Throughout ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, the dried fruit of the aniseed plant was used as a spice and medicine. Its sweet, aromatic taste made it a popular breath freshener, and it was also valued for aiding digestive disorders. Today, aniseed is a natural remedy for treating stomach upsets and intestinal gas, as well as coughs and colds. Studies have found aniseed to be beneficial in soothing symptoms of mild indigestion, including bloating and flatulence. It can also act as an appetite stimulant and a diuretic. Women can take aniseed to help increase their milk flow while breastfeeding, as well as to relieve period pains, ease childbirth, and increase sex drive. Men may find aniseed beneficial for symptoms of the “male menopause”. Aniseed is also useful in the treatment of insomnia.