The Wonders of Yogi Tea
If you’ve been to Sat Nam Fest before, then you know that there is always wonderfully prepared Yogi Tea on hand. Not only is it ambrosial and enlivening to the tastebuds, but its health benefits are incentive enough to fill your cups over and over again. (So bring your travel mugs!)
Overall, Yogi Tea boosts the immune system, improves digestion, increases circulation, and purifies the lungs, liver, and circulatory system. By ingredient, here is further information on its super heroine potential! So much more could be said about each ingredient, but here is a brief list:
• Black pepper: improves digestion, prevents bloating, blood purifier, antibacterial, potentially cancer-preventing, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, clears out mucus, increases your mineral and phytonutrient intake, improves brain function
• Cardamom pods: anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, combats bloating, digestive aid, purifying, anti-carcinogenic, good for cardiovascular health, antidepressant (according to Ayurveda), highly prized for clearing out mucus.
• Cloves: beneficial to the nervous system, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-carcinogenic, increases white blood cell count, good for liver and bones, good for clearing out candida, antioxidant, improves digestion, prevents bloating
• Cinnamon: strengthens the bones, antibacterial and anti-fungal, potentially effective against many diseases including Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer, HIV, and heart disease, reduces negative impact of overeating fats, loaded with antioxidants, regulates blood sugar
• Ginger root: antimicrobial, increases energy, reduces muscle pain, anti-inflammatory, reduces menstrual discomfort, anti-carcinogenic, improves circulation, improves mental function
How do you make this delectable concoction? Here is the original recipe.
1 Gallon Water
30 whole green cardamon pods
30 whole black peppercorns
1 large finger of fresh ginger, thinly sliced
5 sticks cinnamon
1 teabag, Black Tea
optional: Milk (almond or milk alternatives are fine) and sweetener to taste (I use stevia powder)
Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. Add all the spices, minus the black tea, and boil for a minimum of 30 minutes. The longer you boil, the stronger it will be. Then, for another 5 minutes, add the black tea bag. The black tea interacts on a chemical level to unify the other ingredients, and the tannins assist with assimilation of the medicinal qualities. You won’t likely notice the affect of its caffeine. Some people let the tea continue to steep overnight, before straining it.
Note: Ideally, don’t substitute the cinnamon sticks with cinnamon powder. Your tea will become very thick! However, in small individual batches, you can use powdered ingredients if need be. It’s just a bit different. You have to be careful not to go overboard. It is better to use the whole version of the ingredients.
And then . . . add sweetener and milk to each individual cup! (The yogi tea will store for longer in your fridge without the milk.) The milk assists in assimilation and is helpful for avoiding irritation in the digestive tract. As someone who has made some very potent yogi tea, I agree it can be helpful! You can also enjoy yogi tea iced – just as delicious, in a whole new way.
There is the inspiring story of Yogi Bhajan when he was a military commander in India. During an epidemic amongst the troops, he ordered his men to only drink yogi tea and nothing else, not even water. His battalion was the only one to remain healthy.
Here is to our health as yogis!!