Thursday, October 1, 2009

Immune Boosting Chai Recipe.

The weather is starting to shift to the cool raininess of autumn. The kids have started their homeschool activities, and there's a buzz in the air this year about illness.

How can we help our bodies transition from the warm dry summer, through the cool damp autumn and into cold winter?


Keep a pot of an immune boosting, herbal chai brewing throughout the winter , and the kids will LOVE it. What a wonderful feeling to be nourishing them with medicine they enjoy.

I'm starting the chai early - using it as a fall tonic to nourish our immune systems and to warm our bodies on chilly fall days.

Most often chai is made with strong black tea, but I am not interested in that large dose of caffeine and make mine with herbs alone. It is delicious!

Ready for the recipe?

Immune Building Autumn Chai Recipe

  • 3 1⁄2 cups of boiling water

  • 2 Cinnamon sticks

  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Ginger, grated

  • 1 whole Nutmeg, chopped

  • 1 Tablespoon Cardamom seed pods

  • 5 tongues of Astragulus root

  • 1 Tablespoon dried burdock root

  • 1 Tablespoon dried dandelion root

  • 1⁄2 tsp. whole Cloves

  • 1⁄4 tsp. black Peppercorns

  • 1⁄2 tsp. Anise seeds

  • 1⁄2 tsp. whole Allspice

  • 1⁄2 tsp. Echinacea root

What you do...

Simmer the spices in the water for about 15 minutes. (If you’d like to add black tea, add 1/8 cup after removing from the heat and steep for not more than 3 minutes.)

Strain out the herbs, add warmed milk (I suggest at least 1/4 cup) and honey to taste. Enjoy this delicious fall tonic, and the wonderful feeling of giving your kids (and you) a tasty, nourishing treat!



Sam said...

Yummy recipe! I often give jars of homemade chai and tea balls for holiday gifts. It's my favourite tea and I have it at least once a day. Boys love it too!!

Sherri said...

Chai gifts?! Fabulous idea :)
Actually, that is how I was introduced to Chai, a friend sent me home with a home made preparation and I have been hooked ever since.