I don’t know about you but I love a good cup of tea. Anything from black tea to chai to herbal. The warm nurturing feeling. That sense of comfort and joy. The beautiful gift of sharing and connecting with others as you meet over a cuppa. Bliss and heavenly. (Especially if there is something sweet to go with it). 🙂

Tea has been enjoyed all around the word for many centuries, originating in China. It came to the West via Portuguese priests and merchants, who introduced it during the 16th century. Drinking tea became fashionable among British during the 17th century, who started large scale production and commercialisation of the plant in India to bypass a Chinese monopoly at that time.

After water, tea is the most widely consumed drink in the world. What an incredible fact!

In India tea is part of their culture. Many awake everyday greeted by a warm chai and biscuit even before they get out of bed. The photo at the top of this post is a tea stand directly outside an ashram in Rishikesh on the edge of the Ganges. This was taken just after sunrise where they were waiting for the morning Yogis to come for their chai, after completing their morning sadhana. Tea stands such as this are everywhere in India and are always surrounded by smiling faces enjoying the simplicity of sipping chai whilst connecting with others.

During my last trip to India I was amazed to learn that it was the British who brought tea to India, creating plantations to export around the world. I visited a place called Munnar which was absolutely stunning. Beautiful green tea plantations over acres and acres, for kilometers. It really was a beautiful place and I highly recommend anyone travelling to India to go to Munnar. Here are some pictures. Everything is still done by hand by locals from the surrounding villages. The tea company only employ locals, supporting the local community. It really was a beautiful site to see.

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Tea brings people together. It nurtures, heals and soothes with literally hundreds of different types of teas available. Today’s blog is about Yogi Tea which was given to us by Yogi Bhajan, the master of Kundalini Yoga.

Yogi Tea is a blend of tea and spices which heals the body with specific ingredients. It helps to correct damage to the nervous system and improves memory and balance. It assists in relieving tiredness and depression, helping to heal depression naturally. It also acts as a preventative measure for colds and flus and helps to flush out the colon keeping you regular, assisting with constipation.

Black pepper is a blood purifier and cardamon is for the colon. Together they support the brain cells. Cloves are for the nervous system and cinnamon for the bones. Ginger for digestion, strengthening the nervous system, helping with colds and flus and overcoming physical weakness. The black tea acts as the catalyst for all of the other ingredients and is needed in the recipe.

Try it for yourself. Yogi Tea is quick and easy to make and is delicious. It is tremendously healing for your body mind and soul. Bottoms up.

Yogi Tea – Ingredients

315ml water

2 slices of fresh ginger

3 cloves

4 green cardamon pods, cracked

4 black peppercorns

1/2 stick cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon black tea ( equivalent to one tea bag)

1/2 milk or your milk of choice – I used soy milk

Honey or your choice of sweetener

Method

Bring water to the boil and add the spices.

Cover and continue boiling for 10-15 minutes.

Remove from heat, add black tea and let it steep for 1-2 minutes.

Add sweetener and milk of your choice. Bring to the boil and remove from the heat.

Strain and serve.

Makes 1 cup.

Sip and enjoy.