RECIPE | Original Yogi Tea Blend
Warm up your winter with my Original Yogi Tea Blend!
If you attended one of my yoga classes over the holidays, you probably received a surprise token gift from me. Inside it was a sample tea bag with my homemade yogi tea blend. What is yogi tea, you say? If you're familiar with chai tea, it's just about the same! The primary difference being that yogi tea contains no caffeine, while chai is typically brewed with black tea in addition to the same herbs as yogi tea.
I was fortunate to drink plenty of yogi and chai tea during my travels in India. It was so great to watch it be prepared from scratch in person day after day... herbs, spices, and all! Yogi tea and chai tea are traditional to India and ayurvedic medicine. Both are easy to make and can be modified to your personal taste. Adrienne, from Yoga with Adriene, gives an excellent explanation and demonstration of how to brew yogi tea in large pot batches.
Since it is not always convenient to prepare large batches of yogi tea at home, I was inspired to create a recipe to fill ones own teabags for on the go servings. Before I get to the recipe, I thought to share some of the health benefits of yogi tea itself. Personally, I am very inspired by herbalism and embracing the benefits of herbs and spices. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Primary ingredients in the yogi tea masala (aka, blend) are: ginger root, cinnamon, cardamon, black pepper, and cloves. Anise, cumin, turmeric, black tea, or other herbal teas are also commonly added.
Yogi tea itself is warming, uplifting, and promotes overall balance. Here are some properties for the ingredients in my original blend: (sourced from my Nutritional Therapy courses through The Health Sciences Academy).
Ginger root: High in B vitamins, manginess, iron, magnesium, zinc, and potassium. Is an energizer, detoxifier, anti-inflammatory, lowers cholesterol, anti-bacterial, and aids in cancer prevention, digestion and upset stomachs.
Cinnamon: High in vitamins A and K, and minerals calcium and magnesium. Serves as a thermogenic, blood sugar stabilizer, blood purifier, and anti-fungal. Aids in collagen production, free radical neutralization, immunity. Even its scent boosts brain function.
Cardamon: A source of manganese, iron, and zinc. It serves the immune system, digestive health, anti-depressant, anti-inflammartory. Assists skin problems, common colds, and blood pressure.
Black pepper: A source of vitamin K, iron, manganese, and copper. Aids in digestion, metabolic stimulation, kidney and liver function, antibacterial, and antioxidant.
Cloves: High in vitamin B6, vitamin A, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Aids in stabilizing blood sugar. Serves as a thermogenic and local anesthetic.
Rooibos Tea: Promotes better sleep, boosts immune system, clears up skin, alleviates muscle soreness, rich in calcium, eases stomach pains, relieves stress.
Stephanie's Original Yoga Tea Blend
Makes about 12 servings
- 4 tsp loose leaf rooibos tea
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp ground dried ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- *optional: 1-2 dried and sweetened orange slices, diced into small bits.
Note on the ingredients: I highly recommend that if at all possible, you grind your herbs and spices yourself. The fresher and higher quality herb, the better your tea will taste!
- Prepare and grind herbs and spices.
- Mix herbs, spices, and rooibos tea thoroughly in a bowl.
- Place 1/2 teaspoon tea blend into empty tea bag until the blend is gone. (I used these tea bags.)
- Add several orange bits to each bag as well.
- Seal the tea bags according to their instructions.
To prepare a cup of tea, place one tea bag in a mug and pour boiling water over it. Cover the mug and steep for at least 10 minute. Sip as is, or add milk and honey to taste. Enjoy!
Let me know when you make some for yourself. Take time to sip and enjoy. 💛