Anise extract has a subtle taste of licorice. The extract contains a liquid alcohol base. Anise extract is commonly used in baking to add licorice flavor to the finished product.
The ingredients in anise extract include alcohol, water and oil of anise. Anise extract is typically used for baking and cooking purposes. Anise is an herb, and anise seed and anise oil are used to make herbal medicine. Anise-based medicines can be used to alleviate intestinal gas and upset stomach. Anise can also be applied to the skin to treat scabies, lice and psoriasis. Another common use for anise is in the fragrance in soaps and perfumes.