As much as I don’t want to admit it, winter is almost here! Tea is crucial to my staying warm protocol and chai is a wonderful treat to end any cold night with! Chai also makes the perfect gift!
Chai can be blended with a variety of different spices and teas. I chose ones that are familiar to me and that offer some health benefits along with being tasty. *Click on the name of each ingredient to view where you could purchase it.
Darjeeling tea – Contains polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants that can help prevent illness by fighting free radicals. It provides protection to the teeth from bacteria and can also protect the stomach from gastric ulcers. The tea leaves contain a substance called L-thenine which help the body relax and relieves stress. It does contain caffeine so keep that in mind and opt for a Rooibos which is naturally decaffeinated if desired.
Ginger – A wonderful carminative herb that helps with digestion and is both warming and soothing to the body.
Cloves – A mild analgesic and very calming to the nervous system. Promotes relaxation and pain relief by reducing inflammation. They can also help relieve upper respiratory tract infections and reduce phlegm. It’s said to be an aphrodisiac.
Cardamom – Helps combat depression which get worse for some this time of year. It aids digestion which can also be more sluggish with holiday food! It also helps with detoxification, is great for fighting pathogens and is also considered an aphrodisiac.
Vanilla Beans – Add incredible flavor, are also considered an aphrodisiac and help reduce anxiety. They are also chock full of antioxidants.
Nutmeg – Warming, aromatic, stimulating to the brain and nervous system. It may help ease anxiety, depression, fatigue and stress. It helps reduce inflammation and is wonderful for the skin, liver and kidneys.
Cinnamon Chips – Also warm, aromatic and stimulating. It helps fight infection, reduce cholesterol, can help with menstrual pain and inflammation. It’s an amazing spice that is wonderfully versatile and definitely underestimated!
- 4 cups Darjeeling or Rooibos Tea
- 1 cup cinnamon chips
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup ground nutmeg
- 1 cup ginger
- 1 cup cardamom pods
- 1/2 cup whole cloves
- 4 vanilla beans, cut into small pieces
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Scoop into individual tea tins and package as desired.
- To Brew: Place one teaspoon of chai in a tea ball or infuser with one cup of hot water. Steep for 15-20 minutes. Remove tea and sweeten with raw honey and add cream if desired.
Don’t want to make it yourself? I have a limited supply available at 90210 Organics for purchase!
The herbs used to make Winter Chai are also available at the following stores:
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Disclaimer: I am an herbalist but I am not a medical doctor or nurse. The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information presented here is not intended to be construed as medical advice or to prevent, treat, or cure any disease. Please check with your health care provider if you are taking any prescription medication. I am not responsible for misuse of herbs by consumer.
Sarah is a wife, mom of 5, horse farm owner at Outlaw Acres Iowa, and real food blogger at Real Food Outlaws. She is also a Master Herbalist and owns 90210 Organics, an Eco-boutique and Apothecary. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College and is a Clinical/Functional Nutritionist and Advanced Nutrition Response Testing™ Practitioner at Natural Health Improvement Center of Des Moines, and owns Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey. You can often find her barefoot in the garden (or kitchen), or rummaging through a refrigerator (not necessarily her own).