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.
- 8 cups water
- 6 cinnamon sticks
- 2 Tbs cardamom seed
- 2 Tbs whole cloves
- 2 inches fresh ginger root (sliced)
- almond milk as desired
- Put all spices into pot with water.
- Simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add honey and milk.
- Serve hot or cold.