Yoga Recipes - How to Make Your Own Yogi Tea

Tue, 28 Feb 2012

Every other week will bring you a yogic recipe as a way of supporting you in adopting a healthy lifestyle. These recipes will help you to cleanse, rebuild and nourish your body, increase vitality so you can better deal with stress - but most importantly: they will please your palate with the most delicious flavours. Our recipes will appeal to your entire family and are quite easy to make.

We will start with one of the basic components of any yogic diet: Yogi Tea. You might have come across boxes of these ayurvedic teas in tea-bag format in your local organic health shop, but you can also just make this feel-good drink at home. Yogi Tea has many benefits: not only does it purify the blood, lungs and circulatory system, it is also good for your colon, bones and nervous system, it helps against head colds and the flu and aids in warming and detoxing your body thanks to the spices and the fresh ginger, which help cleanse the liver. It is good to drink this tea every day.

While the boxes of Yogi Tea come in many different flavours, each with their own health benefits, today we bring you the original Yogi Bhajan recipe of this deliciously potent drink.

You will need: 2 litres/4 pints of water; 8 slices of fresh ginger root, finely diced; 12 cloves; 16 green cardamom pods, cracked; 16 black peppercorns; 2 cinnamon sticks; 4 black tea bags; milk and honey to taste - for vegans, soy milk, rice milk, almond milk or oat milk are good alternatives. (While milk is optional in Yogi Tea, if you have a sensitive digestive system we would recommend you to use milk, as it helps to ease the shock of the spiciness on the stomach and intestines. Cow's milk and soy milk are quite hard on the digestive system - you could try rice, almond or oat milk instead.)

Bring the water to the boil in a saucepan, then add the spices, but leave out the black tea for now. Cover and simmer the spiced liquid for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the heat, then add the black tea bags and let them steep in the spiced liquid for 1 to 2 minutes. (We add the black tea last because it amalgamates the spices, and the tannins in the black tea help assimilate the spices into the body.) Add the milk and honey if you would be using those and bring back to the boil. Then immediately remove from the heat. Strain off the spices, serve, and enjoy your little tea break. (You can also add milk and honey to each individual cup or to a small batch - that way you can store the raw tea in the fridge and prepare with milk and honey as you go.)

The Yogi Tea bags which you can find in the store have little tags with inspiring quotes by Yogi Bhajan attached to them. If you make your own Yogi Tea at home, you will have to add those yourself. But we'll give you one for your first cup: "Be proud of who you are."

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