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Yogi Tea



It has been cold and rainy all day here in Toronto. We don’t do well in rain. It is rare to have a day that is just rain, rain, rain. If we liked the rain, we’d all hop across the country to Vancouver. And in this cool, sleepy-time weather, it is also a little more challenging to have a cool green smoothie for dinner rather than a hot bowl of hearty soup.

Here is my recipe for Yogi Spice Tea. I serve this following my meditation classes and always have a fresh brewed batch on hand. Simply made with cinnamon sticks, ginger root, cardamom and cloves- it warms and soothes the body from the inside out. A little sweet, a little spicy and incredibly soothing.

These spices were mentioned in my list of Cleansing Herbs, I didn’t go into much detail so here you are:


  • This sweet seed often added to desserts gives one sweet breath and clears the airways.
  • Added to curries, desserts and dals it expels mucus and reduces gassy indigestion.
  • Taken with ginger, cardamom stimulates the appetite and reduces nausea.
  • To strengthen the respiratory system and eliminate coughs try this traditional chai tea. To 4 cups of boiling water add 5 bruised cardamom pods, 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 peppercorns, 4 slices ginger root and 2 basil leaves. Reduce to two cups, strain, cool and drink with honey.


  • Perfect ingredient for warming winter dishes.
  • You can’t beat cinnamon sticks or powder to charge the circulation and warm backache.
  • Also used to halt hiccups
  • A pinch of cinnamon and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar to settle the stomach.


  • Antiseptic action soothes sore throats and coughs. For this try a pinch of clove with 1 tsp of honey three times a day or inhale the steam of 7 cloves in 5 cups boiled water.
  • For toothache a few drops of clove oil on a cotton ball placed over the tooth is an effective painkiller.

Ginger (more on ginger here)

  • Effective remedy for poor circulation, coughs, colds, flu, poor digestion and nausea.
  • Recent medical trials has supported its traditional prescription for morning and motion sickness.
  • Try chewing on a slice of fresh ginger or enjoy a cup of ginger tea to alleviate these conditions.



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Yogi Tea

  • Author: Meghan Telpner
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins


  • 8 cups water
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 Tbs cardamom seed
  • 2 Tbs whole cloves
  • 2 inches fresh ginger root (sliced)
  • almond milk as desired


  1. Put all spices into pot with water.
  2. Simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and add honey and milk.
  4. Serve hot or cold.
  • Category: Drinks + Smoothies

9 responses to “Yogi Tea”

  1. Leesie says:

    This kind of reminds me of Chai tea which I adore, especially iced. Will have to give it a go.

  2. Sharon L says:

    The rain totally sucked today. After all this good weather, in comes the rain. I love tea everyday, but it is especially good when it is cold and wet outside. It is like a warm yummy hug!

    I don’t have any of these ingredients in my kitchen….except ginger and cinnamon powder. Does powder work in this tea? I’m guessing the sticks are better.

  3. Meghan Telpner says:

    Sharon L- Sure it does! You may have to strain out the cinnamon powder after. Or just make the ginger with a squeeze of lemon.

  4. Chai-Spiced Yogi Tea: How to Make It Yourself (SO EASY!) | Rachel's Nourishing Kitchen says:

    […] The spices in this recipe and the ginger are cleansing, healing, comforting, and warming to the body – perfect for this time of year! For more information about the incredible health benefits of the spices in this tea, click here. […]

  5. Daniel Hristov says:

    I love chai and making my own masalas for it. However I end up drinking too much of it during the day and my doctor doesn’t recommend me drinking so much caffeine! When I made my first brew of this yogi tea I instantly fell in love. It has the warm spicy hug of a chai without the caffeine rush afterwards. I drank the entire 8 cups in one night. Definitely going to make this in the early afternoon and sip on it instead of rooibos ..

  6. Mukhya says:

    You can’t call it Yogi Tea if it doesn’t have peppercorns. Peppercorns are for your nervous system and it is a part of the Ayurvedic recipe called Yogi Tea.

    • Meghan Telpner says:

      I’m allergic to black pepper, which is why I don’t use peppercorns. Feel free to add some if you’d like!

  7. Tara says:

    Hi, I made the yogi tea from your book, which included coriander seeds. Oh so yummy! Love it, and I am pretty sure this is going to replace my morning coffee – thanks for all your great recipes! Haven’t tried one that wasn’t delish!

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