This chai tea recipe is so simple and easy to make, not to mention one of the healthiest things you can drink! Its blissful aroma will calm and invigorate the mind, and its ingredients nurture and heal the body in an astounding amount of ways. At the bottom of this post I list a few of the benefits of each spice.
1 cinnamon stick
3 cardamom pods
2-4 black peppercorns (optional)
1/2 inch of fresh ginger, sliced.
2 black teabags
1.5 cups of milk
sugar (to taste)
Place the cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom pods, peppercorns and ginger into a pot on the stove. Add 1 cup of water and slowly bring to the boil. Simmer, covered, for 5-10 minutes.
Add 1-2 heaped teaspoons of sugar, stir until disolved. The sugar draws out the flavor of the spices.
Add 1.5 cups of milk. Stir until it simmers, then switch off the heat. Place teabags in the pot, give them a jiggle, then place the lid and leave to stoop for 5 minutes.
Strain, and enjoy!
Cinnamon: Regulates blood-sugar levels, lowers LDL cholesterol, and helps female infertility by regulating hormones. The chemical cinnameldehyde has been shown to increase progesterone and decrease testosterone in women. This chemical also gives cinnamon anti-inflammatory and and anti blood-clotting properties. The smell of cinnamon has been proven to be good for you too, with studies having shown it to improve cognitive function and memory.
Clove: Anti-inflammatory, treats toothache, and is a very good source of omega-3.
Cardamom pod: Improves circulation, particularly respiratory circulation. Aids in digestion, and is used in Ayuvedic medicine as an anti-depressant.
Black Peppercorn: Stimulates the breakdown of fat cells, assisting in weight loss. Promotes intestinal health, and contains anti-oxidant as well as anti-bacterial properties.
Ginger: Anti-inflammatory, heals an upset stomach and eases nausea. It improves circulation, and aids in the body’s absorption of nutrients. Excellent for the immune system, it is great to prevent/ treat cold and flu. It has also been seen to promote cell death of ovarian cancer in scientific studies.