I must admit, I’ve become a bit of a tea snob in the last year. I never buy tea bags anymore (unless it’s just plain black tea to make kombucha).
I used to work in a centre where we made our own organic tea blends and had made some delicious mixes. From there, I started experimenting with some simple ones at home and have come up with this Cinnamon & Vanilla Chai Tea.
It’s a little bit spicy and has a good kick of cinnamon. You can add some soy or nut milk like cashew or almond to make it rich and creamy.
This mix is also a base for a great traditional chai. Just take out the vanilla, add in loose-leaf black tea, and the quantities of each ingredient need to be slightly adjusted to taste.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different spices and make a blend that you will love to drink all the time.
Health benefits of this chai tea
There are so many great health benefits from these spices used. Here’s a list of just a few from each ingredient:
Cinnamon (true) – loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, helps lower blood sugar levels and may protect against cancer.
Cardamom Pods – helps with depression, aids digestion, has detoxifying effects, lowers blood pressure and helps with mouth ulcers and infections in the throat and mouth.
Star Anise – aids with respiratory tract infections, helps to treat the flu, assists with digestion, is an anti-fungal and for women, it helps with menstruation and increasing the flow of breast milk.
Cloves – a well-known antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal and also offers temporary relief from toothaches.
Ginger – probably one of the best-known facts about ginger is its digestive and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also known for relieving nausea, morning and motion sickness. Ginger is one of my favourite ingredients to use when cooking. I use it for everything!
Peppercorns – aid digestion, helps fight against infection and insect bites, assist with tooth decay and toothaches, and improve weight loss.
Vanilla – a powerful anti-microbial, increases mental health and promotes healthy skin as it’s an excellent source of vitamin B. Vanilla also assists with digestion, improves dental health and helps to regulate period cycles for women.
As you can see, many of these spices have similar health benefits and have plenty more that I’ve not listed today. You can’t go wrong with having this combination at least a few times a week! You’ll feel better, and it also tastes great! Win-win situation 🙂
Other drink recipes you’ll love:
- Spiced Coconut Chai Tea
- Immune Boosting Lemon Ginger Tea (Vegan-Friendly)
- Homemade Vegan Eggnog
- How To Make Homemade Kombucha Three Ways
- Thick Italian Vegan Hot Chocolate