Anise tea is very popular in the Middle east. It is sometimes used medicinally to sooth a stomachache or to relieve gas.
3 cups boiling water
2 teaspoons whole anise seeds, or 2 teaspoons dried anise leaves
2 tea bags
1. Boil 1-1/2 cups water with anise seeds. In another pot, boil 1-1/2 cups water. Add tea bags. Steep both for 10 minutes. Strain anise water into pot with tea. Pour into serving cups. Add lemon and honey if desired.