I can name two drinks that I was given on a regular basis by my grandmother as a child when I would complain about a tummy ache or just “not feeling well”. Anise tea was one of them, the other was “white coffee”, which I will post about later. I had been reading a book on herbs lately and it does mention the benefits of anise for digestive-type ailments. When my son was born, I tried the anise tea on him when he was colicky, which was just about every night for six months, to no avail. I would end up drinking it myself to calm me down!
Aside from its medicinal properties, this tea is plain good to drink. It does not even need a sweetener. It tastes a bit like those licorice candy we used to get when we were kids. Except it won’t rot one’s teeth and it is so easy to make! I don’t know why people go out and buy all these fancy packaged teas when making a fresh herbal tea is available in your spice cabinet!
Anise seeds, about 1/4 cup for a teapot or 2 teaspoons per 8 ounces
- Grind the seeds if you have a coffee grinder or keep them whole if you don’t
- Boil some water, add the seeds or the powdered seeds, steep for 10 minutes or longer.
- Strain and enjoy hot or at room temperature.