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Chai Tea

A lovely Indian spiced tea that is warming and sweet.

Can be made with:

Black Tea OR

Rooibos Tea (Red Bush) - naturally caffeine free and rich in anti-oxidants

Ingredients:

* Cinnamon (stick perferably)
* Cardamon (whole pods should be chopped)
* Nutmeg (whole pods should be shopped_
* Ginger (thumbnail portion)
* Cloves (3-4, depending on taste)
* Star Anise (optional)

2 tea bags and one of all above will make a pot of tea worth. Adjust according to volume.

Instructions:
Add tea bags, spices and water to pot, bring to a boil, and simmer for 20 minutes or more.
Serve with honey, plus soy milk or regular milk. (You can add milk to the pot, just make sure it doesn't boil)
Enjoy. Will store in the fridge for 3 days.


Why drink Chai tea?

Chai tea is full of warming spices and is perfect for a rainy damp day in Ireland. The spices are therapeutic too!

    • Cinnamon: anti-microbial, blood sugar control, boost brain function, high in manganese, calcium, iron. Warming.
    • Cardamon: carminative (relieves flatulence), stimulant. Warming.
    • Nutmeg: controls stomach gases, relieves nausea, vomiting, indigestion, diarrhea. Emmenagogue (balances female hormones). Small doses only, can be toxic if too much taken. Warming.
    • Ginger: carminative, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, stimulant, emmenagogue. Warming.
    • Clove: anti-microbial, anti-fungal, carminative. Good sources of manganese, vitamin C, vitamin K, and omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and calcium. Pungent.
    • Star Anise: carminative, stomachic (strengthen and tones stomach), stimulant, diuretic. Bitter.
    • Honey: anti-microbial, very soothing to throat.

Digestive difficulty? Cold coming on? Try some chai tea!
Warning: If you are already a 'hot' person, this may not be for you! Please try with caution.

References:
theepicentre.com
theherbdoc.com
whfoods.com