Saturday, October 13, 2012

Turmeric Chai Tea...Yum!

As promised, here is the recipe for the Turmeric Chai Tea that we offered at the Edible Pharmacopoeia classes recently.  This one combines many of the spices we discussed, plus coconut milk.  You can use any type of milk, but I like coconut for its many health benefits, including heart health, thyroid nourishment, and protection from Dementia & Alzheimer's disease.  It is rich in lauric acid, which is also found in human breast milk and protects babies from viral and bacterial infections.

Turmeric Chai Tea (serves 4)
3 TBSP turmeric powder
4 tsp. cinnamon powder
2 tsp. ginger powder
1 tsp. cardamom powder
1-2 tsp. cayenne powder (optional and I used one)
1/8 tsp clove powder

Mix it all up and store it in a glass jar.

For each serving, use 4 tsp of the chai powder.
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the powder and steep for 10-30 minutes.
Strain through a fine mesh sieve or cheese cloth into a sauce pan, and add 1/2-1 Cup of milk.
Heat but do not boil.
Sweeten with honey or maple syrup to taste.

This tea is a wonderful after dinner as a dessert or before bed to help you sleep through the night. It will support liver detoxification & blood sugar regulation, plus quench the days inflammation during your good nights sleep.  Enjoy!

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