There's a saying in Ayurvedic medicine - if you need herbs you've forgotten spices. It means if you need herbal medicine then you've not eaten the culinary herbs and spices you have available every day that can prevent disease. Over the next few months we'll be featuring the many benefits of individual herbs and spices on the Blog. The key thing they all do is provide the bitter taste, Rasa, which we lack in our diets and need for great digestive ability, Agni. Your digestive fire Agni fuels your life and cleans your body so enjoy a cuppa spiced Agni love a day.
Here's our favourite Agni loving Chai recipe, we hope you enjoy making your own instead of store bought chai mixes, so you can enjoy the extra value freshly ground spices give your body. The quantities below are a guide only and can be adjusted to taste. Try Rooibos if you're avoiding black tea.
1 tsp Tea per person + 1 for the pot (1:1 Mix of Assam and Ceylon tea leaves)
1 to 2 tsp Cinnamon Bark, left whole
1 tsp Cinnamon powder
1/8th Nutmeg kernel, left whole, not ground
1 Black peppercorn ground or 12 turns of the pepper grinder
4+ slices fresh Ginger
18 to 20 Cardamom pods, ground
1 tbsp Fennel seeds, ground
Replace the tea leaves with turmeric powder. For extra anti-inflammatory action, add a dollop of ghee or coconut oil to carry the active ingredients deep into ligaments, and tendons. Max dose turmeric powder per day per person 30g - you'll get amazing pain relief from 15g.