C'mon... Just give it a Chai...
Chai is a delicious beverage with a wonder medley of healing spices, including Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Cardamom, and Fennel. [Read more about their healing properties here...]
We highly recommend drinking more Chai and adding these spices into your meals as a way to prevent and eliminate parasites.
Chai puts the "Treat" in Treat-ment! ;)
You have several options for getting more Chai Spice in your life.
Way 1: Buy Some Pre-Made Chai
We love Blue Lotus Chai brand Rooibos Chai Masala Chai. This is an instant chai tea mix with a base of rooibos powder. It’s naturally caffeine-free and dissolves instantly in hot water.
Ways 2 and 3: Make Your Own
We love making a homemade blend from fresh spices (Get your Spices here)!
Watch our Chai video and see the recipes below...
Way 2: Chai Spice Mix
Chai Spice Mix Ingredients:
- 1 tsp. nutmeg — fresh shavings, or powder
- 1 T. cinnamon
- 1 T. ginger powder
- 1 T cardamom powder
- 1/2-1 tsp. ground cloves (very strong!)
- 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper (*optional)
- 1 tsp. vanilla bean powder (ground pure vanilla beans)
- a few shakes of fennel powder
- We recommend spices from Spicely because all imported spices are required to go through a sterilization process before being sold in the United States. Most spice companies sterilize using synthetic chemicals or radiation. Spicely Organics uses a process called steam sterilization, which sterilizes food products without adding any chemicals or hazardous materials.
- Put all spices into a coffee grinder.
- Grind for about 30 seconds - 1 minute until the mixture is a really fine powder.
- Enjoy as a tea with your favorite milk (see recipe below)
- Use in Pumpkin Pudding Pie recipe
- Use to make spiced apple cider and more
- 1 tsp Chai Spice Mix (from recipe above)
- 8 oz favorite tea -- Tulsi, Horsetail, black etc
- 1 T. Grass-fed butter or ghee
- 2 T. Favorite milk -- dairy, coconut, hemp or almond
- Stevia drops to sweeten to taste
- Steep a strong cup of tea.
- Blend 1 tsp Chai spice, 1 T grass-fed butter or ghee, 2 T favorite milk and stevia to taste.
- Blend and enjoy.
- Note: There will be spices settled at the bottom. To avoid this... run tea mixture though a fine strainer before drinking.
- 4 cardamom pods
- 6 peppercorns (optional)
- 2 cloves
- 1 star anise
- 1 inch cinnamon stick
- slice of fresh ginger (or more to taste)
- 1 tea bag (of your choice: Tulsi, Horsetail, Black, etc)
- 1 C. water
- 1 C. favorite milk-- coconut, hemp, almond or full fat organic grass-fed milk (if you can handle it--yum!)
- Stevia to sweeten
- Crush spices with a mortar and pestle or back of a knife.
- Put water and spices into a pot and boil for a few minutes until it smells deliciously fragrant.
- Lower heat to simmer.
- Open tea bag (or throw in the whole tea bag) and add milk.
- Simmer another 5-7 mins.
- Pour through a fine mesh strainer, add stevia and enjoy! Super yums!
Chai Spice Mix Directions:
Once you make this Chai Spice Mix, you can use it in many ways:
Easy Creamy Chai
Easy Creamy Chai Ingredients:
Easy Creamy Chai Directions:
Way 3: Whole Spice Chai
(This is a simple, one-cup recipe)
Whole Spice Chai Ingredients:
Whole Spice Chai Directions:
What Is Chai Tea? (and healing properties)
Originating in India, Chai Tea is typically a spiced black tea mix. The spices can vary, but it usually contains a combination of cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, cloves, fennel, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla. The base is traditionally a black tea, but decaffeinated, or herbal teas can also be used.
Each spice contains potent health benefits:
Cinnamon - antifungal, antibacterial, it can also reduce the risk of diabetes — it blocks insulin from getting into cells, and can lower blood pressure and prevent cell damage for diabetics.
Cardamom - anti-inflammatory, it relives muscle spasms, and can treat asthma, and other respiratory ailments.
Black Pepper - antioxidant
Cloves - anti-parasitic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, analgesic, it is widely used to soothe gum and tooth pain.
Ginger - anti-inflammatory, it can soothe upset stomaches and diarrhea, it’s helpful for arthritis and heart disease, and reduces the risk of colon cancer.
Vanilla - vanilla is a powerful antioxidant.