Unconventional Golden Chai Tea

Hmmmmm. The cooler weather, sweaters, and a hot tea to warm you from within is a comforting experience that affects the body and soul.

I LOVE CHAI TEA. It's warming from the inside out. Plus, it's just plain tasty.

This is my version of a combination of golden milk and chai tea mixed with special herbs that are great for your joints, increasing circulation, enhancing digestion and supporting the immune system.
Plus, I also add some Elder flower tea to the base. Elder flowers are great for sinus congestion and assist in relieving allergies and sinus pressure. Plus, if you have a cold, it just makes you sigh and feel better almost immediately. (I have no scientific answer for why this is, but it is! )

You will need: A small pot that holds 2 cups of liquid
                        tea strainer
                        a travel mug

Ingredients are below the picture clockwise from the pot to the mug....

Ingredients: 3/4 c. elder flowers in a small pot of water                     1 tsp black tea                     1 tsp ground turmeric                     1 tsp cinnamon                      2 whole cloves                      1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper                      1 inch ginger peeled and sliced                     2 cardamom pods                     1 c. or 1 1/2 c. milk of your choice                     You can also add a sweetener of your choice if you'd like.                   

Ingredients: 3/4 c. elder flowers in a small pot of water
                    1 tsp black tea
                    1 tsp ground turmeric
                    1 tsp cinnamon
                    2 whole cloves
                    1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
                    1 inch ginger peeled and sliced
                    2 cardamom pods
                    1 c. or 1 1/2 c. milk of your choice
                    You can also add a sweetener of your choice if you'd like.
                  

Directions:

1. Bring water in a pot to a boil. Add Elder flowers and let steep for 10 minutes.

2. Strain the tea with a tea strainer into a mug of your choice. ( The flowers aren't so great when they stick to the roof of your mouth while drinking the tea. )

3. Put milk into the pot you just used, add the elder tea, ground turmeric, cinnamon, and black pepper. Bring to a boil.
    Turn off the burner.

4. Put black tea, , cardamom pods, ginger, and the 2 cloves into the tea strainer. Let it steep for 5 minutes.

5. Stir it up and take the strainer out.

6. Pour into a travel mug and enjoy on your way to work or throughout your day!

 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tiki freak, digs jazz, double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.