We all are darling.
With the days reaching their shortest length of the year, it can be hard to be motivated to face the dark early morning hours. Cloudy skies rob us of our Vitamin D, which depletes us of energy and focus. While exercise, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep to begin with all help; I also have a secret weapon. Herbal Chai.
Don't get me wrong, I love coffee. It gets the job done, and I am up and out the door. But over time it also leaves me feeling depleted. You can't stay in overdrive forever. This is where herbal chai comes in. It's full of nourishing herbs that warm me, wake me, and improve my digestion to leave me feeling great.
Want in on the secret? Here's my recipe:
- 2 quarts Water
- 1/2 tblspn long pepper or Whole Black Peppercorns
- 1 tblspn Cardamon Seeds
- 6 Cinnamon Sticks
- 4 slices of peeled Ginger Root
- Dashes of Astragalus, Dandelion root, Nutmeg, & Cloves to taste
- 1/2 tspn of Black Tea (optional)
~Bring water to a boil. Add all ingredients except Black Tea, then reduce heat and let simmer 30 minutes.
~Add 1/2 tspn of Black Tea and let steep 10 minutes.
~Strain, add milk honey, or maple syrup to taste
I actually make a big batch of this (with powdered ginger) to have sitting around for a quick fix in the morning. Steep about 1 tablespoon in hot water for 15 min. Then, just add your desired sweetness and milk, and you are ready to go.
Try it yourself, or order from our store here: http://www.banyanmoonbotanicals.com/teas.html