Chai this!

chai tea

Fall is in the air and thank goodness. Summertime is blissful, don’t get me wrong, but it can get overwhelming after a while. Too many plans and not enough sunsets to fit in all that awesomeness! When the temperature drops and the leaves begin to change colour, I breathe a sigh of relief. It’s time to exhale, slow down and get cozy with a cup of tea. It’s time to draw in your energy, refocus your attention and prepare for the change of season.

My beverage of choice for this time of year is chai tea. Once considered an exotic treat, it has now become quite commonplace. And no wonder! That warming blend of spices is comfort in a cup. But there is nothing ordinary about these key ingredients:



  • improves insulin sensitivity
  • lowers cholesterol
  • antiinflammatory
  • antioxidant
  • antibacterial and antifungal
  • may help to prevent certain types of cancer


  • excellent for treating nausea
  • soothes digestion (gas, bloating)
  • antiviral
  • antiinflammatory
  • may help to prevent certain types of cancer


  • may help to lower blood pressure
  • may help to prevent blood clots
  • improves digestion
  • may help to prevent certain types of cancer


  • antiinflammatory
  • expectorant
  • improve digestion

Black Pepper

  • improves digestion
  • antioxidant
  • antibacterial

DIY Chai Tea

I fell in love with chai tea lattes in university. Needless to say I spent a lot of money at the campus coffee shop. Now I make a healthier version that’s heavy on the spice. Raw honey adds sweetness. Make it dairy-free if milk makes your gut hurt, skin itch, lungs wheeze, sinuses congested, etc. Coconut milk = mmmm.


  • 1+ cup milk of choice
  • 1 black tea bag
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp raw honey (optional)


  1. Add milk, tea bag and spices to a small sauce pan and warm over medium-low heat stirring occasionally for about 5-10 minutes until the tea has steeped to your desired strength.
  2. Add honey to the warm tea and stir to dissolve.
  3. Pour into your favorite mug, get cozy and enjoy!

*I like it spicy. Decrease spice quantities or add more milk-of-choice if this batch knocks your socks off.

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