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Kawakawa Tea

Naturopath Lauren Glucina
A warming, rejuvenating tonic - the peppery kawakawa leaves pair beautifully with lemon and ginger, with just a dash of honey to sweeten.
4.63 from 8 votes
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drink
Cuisine Herbal
Servings 1
Calories 16 kcal


  • 2-3 fresh kawakawa leaves
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Slice of fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon Manuka honey


  • Place the kawakawa leaves in a pot with the water and ginger, bring to a boil then reduce down to a simmer for 15 minutes, allowing water to reduce by a ¼ cup.
  • Strain and serve with a squeeze of lemon juice. Stir in raw Manuka honey as the tea starts to cool to preserve its antimicrobial properties.


  • Kawakawa is endemic to New Zealand and easy enough to forage, however try a health food store for the dried leaf if you aren't confident with your plant identification
  • If using the dried leaf, use one teaspoon (up to 4g) per cup of water
  • See the below for some delicious yet therapeutic flavour variants:
  • Digestive blend: kawakawa, ginger, cinnamon, dandelion root
  • Invigorating blend: kawakawa, ginger, lemongrass, sencha green tea
  • Immune blend: kawakawa, sage, thyme, lemon (chilled and gargled)
  • Skin cleansing blend: kawakawa, dandelion root, calendula, nettle leaf
  • Summer iced tea: kawakawa, peppermint, lemon and basil


Serving: 250mlCalories: 16kcalCarbohydrates: 5gSugar: 3g
Keyword Kawakawa Tea
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