My best friend Martha makes this tea that can wash all my stress away in just one sip. Maybe it’s because the tea is made with anise seed, the base for licorice. Yensoon (anise) is what I was given to drink when I experienced stomach upset in Lebanon. In addition to having calming properties (it put me to sleep the first time I drank it), it also greatly relaxes the stomach. This recipe doesn’t use enough anise to knock you out. Martha brews it with a decaf green tea. Add some sugar or honey for a real treat. Either way, prepare for a hypnotic effect.
This tea is fantastic for little tummies during the stomach bug season.
Makes 2 cups
2 cups water
1 tsp anise seed
2 (decaf) green tea bags
Place anise in water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Allow to steep 3-5 minutes. Pour through strainer into each cup. Add sugar if desired. Enjoy!
If you are looking for anise, consider this source.