Chai tea is a famous Indian tea blend that stands out for combining black tea, milk, spices (cinnamon, cloves, pepper and ginger) and sweeteners, thus creating a full bodied beverage.
Chai Tea has many health benefits because it contains many wonderful herbs that aid the body in powerful ways. And make this spiced tea from scratch is easier than you might think.
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 6 whole cardamom pods, lightly crushed
- 6 whole cloves
- 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- 2 single-serve black tea bags or 1 tablespoon loose black tea
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1 cup low-fat (1%) milk
Place cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, peppercorns and 3 cups water into a small pot and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to let steep for 10 minutes.
Return pot to the heat and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea, cover and set aside to let steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, discarding solids, then return liquid to the pot. Stir in sugar and milk and heat over low heat for 1 minute. Pour into cups and serve.
Let’s see how the chai tea protect your health:
Cinnamon – Cinnamon is effective for lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels. And it’s a great antioxidant, thus preventing disease, and even a good anti-inflammatory agent that helps with arthritis and the cycle of chronic inflammation.
Ginger – Ginger is common in chai tea and will help to relax the stomach. It works great for motion sickness and helps with sweating and nausea. It is also very important for preventing colon cancer because it boosts our immune system.
Cardamom – Cardamom is a powerful antioxidant helping to get rid of free radicals in our body that promote disease. Cardamom is also useful for headaches and works really well for preventing heart stroke. It is one of the few herbs that help to detox the body of caffeine. And it works wonders for asthma and other respiratory problems by increasing blood flow to the lungs.
Cloves – This is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that helps with arthritis. The first step towards the creation of disease, in general, is inflammation… and when a person drinks chai tea with cloves they reduce their risk of coming down with a disease.
Black Peppercorns – Black peppercorns is very common in chai tea giving it a little spice. Black pepper helps with indigestion, flatulence and works to detox the body and get rid of excess fluids.
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