A powerfully calming yogi chai
At Yoga Yoga in Austin, Texas, students are served a delicious yogi tea (also called chai) after each class. The recipe they use comes from an ancient one introduced by Yogi Bhajan, who also brought Kundalini to the west in the late 1960s. (Yogi Bhajan is also the founder of the "Yogi Tea" brand). This tea is really easy to make and fills the room with amazing aromas while you make it.
This tea has been life-changing for me during times of stress, restoring my body and mind to normality and balance within seconds of sipping it - quite an amazing feeling! It strengthens the nervous system, energizes the body, clears the mind, and is both a remedy and preventive measure for colds, allergies, and other illnesses. Its best made in large batches and stored in the fridge or freezer.
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I got my ingredients for super cheap from the bulk spice section at WholeFoods in Austin. They have everything!
Bring two quarts of water to a boil. Add cloves and boil one minute. Add cardamom, peppercorns, cinnamon, and ginger. Cover and boil for 30 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer for two to three hours. Remove from heat, add black tea, and let cool. Strain and store in the refrigerator or freeze.
(The most ancient versions of this recipe have also included Basil leaves, mint leaves, lemon grass leaves and a plant called prajakta)