There's no doubt that a good diet and exercise (like yoga!) is the best place to start for a healthy life. Whilst many yogis may turn to their GP, Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Acupuncture and other Natural or Western Medicines, here's a delicious tea recipe which will help you combat and prevent illness.
This great yogic recipe can be used for energy, colds and flu, and rejuvenates you from the first sip! This is a favourite curative recipe for yogis and is good for the bones, to nourish the nerves and to purify and remove impurities from the blood while cleansing the liver.
Yogi Chai Tea Ingredients:
2 slices fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped.
4 cardamom pods, cracked.
4 grains black pepper.
1/2 stick cinnamon.
1/2 teaspoon black tea leaves like Assam or Darjeeling.
1/2 cup (50 ml) milk or milk substitute
1 tablespoon honey or molasses
Bring the water to a boil and add the ginger and spices (cloves, cardamon, cinnamon, black pepper). Reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Add the milk that has been preheated and bring to a simmer again. Throw in the tea leaves, cover and remove from heat. Soak for 2-3 minutes. Then filter the tea, sweeten if you like and serve immediately. Spicy and delicious! By tweaking the recipe and adding more/less of specific ingredients, you can make a Yogi Chai tea suited to your taste.
Finding Chai Tea Ingredients in Brisbane:
Shopping at Brisbane's food markets is a great way to find not only your tea ingredients but a range of fresh fruit and vegetable stalls and spices amongst some great food, craft stalls and live music. It's also nice to support some of the local businesses. Here's a list of some of our favourite Brisbane markets, which run on either a Saturday or Sunday morning.
Davies Park Markets in West End is open every Saturday morning from 6am-2pm.
Red Hill Markets runs every Sunday from 6am to 12 midday.
Northey Street Farmer's Markets are open every Sunday from 6am to 11am.
Kelvin Grove Village Markets are on every Saturday morning from 6am to 1pm.