Healing Yogi Tea

As the seasons change, warm tea sounds more and more appealing.  Yogi tea has wonderful health benefits beyond the chemistry of the ingredients and this is a wonderful addition to any routine.Cardamon, cinnamon, and clove all improve digestion and thereby improve metabolism.  Cardamon and clove especially arouse the digestive power, awaken the spleen/pancreas complex, and vitalize early breakdown of food in the first part of the small intestine.  Cinnamon and clove warm the “center”, which means they help increase blood circulation in the crucial stage of the middle gastro-intestinal system.  Cinnamon especially is warming, and helps us to warm up during cold weather which also improves metabolic action.  The Chinese call this action”YANG”.

Cardamon and black tea leaves, if you chose to add the black tea, help break down lipids/fats and cholesterol.  They prevent food stagnation.  Peppercorn cleanses the lungs and helps get rid of mucus build up there, as well as build up in the sinuses.

Milk, on the other hand, helps counter any drying effects of the pepper, while the sweetener — preferably honey — builds energy.  Honey also helps lubricate the lungs.  For folks who tend to create too much dampness and mucus, it is recommended to omit the milk and honey, or to use almond milk instead.

And there you have it, the perfectly balanced drink for anytime of year, and especially for colder months.  Without the black tea leaves, Yogi Tea makes a wonderful after dinner beverage;  with black tea, a robust healthy morning start-up.  The cinnamon, cardamon, clove, peppercorn and black tea leaves are YANG, the milk and honey are YIN, and the honey is also QI.  This is why Chinese medicine, along with the yogis, consider Yogi Tea well balanced.  We think you will too.

Yogi Tea

1 gallon water
2 heaping tablespoon whole green cardamom pods, preferably shelled
1 heaping teaspoons whole black peppercorns
1 heaping teaspoons whole cloves
8 cinnamon sticks
8 slices fresh ginger root (optional)

Bring ingredients to a boil, simmer 1 hour, strain, store in refrigerator

{Another recipe:
25 whole cloves
20 whole black peppercorns
2 heaping tablespoons decorticated whole cardamon seeds
4-6 cinnamon sticks
4-6 slices of fresh ginger ( no need to peel)
8 cups purified water

Bring to a rolling boil, add cloves and watch them dance for one minute, add the rest of the spices and simmer at least one hour. Serve.}

To drink:

Reheat 2/3 cup tea with 1/3 cup milk or almond milk, to scald
Optional: add 1/4 teaspoon black tea, steep one minute
Optional: add 1/2 teaspoon honey

Yogi tea, when regularly included in the diet, helps to correct damage done to the nervous system. Actually, it is a tonic to the nervous system. It will improve your memory and balance you out when you’re feeling out of balance. It can take away tiredness and bring you out of discouragement and depression. Yogi tea is both a remedy and a preventive measure for colds, flu and diseases of the mucus membranes.

Black pepper is a blood purifier. Cardamom is for the colon. Together, they support the bones. Ginger adds flavor and is strengthening to the nervous system, and is very good if you are suffering from a cold, flu, or any physical weakness. Milk aids in the assimilation of the spices and avoids irritation to the colon and stomach. The black tea in the recipe acts as a catalyst for all the other ingredients.

~adapted from Yogi Bhajan

2 comments on “Healing Yogi Tea

  1. Dot Peters on said:

    Michelle, I thought you said I could find out how to make Nourish Blood and Essence Tea here. Could you refresh my memory? Thanks.
    Enjoy your programs at Deep Roots.

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