5 Spice Tea – To Warm Your Soul and Balance Your Gut
In January I took a deep dive into yoga and learned all about the body, its power and how to take better care of it. That led me to learn about yogi tea. I am a full-blown tea lover and when I can use it to boost my body, I am all in!
Chai latte is my go-to order at any coffee shop so I wanted to try to make my own. A typical chai has about seven spices. Focussing on just five of them, I made a mix that is great for gifting as well!
My friend and fellow yoga lover celebrated her birthday in January, so I filled a jar with all the ingredients and printed up the recipe. It was an easy and thoughtful gift.
As a whole, the tea is very warming to the soul. It also aids in digestion and helps with blood circulation. Each ingredient has its own benefits too!
Pepper Corns – Great for aiding in sinus problems and perking up the skin and respiratory system.
Cardamom – Great for heartburn and balancing acid in the stomach. Also aids with bloating and gas.
Whole Cloves – High in anti-oxidants and a great anti-inflammatory.
Cinnamon – Soothes the respiratory system and helps with balancing blood sugars.
Fresh Ginger – Good for joints and pains. Helps alleviate period cramps.
Black Tea– Boosts focus and concentration due to being caffeinated.
Darroch’s mom went to Rwanda and brought a box of black tea home for me. The tea is all kinds of powerful. Yikes! I used it in this recipe and I was wide awake long past my bedtime. When I first tested the recipe I used four tablespoons of tea, it’s too much. Instead, I changed it to four teaspoons.
You can use tea bags instead. I just had this Rwandan Black Tea on hand and decided to try it. Just note that the longer you boil the tea, the stronger the caffeine content becomes.
Whole spices are also best as it is much easier to strain them out when the tea is ready.
Hardcore tea drinkers can drink this black but I need to have a sweet and milky mix. I drink dairy but for this, I tried soya milk. It was really nice but non-dairy milk variations are so expensive I will stick to regular full cream milk.
Talking about milk, I save the extra liquid in a jar and use it as a concentrate to add to warmed milk. Yum, yum, yum!
I hope you enjoy this recipe.
With My Love,
- 20 Whole Black Pepper Corn
- 15 Cardamom Pods (cracked)
- 15 Whole Cloves
- 2 Sticks Cinnamon
- 3 Tea Bags Black Tea (Contains Caffeine)
- 8 Slices Fresh Ginger
- 1 Litre Water
- Boil a pot of water, around 1 litre (or smaller if you are only making 1 cup) - I make enough for a day and drink cooled.
- Slice fresh ginger.
- Add all spices to the pot and boil for about 30 minutes.
- Strain the drink through a sieve to catch most of the herbs.
- Serve as is or with some honey and your choice of milk.