Immune Boosting Yogi Tea Recipe
Yogi Tea is health promoting, delicious, soothing and a great coffee substitute. Aside from the heavenly aroma of Yogi Tea, the benefits of Yogi Tea would fill pages.
The health benefits of these spices have been studied in western medicine as well. Click here for a summary of the Antioxidant Activity of Spices and Their Impact on Human Health from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
Whenever I feel a cold or fatigue begining to creep into my life I get out my tea kettle and boil this combination of spices. If it doesn’t nip the illness in the bud right away, it certainly eases the symptoms and shortens the duration.
In the science of yogic foods the spices used are said to have the following properties.
- Black pepper: blood purifier
- Cardamom pods: digestive aid
- Cloves: beneficial to the nervous system
- Cinnamon: strengthens the bones
- Ginger root: healing for colds and flu, increases energy
Milk in the tea helps in the easy assimilation of spices. A homeopathic dose of black tea acts as an alloy for all the ingredients, creating just the right chemical balance. While it was not a part of the original recipe, soy or other milk substitutes can be used.
For each cup:
10 ounces of water (about 1 1/3 cups)
3 whole cloves
4 whole green cardamom pods, cracked
4 whole black peppercorns
½ stick cinnamon
¼ teaspoon black tea
½ cup milk
2 slices fresh ginger root
Bring water to a boil and add spices. Cover and boil 15 to 20 minutes, then add black tea. Let sit for a few minutes, then add the milk and return to a boil. Don’t let it boil over. When it reaches a boil, remove immediately from heat, strain, and sweeten with honey, if desired.