The season is changing, and the time for colds and coughs is quickly approaching. To prepare you, I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite ways to handle a sore throat (and a bunch of other ailments, as well) – anise herbal tea! This amazingly flavorful herbal tea is made from the seeds of the anise plant, and its uses might surprise you…
Anise Herbal Tea
When it comes to creating the most flavorful and healing herbal tea from the anise plant – the seeds are used. Located an star-shaped pods, the seeds are split and steeped to impart their fragrance, taste, and healing gifts to your tea.
If you purchase anise herbal tea that’s already been placed in tea bags, it will likely be the consistency of a coarse powder. If you make it from raw or whole anise seeds, you’ll be using them split or cracked open so that the full power of the seed can infuse into your hot water.
Healing Properties Of Anise Herbal Tea
Coughing & Sore Throats
Anise seeds contain an amazing mucilage that coats, soothes, and tones the throat. In cases where sore throat or coughing have taken their toll on the throat, anise tea is a great choice. Many people who deal with recurring coughs due to allergies, asthma, bronchitis, or smoking detoxification are more than grateful to the nearly instant relief anise tea can offer.
Anise herbal tea is considered to be one of the most effective, gentle, and enjoyable treatments for sore throats. Make sure you stock up this year!
Here are a few other uses for this delicious and spicy herbal tea…
If you’re trying to cut soda or other sweets out of your diet, sipping anise herbal tea may help! The sweet, spicy, and satisfying taste of this tea is a great alternative to sugary beverages and treats.
Digestion, Gas, Cramps, Sour Stomach, and Nausea
Anise herbal tea has been used with great results in calming and soothing an upset stomach and digestive system. Many people find that a cup of herbal tea made from anise seeds relieves gas and cramps (gripping), and can make digestion easier when overeating or heavy foods are stressing out your system.
Alongside ginger, anise seed herbal tea is a great remedy for nausea and is a great healing option for those who crave a savory or heavy remedy when nausea hits.
Herbal tea made from anise seeds is a great way to freshen and purify the breath. The fragrance it leaves is clean, astringent-smelling, and aromatic without the ‘fake’ or overpowering scents left by many types of mint candies or gums.
Star anise is one of those herbs that does really well on its own, but there are a few herbs that really bring out the best in its healing powers, flavor, and aroma…
Soothing Anise Herbal Tea For Sore Throats
- 1 tbsp. Anise
- 1 tsp. Lavender
- 1 tsp. Elder Berries
Steep in 16 ounces hot water for 8 minutes. Strain, cool to a safe temperature, and enjoy!
To really boost the healing power of this tea so that your throat will feel better in no time, add a squeeze of fresh lemon, 1 tsp. coconut oil, and a dash of local honey.
Decadent Star Herbal Tea Recipe
Whenever a sweet tooth hits, brew up this herbal tea and get your spice and chocolate fix the healthy way!
- 5-7 Star Anise pods
- 2 tsp. Roasted Carob Nibs (Cacao Nibs work great here, too!)
- A small pinch of cinnamon (optional)
Steep in 16 ounces of boiled water for 10 minutes. Strain, cool to a safe temperature, and drink up!
Sweeten with local honey, coconut oil, vanilla, almond milk, or stevia.
This tea is also really good iced! Make according to the directions above, place in a glass jar with a lid and refrigerate until cold. Pour over ice and bring it to life with a dash of sweetened nut milk.
Enjoy! And if you have any other uses for anise seed, please use the comments below to share them!