Chai tea: a cold weather friend.

Author:Childs, Matthew
Position::New Life Journal's 2004 Cookbook
 
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As we move in to the colder parts of the-year, keeping the body warm and nourished becomes more important, and one way to achieve this is to start your morning with a cup of hot Chai tea. Chai has become a household word in America over the last five years and continues to gain popularity as an alternative to coffee and espresso drinks. The world Chai is the Indian word for tea, more specifically strong black tea brewed with therapeutic spices and milk then sweetened with either rock sugar or honey. There will be slight variations in spice combinations and amounts used depending on who you talk to or what region you're in, however the combination of black tea, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, ginger, nutmeg, black pepper, and cardamom tends to be the most common. According to Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of health, the spices used to make Chai provide a variety of benefits. The combination is calming, vitalizing and mentally clarifying suitable for all constitutions and supports healthy digestion, assimilation, elimination, detoxification. This can lead to less disease over time and help ease the aging process.

The following is a traditional recipe for Chai that can be made at home. It is best to buy the spices whole and use a small coffee grinder to grind them yourself ahead of time. Some other ingredients I have found to work well include licorice root, fennel seed, allspice berries, bay...

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