This tea is a regular at the end of my yoga workshops particularly the Restore workshop when I like to bring people back into their bodies after such a long, restorative practice with something spicy, warming and grounding. I also like to serve this tea during my Autumn and Winter seasonal workshops as it is great for supporting immunity.
The spices in this tea are similar to those found in a Chai blend but this is naturally caffeine free and dairy free and a deceptively simple herbal option.
Ginger is a wonderful spice to support immunity and digestion, great at a time of year when we can feel quite sluggish! It is also said to regulate blood sugar and assist with relieving joint pain and inflammation.
Cinnamon is one of my most used spices (so good in granola, banana bread and bliss balls). Similar to Ginger this spice is great for immune support and to support a healthy metabolism. It is also high in antioxidants and inflammatory and so can help to protect against, and fight, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and allergies.
Cardamon has a very distinctive taste and is used in many Indian curries, teas and sweets. I love it! It’s a close relative to ginger and is also great for digestive ease, fresh breath and respiratory health as well as immune support.
These three are a great trio! I suggest buying dried ginger root for this tea (fresh will probably work but not be as potent), cinnamon sticks/quills and cardamon pods. If possible buy from a health food store with good quality produce that hasn’t sat in storage for long periods.
Here’s the recipe! Let me know how you go.
Warming Spiced Ginger Tea:
** 1 Tbsp dry ginger root
** 4 Cardamon pods
** 1/2 Cinnamon stick
- Blend all ingredients together with a pestle and mortar.
- Add to warmed tea pot and pour in 2 cups boiling water.
- Let steep for 5 minutes.
Serves 4-6 in small teacups or two regular cups.
Enjoy! And, if tea is not your thing or, for double the effect, you can add a few drops of these Essential Oils in your blender (I suggest 3 ginger and 1 each of cinnamon and cardamon).
For more information on getting hold of these oils check out my Oils page.