Making and drinking herbal chai together is a wonderful way to enjoy herbs with the whole family. After all what could be better than a big mug of sweetly-spiced steamy goodness on a chilly day? Chai is full of healthful herbs that aid digestion, warm the body, and gently boost the immune system. This recipe is caffeine-free and so is perfect for afternoon snack time or even in the evening before bed to gently stimulate digestion of the evening meal and help the body prepare for a good night’s sleep.
Herbal Goodness In A Mug
The main herbs typically included in chai (such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, fennel, and black pepper) have a sweetness and spice to them that act as warming carminatives helping to nourish healthy digestion. These herbs also have antimicrobial properties, helping to fight off infection.
Antioxidant rich rooibos is a happy addition to this recipe. It has a wonderful, delightful light flavor reminiscent of honey and a beautiful red color. You can add other herbs to your brew to make it even more nourishing. Astragalus, lycium berries, calendula blossoms, rose hips and petals, and even Echinacea and holy basil are good choices for providing support to the immune, nervous, digestive systems.
Adapted from Yogi Bhajan It is a joy to offer a mug of this herbal chai as a warm welcome home to my children after a long day at school. We enjoy it around the kitchen table as we talk about our day and connect. 6 cups of water
Herbal Chai For The Whole Family
14 green cardamom pods
16 whole black peppercorns
2 to 3 cinnamon sticks
4 slices of ginger root
½ to 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
2 tablespoon of rooibos
Up to 2 tablespoons total of other optional herbs, such as astragalus, calendula flowers, rose hips and petals, lycium berries, echinacea or holy basil
1 to 2 cups of milk or milk alternative
Honey to taste
Adapted from Yogi Bhajan
It is a joy to offer a mug of this herbal chai as a warm welcome home to my children after a long day at school. We enjoy it around the kitchen table as we talk about our day and connect.
6 cups of water