There really is nothing cozier to me than a warm cup of tea on a chilly day. I am so pleased to share with you a quick and easy chai recipe from my dear friend Joy. Not only is it delicious, it also features some spices that are good for us too!
Cardamom – spicy & sweet flavour, third most expensive spice in the world – about 30 USD per pound, supports digestion, can help alleviate constipation, heartburn, supports circulation, has been used as an aphrodisiac, to help treat urinary tract infections, is a source of manganese, vitamin C, calcium & magnesium.
Ginger – is part of the same plant family as cardamom and turmeric, supports digestion and helps relieve nausea, may help reduce bloating & constipation too as it helps relax the smooth lining of the digestive tract, supports the immune system, enhances insulin sensitivity
Cinnamon – natural sweetener, helps with blood sugar regulation, high source of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, supports circulation and heart health, freshens breath naturally and supports dental health
Cloves – promotes digestion, supports immune system, freshens breath and supports oral health
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon or a cinnamon stick
- 1/4 tsp clove
- 1/2 c maple syrup or honey
- 2 black tea bags
- 4 c water
- Bring 4 cups of water to a boil together with the spices, maple syrup (or honey) & tea. Let simmer for a 2 or 3 minutes, then take the pot off the stove and let stand for 15 - 20 minutes. Remove tea bags and using a strainer, pour into glass jars and keep in fridge for up to 2 weeks. When you want a cup of chai, simply mix with equal parts milk. You can serve warmed or over ice.