it helps milk supply and gassy babies ... To be on the safe side I decided not to use it but I was wondering if anyone is familiar or is taking it ... I would like your input

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    Default Re: Is anise tea safe?

    I think it's safe. My cousin drank a cup of it every day and swore it was good for gassy babies.

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    Exclamation Re: Is anise tea safe?

    The anise which is unsafe is 'star anise'. Neither you nor your baby should drink any tea containing star anise. The Chinese star anise is supposed to be safe, but Japanese star anise is extremely toxic, and when dried they look identical. There are serious concerns that many of the world's Chinese star anise supplies may be contaminated with (or even substituted with) the toxic Japanese star anise. Therefore, the FDA has issued a warning to avoid all products containing any form of star anise.
    Reference: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/ma...ticlekey=24284

    Star anise is not real anise anyway - it just tastes similar, as they both contain the aromatic compound anethole. They are two totally unrelated plants: true anise is Pimpinella anisum; Chinese star anise is Illicium verum, and Japanese star anise is Illicium anisatum.

    It is very hard to find any products on the western market using true anise, as it has been edged out by the much cheaper star anise. So my advice would be to avoid anything with anise (particularly if you are breast-feeding or pregnant). There is too much risk of ingesting products contaminated by Japanese star anise.

    Whilst we're on the subject of toxic herbs, I should also give warning about licorice tea, as some people may be tempted to try that as an alternative to anise tea. Excessive consumption of licorice leads to dangerous side effects, due to a chemical called glycyrrhizic acid. Licorice is unsafe for pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers.
    Reference: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/d...81.html#Safety

    Fennel tea may also taste similar and is reputed to have a calming effect on the digestive system. However, I came across the following warnings.

    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the safety of using fennel during pregnancy. It’s best to avoid use.

    During breast-feeding, fennel is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. It’s been reported that two breast-feeding infants experienced damage to their nervous systems after their mothers drank an herbal tea that contained fennel.

    Allergy to celery, carrot or mugwort: Fennel might cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to these plants.

    Hormone-sensitive condition such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Fennel might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don’t use fennel.

    Last edited by @llli*joiraida; January 17th, 2012 at 05:52 PM. Reason: Added citation for last paragraph

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