March 28, 2011

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.


  • 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
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