Yogi Bhajan’s Yogi Tea
As the Fall is upon us I felt the need to share this amazing recipe that was introduced to me a few years ago…a great component from a great practice and a wonderful warming beverage with great healing qualities.
Yogi Tea comprises of a specific combination of spices, milk and black tea. As a health promoting, delicious, soothing, and a great coffee substitute and its easy to make from scratch. A great way to make this last longer if you are not making for a group of people, make this big potful of goodness up(without adding the milk) and store it in the refrigerator. To make a cup of the tea, just fill your cup 3/4 full with tea, add milk or non-dairy substitute, and pop in the microwave or put in small saucepan and warm on the stove top.
In the science of yogic food preparation, the spices are said to have the following properties:
Black Pepper – Blood Purifier
Cardamom – Digestive Aid
Cloves – Strengthen the Nervous System and generate heat in the body
Cinnamon – Good for the Bones
Ginger Root – Good for colds, flu, physical weakness, digestion, increased potency
The Milk – helps in the assimilation of the spices and coast the stomach lining to avoid irritation there.
Black Tea – a pinch gives just a touch of “pick up”
- 2 quarts water
- 3 sticks cinnamon
- 15 whole cloves
- 20 green cardamom pods
- 20 black peppercorns
- 8 – 1/2 slices of fresh ginger root
- 1/2 teaspoon Black Tea ( optional)
- 3 cups milk or dairy alternative
Bring the water to boil in a 3-4 quart pot. Add the cloves and boil for a minute. Add cardamom pods ( to better release their wonderfulness, first crush or split the pods), pepper corns, cinnamon sticks and the sliced ginger root. Cover and gently boil for 20-30 minutes. Add the Black Tea (optional).
Makes approx. 2 quarts/ 2 litres
At this point you can either let the tea cool, strain it and refrigerate it or add the milk, return to a boil and then immediately remove from the heat. Add your preferred sweetener to taste (ie honey, stevia, cane sugar).
Drink up and Enjoy! Another great addition to your yoga practice or just warming up as the cold temperatures seem to be upon us!