Enchanting yogi tea

by Fanny Vandenhende, Naturopath N.D.

Whether we’re yogis or not, whether it be to warm us up on a chilly day or on a winter hike, whether we just want to start our day gently or sip on something while reading, the yogi tea is the answer to all needs.

The yogi tea comes from Ayurveda, traditional Indian medicine. Its original recipe is made up of five spices: cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger and pepper.

It was introduced to the West in the 1960s by yogi master Bhajan who had the habit of offering a spiced tea to his students after a yoga class. Indeed, the tea promoted key aspects of yoga, being the strengthening of our “agni”, or inner digestive fire, and the stimulation of the body’s detoxification system.

We often use the name “yogi tea” for “chaï tea” and vice versa. Both beverages are very similar, but chaï tea has more milk and sugar than the yogi tea, which is spicier. The latter is often used for therapeutic purposes.

In fact, its antimicrobial properties make it a fine ally in avoiding a cold or flu. It also promotes good digestion and a healthy intestinal transit.

Spices warm the body, improve blood circulation, carrying blood to all extremities. In Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), it is said that yogi tea is a tonic for the kidney’s “Yang”, thanks to the natural properties of spices. According to TCM, the kidney is the organ that needs to be the most strengthened during winter months. The kidney is home to the original “Qi”, representing a life force present at birth and that can be strengthened throughout one’s lifetime. If one’s “Qi” is weak, an individual may fall sick.

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Yogi tea recipe:

1 L (4 cups) of water
2 good-sized cinnamon sticks
2 cloves
15 black peppercorns
15 cardamom pods, opened
8 slices of ginger, chopped
2 black tea bags
2 cups of plant-based milk (almonds, cashews, soya…)
Maple syrup to taste

Bring water to a boil.
Add spices and let simmer at medium heat for 45 minutes.
Remove from heat and let tea bags infuse.
Filter the beverage leaving only the liquid.
Add the milk and sweeten to taste.

Note: The tea will keep in the fridge for several days in a glass jar.

Fanny Vandenhende, Naturopath N.D.
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Fanny Vandenhende, Naturopath N.D.

Fanny Vandenhende, naturopath ND, is passionate about naturopathy, an alternative medicine that aims to restore health through natural methods. A graduate of ÉESNQ (École d’enseignement supérieur de naturopathie du Québec), she is currently continuing her training and also practicing at the Clinique Mille Mains, found in the Montreal neighbourhood of Villeray.


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