7 Best Benefits of Anise Tea

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Anise tea is a flavorful and unique tea that can be enjoyed year-round as a nutrient-packed beverage with a number of health benefits.

What is Anise Tea?

Anise tea is an herbal tea prepared with the seeds and leaves of the anise plant, which bears the scientific name Pimpinella anisumAnise has been cultivated and widely used in the Middle East and the Mediterranean region for thousands of years, both as a culinary ingredient and as an element in natural health practices. As a medicinal tool, anise is most commonly made into a tea, although the essential oil of these seeds is also sought after.

Anise has a very recognizable flavor, similar to licorice, tarragon, and fennel, and while this makes it unappealing for some people, it remains widely popular.

Anise Tea Benefits

The most important health benefits of anise tea include relieving digestion problems, cough, asthma, and sore throats, boosting the immunity, stimulating the appetite, and soothing inflammatory conditions, among others.

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Aids in Digestion

One of the oldest uses of anise tea is as a mild laxative. Drinking this tea when you are feeling a bit blocked up can quickly stimulate the movements in your colon and relieve symptoms of constipation.

Relieves Inflammation

This tea has a number of active ingredients and anti-inflammatory compounds that make it a soothing and relaxing beverage, both mentally and physically, such as for conditions like arthritis, gout, headaches, and chronic injuries.

Boosts Immune System

With antiviral and antibacterial compounds in these powerful seeds, a cup of this tea makes for an excellent immune system booster, in addition to the various antioxidants found in this beverage.

Relieves Respiratory Ailments

Functioning as an expectorant and an anti-inflammatory agent, this tea can soothe any irritation in the respiratory tracts, ease your need to cough and soothe sore throats, while also neutralizing the underlying infection or pathogen causing the symptoms.

Aids in Lactation

Although using any herbal remedy during pregnancy or breastfeeding should be done carefully, there is good evidence that anise tea can increase milk production and lactation, in case you are struggling to keep your infant fed.

Glass kettle and two cups filled with anise tea, anise leaves, and anise seeds on a wooden table

Cute little kettle and tea cup on a table. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Stimulates Appetite

There is a lot of anecdotal evidence that anise tea can help to stimulate the appetite, helping people who are recovering from surgery or illness, as well as those suffering from an eating disorder.

Maintains Hormonal Balance

Anise has certain hormone-mimicking properties and the ability to regulate hormone fluctuations in the body, helping everything from sleep issues to PMS. It can even stimulate menstruation.

How to Make Anise Tea?

Making your own anise tea at home is quite simple and only requires dried anise seeds. You can also make decoctions or infusions – weaker brews – with the dried leaves or fresh seeds. Take a look at the recipe below.

Star anise tea in a cup and anise kept around the cup

Easy-to-Make Star Anise Tea Recipe

A daily dosage of this sweet, aromatic tea is all you need to brighten up your day!
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: South east Asian
Keyword: star anise, star anise tea
Appliance: Stove
Servings: 2 people
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp fresh anise seeds
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)

Instructions

  • To make star anise tea, crush the anise seeds, which have a star shape, although they do not need to be completely powdered.
  • Bring a pot of water to boil and pour over the crushed seeds in a teacup.
  • Allow the mixture to steep for 10-12 minutes, allowing as many active ingredients to be released as possible.
  • Strain out the anise seeds, if desired, although they should remain at the bottom of the cup. Add a tsp of honey or any other sweetener you prefer and mix well. Serve the tea warm and enjoy!
    A flat-lay picture of star anise tea surrounded by star anise spices and a red table clock

Notes

If you want to enhance the flavor of the tea, you can add other spices like cardamom seeds, cinnamon sticks, ginger root, solomon seal root, and cloves, which go exceptionally well with star anise.

Anise Tea Side Effects

There are some side effects, which you should be aware of, before adding anise tea to your diet. These side effects include interactions with other medications, allergic reactions, and potential complications in pregnancy.

  • Drug Interactions: Studies have found that anise tea can have negative interactions with certain medications, particularly those for hormonal regulation. Since anise can partially mimic estrogen in the body, it can cause hormonal medication, such as birth control, to be less effective. Other research claims that it can interfere with certain medications.
  • Allergic Reactions: There have been a number of reports of allergic reactions to anise tea, including those of the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. While the reactions are usually mild, and in response to an excessive amount of the tea being drunk, allergies to this herb do exist.
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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