Recipes

Homemade yogi tea

Herbal teas are one of the joys of the yogic diet, and they are best when fresh and homemade! Here are some favourite recipes.

Refreshing and warming – this recipe has many health benefits and is very easy to make. Just cook some water, put a piece of star anise and a stick of cinnamon in your glass and wait for a few minutes. The anise is refreshing and vitalising, the cinnamon warm and strong. A perfect boost on a cold winter’s day!

Spicy and cleansing – another simple yet very popular tea: ginger and lemon. Take one centimeter of ginger root, grate or mince with a sharp knife, mix with some grated lemon peel and a hint of lemon juice. Pour into a pot of hot water. If you really want to go crazy, add some ground lemon grass, black pepper and turmeric. Both lemon and ginger are cleansing, known as a natural remedy against cold and sore throat. In the latter case, adding some honey is not a bad idea.

Creamy and calming – maybe it’s not a classical ayurvedic herbal tea, but this Indian recipe couldn’t be left out of the list: chai tea! You can make it with or without tea leaves – that’s up to you. For a herbal chai latte, you need the following spices:

  • 2 whole cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Boil two cups of water in a pan and add the spices (keep a small amount aside), then cook for 5 minutes. In the mean time, warm two cups of soy milk in another pan. Just before the milk starts to boil, take the pan off the stove and use a wire whisk to foam it. Fill your teacups with half herbal tea, half milk foam, and top off with the spices you kept aside.

This heart-warming chai tea latte is the best after a walk in a winter wonderland, or just before bedtime – the warm milk will help you fall asleep easily.

 

Do you have a favourite? Or do you feel inspired to create your own recipes? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below!

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