This aromatic hot beverage is flavored with star anise and cinnamon sticks. Both, black tea leaves and green tea leaves can be used. Star Anise gives the tea a little pungent, licorice-like flavor, balanced by wonderuf aroma of cinnamon. Star Anise (also called Chinese Star Anise) tea is great for cold as is used to treat respiratory infections. It alos treats nausea, constipation and other digestive issues.