Spice It Up: Delicious Herbal Chai

October 27, 2018

 

 

With the chill of autumn and winter comes compromised immunity, digestion, energy, and mood. There are many simple shifts we can make to help our bodies adjust & thrive in the colder season:

  • cook food well, and eat it warm

  • add warming spices to food

  • avoid cold food and drinks, especially dairy

  • dress warmly, paying particular attention to feet, ankles, calves, abdomen, and neck

  • use dry body brushing, oil massage, or salt scrubs to stimulate circulation + move lymph

One of my favorite herbal preparations for this season is herbal chai. Chai tea stimulates and activates the digestion (think of all of the heavy, rich foods we eat in the fall and winter) while at the same time supporting the gut and eliminatory channels of the body. Chai also warms the body, making it a delicious and helpful potion to reach for throughout the fall and winter. There's wisdom in the old wives' tale "catch a chill and you'll catch a cold." 

Making Your Own Herbal Chai Blend

 Below, I've compiled my favorite herbs to use in chai formulations. Because the classic chai spices are so rich, aromatic, and tasty, they serve as a great base to 'sneak' other herbs into! I love making a chai specific for pain and inflammation, a chai to build immunity, a chai for menstrual cramps...

 

I always start with 1 part of each of the classic chai spices, and choose up to 5 other herbs to add in, also using 1 part for each herb. 

 

 

classic spices:

cinnamon

cardamom

ginger

black peppercorn

cloves

star anise

 

common add-ons:

orange peel

turmeric

allspice

coriander

black tea

 

herbal goodies:

cacao nibs

rose

hawthorn berry

roasted dandelion or chicory root

burdock root

 

Herbs for Mental Clarity

brahmi

 

Herbs for the Reproductive System

ashwagandha

shatavari

white peony root

rose

damiana

cacao

 

Herbs for Pain & Inflammation

white willow bark

cramp bark

turmeric

 

Adaptogenic Herbs to Help Stress Response

schizandra berry

ashwagandha

shatavari

holy basil (tulsi)

lycii berry (goji)

 

Herbs for Immunity

astragalus

reships

goji

elderberry

elderflower

echinacea

How to Brew Chai Tea

ingredients:

your own custom chai blend

fine mesh strainer

medium saucepan

optional: milk, to taste (cow's, goat, or nut/grain milk of choice)

optional: sweetener, to taste (favorites: honey, maple syrup, herbal syrup, or molasses)

 

  1. Add 2 - 3 Tablespoons of your chai blend to a medium saucepan. 

  2. Optional (for blends with mostly classic chai herbs) - dry roast spices on medium heat until fragrant, stirring constantly

  3. Add water and bring to a boil

  4. Simmer for at least 20 minutes

  5. Strain through a fine mesh strainer

  6. Add milk, ghee/coconut oil and sweetener, to taste. Drink warm.

note: Lately, I've been preparing a bulk 'chai concentrate' for the week, for mornings when I'm feeling rushed. I use the same recipe, simmering the herbs for a bit longer, and strain & refrigerate before adding in the milk. In the morning, I'll warm up the concentrate before adding milk and sweetener. A chai concentrate will last at least a week in the fridge!  

 

 

Happy chai brewing,

 

Savannah Clayton

 

savannah@nourishakti.com

www.nourishakti.com

@nourishakti

 

 

Dear reader: This blog is intended for sharing general health information that I feel confident and safe using in my home and everyday wellness routine. The information presented here is not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any illnesses or diseases, and should not be used in place of medical advice. Please use caution, wisdom, and respect when adding anything new into your own wellness routines, and consult with your trusted medical practitioner - especially if you are taking pharmaceutical medications. 

 

 

 

 

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