Indian Chai Tea – With Warming & Healing Herbs

Chai Tea is a tasty and healthy beverage that is especially balancing on cold days in the fall and winter.  Many of the herbs that are used to make chai tea have the medicinal value of warming & increasing the metabolism of the internal organs, and pushing out the coldness that tries to enter when the temperatures drop.  We can use the internal warmth from the herbs to increase our vital energy throughout the day.

Chai Tea – Spiced with Healing Herbs


  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger root – Sheng Jiang (Release Exterior)
  • 1 whole star anise, broken up – Da Hui Xiang (Disperses cold, Regulates /Moves qi)
  • 1 tsp orange peel – Chen Pi, grated (Regulates/Moves Qi)
  • 4 pieces cinnamon bark – Rou Gui (Warms Interior)
  • 1 tsp black cardamom seeds – Yi Zhi Ren (Tonify Yang)
  • 10 whole cloves – Ding Xiang (Warm Interior)
  • 5 whole peppercorns – Hu Jiao (Warm Interior)
  • 1 tsp ground fennel seeds – Xiao Hui Xiang (Warm Interior)
  • 5 cups water
  • ¼ cup black tea (like Assam or Darjeeling)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 cups milk

Place the first eight ingredients in a pot of water (about 5 cups).

You can leave the herbs loose or you can bundle them up in a length of cheese cloth and tie it together with a string.

Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook 10-15 minutes.

Add tea leaves and continue simmering for 15 minutes.  You can add the vanilla (1 tsp) at this point.

Be careful not to boil the water too strongly as this may extract too much bitterness from the tea leaves.

Strain the remaining liquid through a strainer to remove the herbs and tea leaves.

Add honey & milk, and serve.

This makes 8 servings of tasty, warming chai tea.

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  1. This Chai recipe seems to have the perfect blend so all 3 Doshas can enjoy :>)

    Comment by Diana Rogers — April 7, 2013 @ 11:24 am

  2. I am still amazed at how many of these very medicinal herbs are common to our kitchens and can be easily integrated into our daily regimens. Jodi

    Comment by Jodi Host — July 12, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

  3. I HAVE to try this! I have everything except black cardamom seeds. I just placed an order for some…

    Comment by Lisa Polson — August 22, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

  4. I’m always excited to attempt a new Chai recipe! This looks good, especially with Chen Pi and Da Hui Xiang.

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    Comment by Ethan Ramirez — April 11, 2017 @ 9:37 pm

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