Mmmmm, there’s nothing like a warm, comforting cup of tea on a winter day.

Personally, I love chai. It’s my coffee (since I don’t like coffee).

And chai spices have their medicinal benefits. Fennel, cardamom and coriander are great for digestion and black pepper and ginger are fabulous for kicking on a little fire.

I’ve been feeling a little daring lately (yes, changing my tea is about as daring as it gets right now) and decided to mix things up. If you’re down for a tea-sized adventure, here’s a version I’ve been loving. I made a cup for a friend recently and she said it was like drinking a cup of comfort.

Let me know what you think!


 

Tulsi Astragalus Rose Tea – aka A Cup of Comfort

Tulsi, otherwise known as Holy Basil, is an adaptogen used in Ayurvedic medicine. It supports the body against stress and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Tulsi also used as a treatment for diabetes and asthma. And it’s an herb of wonderful spiritual lore and significance.

Astragalus is a traditional Chinese herb used for all things immune boosting, like colds and ailments, as well as to fend off heart disease and diabetes.

Rose, oh rose. In addition to being sweet and delicate, rose is powerful medicine. Rose has been used for centuries to heal many diseases and ailments. Rose tea aids digestion and tummy trouble, can relieve menstrual cramps, reduce stress, boost the immune system, help with osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease and relieve urinary tract infections. Rose is also the herb/oil of beautification and is great for hair and skin.

You can get loose herbs at your local natural foods store or order online from a reputable retailer like Mountain Rose Herbs.

 

 1 tsp tulsi
1 tsp astragalus
1 tsp dried rose
non-dairy milk
maple syrup
sprinkle of cinnamon

(Start with equal parts of the loose tea, then adapt according to your taste.)

Pour boiling water over herbs in a tea press or teapot and let steep for 10-15 minutes.

Transfer tea to small saucepan and add equal parts non dairy milk (oat milk seems to be having a moment).

Warm to your desired temperature.

Pour into mug and add maple syrup to taste.

Sprinkle some cinnamon on top.

Enjoy.

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