An Ancient Elixir For Today’s Winter Blues
Ayurveda’s traditional turmeric tea is a deeply nourishing, warming and powerfully healing drink packed with mood elevating turmeric and energizing ginger root.
Today, we are serving up this traditional Ayurvedic recipe with a spicy Chai twist! Creamy, faintly sweet, and potent with natural medicine, our Turmeric Chai Latte is the perfect "pick me up" for dreary Winter afternoons.
|| Healing From The Inside Out ||
Turmeric and ginger are the subterraneous roots of tropical plants. Known in botany as rhizomes, these special roots are wealthy with earth medicine as they hold the highest concentrated nutrients of the plant.
Turmeric is rich in curcumin, an antioxidant that helps your brain produce more serotonin and dopamine. Both of which naturally elevate your mood. A recent study by Baylor University showed that taking 1,000 mg of curcumin daily could have the same effects as taking an antidepressant, without the side effects. (Please, consult a physician before hopping off your meds).
Curcumin, is also a strong anti-inflammatory. Research is beginning to show it to be just as effective, and a safer alternative for over the counter pain pills.
Ginger, has strong antioxidant properties as well and is traditionally used in folk medicine as a remedy to energize and balance digestion.
Long used in Ayurvedic cooking, ghee is a type of clarified butter. It is extraordinarily rich in fat-soluble vitamins, a good source of healthy fat and complete with natural cancer-fighting properties.
Trust me, this recipe is decadently delicious...
Elevate your mood and energize your day with Ayurveda's Turmeric Chai Latte!
Recipe || Turmeric Chai Latte
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 2 cups
Black Chai Tea
1 1-inch knob fresh turmeric
1 1/2-inch knob fresh ginger
Hearty Pinch of ground Cardamom || Clove || Cinnamon || Nutmeg ||
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 teaspoon ghee
2 Cups whole milk OR Coconut Milk
1 Tablespoon local honey
- Peel both the turmeric and ginger and grate them finely. Combine ghee, turmeric, ginger, cardamom, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla in a bowl and mash with a spoon until they form a fine paste.
- Steep black tea in hot water and set to the side.
- Pour milk into saucepan and spoon in all of the paste. Turn the heat up to medium-high and warm the ingredients together until little bubbles just begin to creep up the sides of the pot.
- Turn off the heat and cover the saucepan, allowing the turmeric and ginger to steep about 3 minutes.
- Strain the golden tea through a fine-mesh strainer.
- Combine equal parts black and golden tea.
- Stir in the honey and finish with a dash of cinnamon.
Serve warm & enjoy the healing!