Information on Sweet Cicely

Latin NameOsmorhiza longistylis
Other NamesAniseroot
Part UsedFruit, Root
Herb FormsBulk herb for tea.
AffectsDigestive system, Respiratory system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoAn erect perennial herb in the Parsley family with irregularly toothed leaves and small oblong, anise-flavored fruits.
DescriptionSweet cicely has a sweet flavor similar to anise and is used for indigestion, flatulence, and lack of appetite. The seeds can either be chewed alone or made into an infusion. Related to anise and fennel, with a similar, though milder taste, it is a common wild plant. The green fruits may be eaten along the trail as a refreshing treat, and the roots as a tasty addition to trail teas, or baked or steamed with vegetables and grains as a food.

Sweet Cicely has a taste of SWEET, SPICY and a temperature of WARM.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Sweet Cicely

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Indigestiondigestive, carminativetea, whole seed chewed
Appetite, lack ofstomachictea