Star Anise Tea

Star anise tea is a magic remedy for colds, flu, or any other sickness. This warm tea is comforting and is a delicious combination of manuka honey, lemon, ginger, and star anise.

star anise tea

If you’re feeling sick or starting to feel something come on – make this star anise tea ASAP. This tea is jam-packed with healing ingredients to help you feel better quickly!

I have personally used this tea to help reduce the severity of colds or to stop an illness from developing! If you enjoy warm beverages and are looking for a sickness remedy – this is a recipe you definitely want to try!

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Star Anise Tea Ingredients

If you want to make star anise tea, you will need warm water, manuka honey, the juice from half of a lemon, sliced ginger and star anise pods.

Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is a type of honey that is native to New Zealand. This type of honey is unique because it is produced by bees who pollinate the flower commonly known as the Manuka bush.

Here are some benefits of manuka honey:

  • Has antiviral benefits
  • Is anti-inflammatory
  • Has antioxidant benefits
  • Has antibacterial properties
  • Aids in wound healing
  • Promotes oral health
  • Soothes sore throats
  • Can improve digestive symptoms
  • Can help with treating acne
  • Helps with tissue regeneration


Here are a few of the benefits of lemon:

  • Contains high amounts of vitamin C
  • Contains soluble fiber
  • May help to improve digestive health
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Helps prevent kidney stones


Here are a few benefits of ginger:

  • Contains gingerol, which has powerful medicinal properties
  • Is anti-inflammatory
  • Has powerful antioxidant benefits
  • May assist in improving heart disease risk factors
  • Can aid in indigestion
  • May help lower cholesterol levels
  • May improve brain function

Star Anise

Star anise is an age-old spice that has been used for generations for its medicinal properties. Here are a few benefits of star anise:

  • Rich in antioxidants such as such as linalool, quercetin, thymol, terpineol, caffeic acid, anethole, kaemferol, and coumaric acid, as well as a significant amount of iron
  • Contains vitamins A and C – which help fight free radicals
  • Contains thymol, terpineol and anethole – which are used for treating cough and flu
  • Helps improve digestion
  • May aid in improving skin health
  • Antibacterial effects
  • Can help support respiratory health
  • Can help fight fungal infections
  • May help balance hormones


Start by warming your water. This can be done by heating water in a pan on the stove or using an electric kettle.

Pour the water into a mug or large glass jar. Add the juice from half of a lemon, sliced ginger, manuka money and star anise pods.

Let this mixture steep for 20 minutes. After it has steeped, use a strainer to strain out the star anise pods and ginger. Then enjoy!

star anise tea

Tips For Making Star Anise Tea

Here are some tips that may be helpful for making star anise tea.

  • This recipe does make two servings. However, consider doubling the recipe so you can just reheat and consume as needed.
  • You can substitute frozen ginger if you have that on hand. However, do not use powdered ginger.
  • There is a difference between manuka honey and honey! Be sure you are using manuka honey to get the most out of this recipe.

Serving Suggestions

This recipe makes two servings. You can make and use this recipe anytime you feel an illness coming on! I personally like to consume star anise tea twice a day anytime I feel like I may be getting sick.

star anise tea

Storing Star Anise Tea

This tea makes two servings. Depending on how quickly you plan to drink the tea, it can sit on the counter until you consume the second serving.

You can also store the tea in a jar with an air-tight lid in the fridge.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between local honey and manuka honey?

Manuka honey is different than local honey because it is produced by bees who pollinate the flower commonly known as the Manuka bush. It is also darker, thicker, and more difficult to spread than local honey.

Can kids drink star anise tea?

All of these ingredients are safe for kiddos! However, this information is not medical advice, so it’s ultimately up to you to determine if you want your kiddos to consume star anise tea.

Bottom Line

If you’re feeling under the weather or feel a sickness coming on, try star anise tea! This tea has a lot of great ingredients that can help you feel better quickly.

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Yield: 2 servings

Star Anise Tea

star anise tea

This powerful Star Anise Tea can help you feel better from a cold, flu or any other sickness.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 cups warm water
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1 inch ginger, sliced
  • 1 TB manuka honey
  • 4 star anise pods


  1. Add two cups of warm water to a glass jar or mug.
  2. Juice half a lemon and add to the warm water.
  3. Wash the ginger. Cut a 1 inch piece. Then slice the ginger. Add the ginger to the water and lemon mixture.
  4. Add 1 TB manuka honey to the water, lemon and ginger. Stir until dissolved.
  5. Top your mixture with 4 star anise pods.
  6. Allow the tea to steep for 20 minutes before consuming. Prior to drinking, strain out the ginger slices and star anise pods.
  7. Enjoy!


You could substitute frozen ginger or crushed ginger as another option. Additionally, you can choose to strain out the ginger and star anise pods to make this tea easier to drink.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 1g