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Are you looking for a good alternative to your coffee? Have a cup of Yogi tea!
Yogi Tea’s story begins in 1969 when Yogi Bhajan, an inspired and inspiring teacher of holistic living, started teaching yoga in the west. He shared the wisdom and knowledge of Ayurveda and healthy living that he had mastered in India with his students while serving them a specially spiced tea, which they affectionately named “Yogi Tea.” The recipe contained five traditional Ayurvedic spices: cardamom seed, cinnamon bark, clove bud, ginger root and black pepper (from https://www.yogitea.eu/en/tea-talk-blog/history-of-yogi-tea).
For ayurveda (from the sanscrit आयुर्वेद, life-knowladge) the yogi tea is particularly recommended during the cold period (autumn/ winter) because the combination of spices warm the body and might promote sweating and thus expulsion of toxins accumulated in our body. For the ones who are familiar with ayurvedic philosophy, the Yogi tea is perfect for the “Kapha” type of person, but generally everyone can drink it in small quantities (i.e 1-2 cups a day). Thinking in terms of TCM, we can easily understand that all these spices give a strong YANG note to the drink, making it helpful to move up your QI (energy). Therefore adding milk is really important because it gives a YIN touch and restores balance again.
Serves 2-Easy -Prep time: 25 minutes
You will need:
- 2 cups of water;
- 2 cloves;
- 2 whole green cardamom pods;
- 2 cm (o.8 inches) of cinnamon stick;
- 2 pepper grains;
- 2 cm (0.8 inches) of fresh ginger root or ¼ teaspoon ginger in powder;
- a pinch of black tea;
- 1 cup of milk (vegetal or normal cow milk).
- Peel the ginger root if using fresh root;
- chop all the ingredients with a mortar to give more test to the tea, you can also open the cardamom pods to release the seeds;
- pour the two cups of water in a pot and add all the spices;
- let the water boil for 20 minutes;
- decrease the flame and add a pinch of black tea and let it rest for 1 minute;
- add 1 cup of vegetable or animal milk and raise the flame;
- when boilings remove from heat and let cool for 30 seconds;
- put back on the heat and as as soon as it start boiling again take it out from the heat;
- using a strainer filter the tea in a cup;
- if desired, add honey for sweetness and serve hot.