Yogi tea is a delicious drink that acts as a mild stimulant and has numerous health benefits. It is Ayurvedic substitute for coffee and is a natural tonic for the nervous system. It clears the mind and can bring you out of discouragement and depression, leaving you feeling balanced and nourished instead. Yogic scriptures mention that woman should avoid stimulating drinks, but yogi tea suits her very well. This spicy and energizing drink is recommended for relieving menstrual cramps and general fatigue.
Yogi tea is often served after Kundalini Yoga classes and like many others this is where I tried it for the first time. It gained its popularity after being introduced by Yogi Bhajan, who came to the Unites States to teach Kundalini Yoga. This aromatic spice tea was served after each class and was nicknamed “Yogi Tea”. It quickly became a hit among those who tried, and is now a part of Kundalini Yoga.
The recipe comes from the ancient science of Ayurveda and uses five main spices: ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and black pepper.
Let’s take a close look at the ingredients:
Ginger is a terrific spice to fight flu and cold symptoms. Extra ginger in yogi tea will help with relieving painful menstrual cramps, as well as ease nausea during pregnancy and motion sickness. Ginger has been known for its anti-inflammatory properties and its soothing effect on digestive system. A few slices of fresh ginger can help to reduce a muscle ache and arthritis-related problems.
Ginger is also famous for its aphrodisiac properties. In original Ayurvedic scripture on sex for women, it says that a woman should have a cup of yogi tea before she even thinks of having sex. She should have it sweetened with honey. Her husband should have a cup of yogi tea after the intercourse.
Cinnamon is great for regulating blood sugar, making it a perfect spice for diabetics. Stable levels of sugar help to maintain steady energy levels and moods. It aids in digestion and helps to fight colds.
Cardamom is considered a “Queen of Spice” and has a strong, sweet, clean aroma. It is also the world’s third most expensive spice (saffron and vanilla being first and second). It aids in digestion and is known for its anti-inflammatory effect. It relaxes muscles, which helps to ease headaches, menstrual cramps, colon spasms. Ayurveda considers it a powerful mucus destroyer. Cardamom oil can cure teeth and gum infections.
Black pepper is a natural blood purifier which is great for a healthy, radiant-looking skin. It is rich in anti-oxidants, Vitamin C, K, potassium, and iron.
Cloves strengthen the nervous system and are also aphrodisiac. They boost digestion and have antiseptic properties.
How to make Yogi Tea:
(Recipe for two cups of Yogi Tea)
1.5 cup of water
4 cardamom pods (crush them for more flavor)
4 whole black peppers
1/2 cinnamon stick
4 slices of ginger root
1/4 tsp. black tea
1/2 cup of milk
1 tbsp. of honey
1. Throw all spices in water and bring it to boil. Let it simmer on medium-low for 10-15 min or longer (the longer the better as spices release more flavor).
2. Add black tea and steep for another two minutes.
3. Add milk and bring everything to boil again. Watch your tea closely. As it starts boiling, remove from heat and add honey. Mix well and enjoy!