Anise Tea (Shai Ma Yansoon)

Total Time
Prep 1 min
Cook 7 mins

This tea is commonly used in Mid East and Puerto Rico, especially for upset tummies, and it is commonly given to colicky babies. If you like anise try this tea and you will be pleased that it makes a nice light tea.


  1. Combine ingredients into a teapot and bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling point is achieved, let boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour into your favorite tea cup and enjoy!
Most Helpful

This is wonderful tea!! It had such a light, sweet and refreshing flavor. I didn't add any sweetener as I found the anise seeds add their own sweetness. I'll be making this often...I first saw you recommend it to Jamilah's kitchen on the Ramadan Tag forum and had to try it. Thanks for sharing chef FIFI. :)

Leah's Kitchen September 23, 2009

This is wonderfully refreshing. I like it both hot and iced. I have also tried it with fennel seed since they have a similar licorice flavor. Thanks for posting!

nott March 06, 2008

I really enjoyed this. It's very easy & very light tasting. I didn't add any sweetener. Also, I did crush the anise seeds just a little before adding them to the water. Thanks.

CaramelPie February 06, 2008