Chai tea is a fragrant and spicy tea. But this isn’t your average tea. The herbs used to create this delightful tonic are strong and powerful alone and when combined they have a synergistic effect that makes it more like a traditional medicinal formula.
I love to keep a decaffeinated version of the traditional Indian tea on hand during the winter months. It supports a healthy immune system and wards off colds and flu. It also promotes healthy digestion and relieve inflammation.
Let’s take a look at these powerhouse ingredients:
Dried Ginger – great for inflammation, as well as cold and flu symptoms
Cinnamon- great for regulating blood sugar
Cardamom Pods- high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory
Star Anise- great for digestion
White Cloves- high in antioxidants and helps fight off bacteria
Peppercorns- great for digestion and circulation
Decaffeinated Chai Tea Recipe from Learning Herbs:
1 teaspoon dried ginger pieces
1 cinnamon stick broken into pieces
2 cardamom pods
1 star anise
2 whole cloves and
5 whole peppercorns in a medium saucepan with 21⁄2 cups water.
Simmer for 20 minutes. Strain.
Drink warm with milk and honey as desired.
Or if you are pressed for time you can purchase a bag from Mountain Rose Herbs!
It has a similar recipe still packed with powerhouse ingredients.
Does anyone else love to sip on chai tea during the winter months?