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Juelle Hunt
Naturopath & Medical Herbalist
Vibrational Energy Therapist
BNatMed, MNZAMH
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Chai this!

chai tea

Winter is definitely in our minds   When the temperature drops it is time to rejuevinate, slow down and get cozy with a cup of tea. It’s time to draw in your energy, refocus your attention and prepare for the change of season.

My beverage of choice for this time of year is chai tea. Once considered an exotic treat, it has now become quite commonplace. And no wonder! That warming blend of spices is comfort in a cup. But there is nothing ordinary about these key ingredients:

spices

Cinnamon

  • improves insulin sensitivity
  • lowers cholesterol
  • antiinflammatory
  • antioxidant
  • antibacterial and antifungal
  • may help to prevent certain types of cancer

Ginger

  • excellent for treating nausea
  • soothes digestion (gas, bloating)
  • antiviral
  • antiinflammatory
  • may help to prevent certain types of cancer

Cardamom

  • may help to lower blood pressure
  • may help to prevent blood clots
  • improves digestion
  • may help to prevent certain types of cancer

Cloves

  • antiinflammatory
  • expectorant
  • improve digestion

Black Pepper

  • improves digestion
  • antioxidant
  • antibacterial

DIY Chai Tea

I love chai tea lattes but are frequently disappointed at the ones served at many cafe's - they just don't do the trick for me, once you have experienced the real thing there is no turning back. Now I make a healthier version that’s heavy on the spice. Unpasteurized honey adds sweetness without knocking your immune system on its butt (read: refined sugar suppresses white blood cell function). Make it dairy-free if milk if you are sensitive, skin itch, lungs wheeze, sinuses congested, etc. Coconut milk = mmmm.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk of choice. I use full fat coconut milk from a can that I’ve previously diluted with water to fill a 1 L glass jug. Or try almond milk.
  • 1 black tea bag
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp unpasteurized honey (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Add milk, tea bag and spices to a small sauce pan and warm over medium-low heat stirring occasionally for about 5-10 minutes until the tea has steeped to your desired strength.
  2. Add honey to the warm tea and stir to dissolve.
  3. Pour into your favorite mug, get cozy and enjoy!

This is pretty spicy. Decrease spice quantities or add more milk-of-choice if this batch knocks your socks off.