I was talking to a friend on the phone the other morning and she mentioned eating black licorice for IBS. That got me thinking about my fennel which had just come into bloom.
I truly love fennel flowers and they taste exactly like black licorice and have the same calming effect on your belly as the candies/sugared-filled kind.
I taste tested a flower on my husband and he swears it’s what the candy is made from. You can grow it yourself (very easily) or buy the seeds here
You can even make a belly-calming tea that is delicious, if you like black licorice that is.
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
2 tablespoons fresh lemon balm
Sweetener of your choice (I drink it without)
1 cup hot water
Steep the seeds for 5 minutes with something to cover the mug and you’re set after straining out the seeds.