This recipe provides an immune and mood boosting twist on authentic Indian Chai tea. By using a carefully chosen selection of medicinal herbs we are able to obtain all of the amazing taste and “comfort food” benefits of traditional chai tea with the addition of powerful immune stimulation, stress buffering and mood elevation.
This is achieved by using a selection of “adaptogenic” herbs. As we discuss in our online herbal medicine diploma, these are herbal medicines that help the body to bio-chemically and hormonally adapt to stress. In doing so, they reduce the damaging physiological effects of stress on the body.
Furthermore, the adaptogenic herbs used in this fantastic recipe are all powerful immune-stimulants. Clinical trial data shows that they increase immune counts, stimulate immune activity and increase the immune systems capacity to prevent and fight off infections.
Lastly, these amazing herbs also help to elevate mood by increasing the secretion of our feel-good hormones, leaving us feeling bright, vital, energized and happy.
So what are these amazing herbs? Whilst there are many different types of adaptogenic herbs available, the two we have chosen are generally revered as the most effective and beneficial; they are Ashwaghanda and Rhodiola.
Ashwaghanda is perhaps the most celebrated herbal medicine in the Ayurvedic framework. It helps to increase energy and vitality, optimise mood, buffer against stress, regulate male and female hormones, stimulate immunity and reduce pain and inflammation.
Rhodiola protects the heart, optimises concentration by increasing blood flow into the brain, boosts mood, counters depression and anxiety, increases physical energy and endurance and is one of the most powerful immune stimulants identified.
By combining these two powerhouse herbal medicines with classical chai ingredients such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and ginger, we get amazing taste coupled with amazing health promotion.
This chia is super quick and super easy to make and is the perfect winter drink to protect against the long dark evenings, the winter blues (SAD syndrome) and winter infections:
3 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp good quality black tea leaves (optional)
1 cinnamon stick or 1 tsp of cinnamon powder
½ inch fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
2-3 cardamom pods, crushed
2 anise stars
½ tsp cloves
1 tsp Ashwagandha powder (available here)
1 tsp Rhodiola powder (if you are unable to find
Rhodiola powder the just use Ashwagandha on its own).
1 tsp pure maple syrup
Add all the ingredients, except the Ashwagandha, Rhodiola and maple syrup, into a medium pot, and bring to boil over medium heat.
Cover the pot with a lid and simmer for five minutes over low heat.
Strain through a sieve and add the adaptogen powders and maple syrup, mix to incorporate and drink warm