Posted 1/11/2015 10:40 AM (GMT -7)
I have never found fennel to have a laxative effect with me and I drink it every day. I also really like licorice and like the taste quite a bit. You can always add some mint or ginger to the tea to disguise the taste. If you make it as a loose tea, you can change the fennel/mint/ginger ratio until you find something you like. Honey would be fine to sweeten it, but I don't think it would change the taste all that much.
My grandmother had CD and her favorite drink was lemon and honey in hot water, she said she found it to be very soothing for her stomach. I have never cared for it.