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Recipe: Traditional Yogi Tea

Traditional Yogi Tea

As more and more people accept tea as a substitute for coffee, we also start to realize the benefit that tea has to offer. Besides the lower dose of caffeine and the multitude of flavors, tea also has various important health benefits.

This Yogi Tea is no exception. This ancient Eastern recipe and remedy consists of five simple spices. Created by Yogi Bhajan, a master of Kundalini Yoga and a pioneer of holistic lifestyle, Yogi Tea was developed under the guiding principle of “feel good, be good, do good.”

Yogi Tea Benefits

Yogi tea offers a rich, deep, and complex flavor profile thanks to five traditional spices. All of them have been used for both medicinal and culinary purposes for centuries because of their unique and effective healing properties.

Black peppercorn: improves digestion, prevents bloating, blood purifier, antibacterial, potentially cancer-preventing, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, clears out mucus, increases your mineral and phytonutrient intake, improves brain function

Cloves: beneficial to the nervous system, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-carcinogenic, increases white blood cell count, good for liver and bones, good for clearing out candida, antioxidant, improves digestion, prevents bloating

Cardamom pods: anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, combats bloating, digestive aid, purifying, anti-carcinogenic, good for cardiovascular health, antidepressant (according to Ayurveda), highly prized for clearing out mucus

Cinnamon: strengthens the bones, antibacterial and anti-fungal, potentially effective against many diseases including Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer, HIV, and heart disease, reduces negative impact of overeating fats, loaded with antioxidants, regulates blood sugar

Ginger root: antimicrobial, increases energy, reduces muscle pain, anti-inflammatory, reduces menstrual discomfort, anti-carcinogenic, improves circulation, improves mental function

Chai Tea vs Yogi Tea

If you’ve tasted Chai, you might find this ingredient list looking awfully familiar. Chai Tea is very similar to Yogi Tea, they both offer great benefits to our guts and digestive systems and are great caffeine-free alternatives. You may find them used interchangeably in cafes and coffee shops. A simple way to distinguish between them is the amount of spices used in the recipe. Chai usually calls for more milk and sugar while Yogi tends to preserve the natural flavors of the spices, requiring very little to no milk or sugar. Chai Teas are usually brewed with black tea, while Yogi Tea can be served without any black tea.

INGREDIENTS: (serves around 10-15 cups)
  • 120oz water (15 cups)
  • 4-8 sticks of cinnamon
  • ½ cup of Fresh ginger root, chopped/diced
  • 1tbs of whole clove
  • 1tbs of cardamom pods
  • ½ cup of whole black pepper corn
  • ½ cup or 4-6 bags of Black tea (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pour 15 cups of fresh water in a big pot, and bring it to a soft rolling boil.
  2. Add all 5 spices into boiling water.
  3. Cover the pot with a lid, simmer for 1.5 hour under low-medium-low heat.
  4. After 1.5 hour, turn off the heat, and add in black tea if you prefer.
  5. Let black tea brew in the pot for another 20-30 minutes.
  6. To serve, drink the yogi tea straight or you may add milk and sugar to your liking.
  7. To store, strain and pour into airtight jars or bottles, they will stay fresh in the fridge for a week.
  8. Njoie!