Want to Chai Me? The Ayurvedic Latte

Starting to feel that tickle in your throat?As the days become shorter and the temperature drops, there is an increased need for warming and soothing foods. In Ayurveda (Traditional Indian Healing System) and Chinese Medicine, each food has specific qualities and properties. Warming foods are grounding and bring heat to the body. This builds strength, increasing immunity and preparing the body for winter. Warming foods are nourishing, enhancing the body’s absorption of nutrients.

Hot lattes are always a soothing, comforting treat during this season. However, milk can lead to an increase in mucous, congestion, and stuffiness. Try out these delicious, beautiful teas and tea lattes that are full of flavour and bursting with comfort, without the excess shnot (click here for information about preventing shnot).

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The Old Classic- Ginger Lemon Honey Tea 2 cups water 1 inch piece raw ginger ½ lemon, juiced 1-2 tsp honey

Slice the ginger root into thin pieces. In a small pot boil the ginger and water for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add lemon and honey.

Ravishing Rice Milk Not so into milk that doesn’t come from cows? Nervous about those strange nut milks? Give this rice milk recipe a try, and you’ll fall in love.

2 cups of rice milk (or almond milk) 5 cardamom pods 1 vanilla bean

Simmer the milk, cardamom pods, and vanilla bean for 5 minutes.

Pumpkin Spiced Latte 2 cups almond milk 2 tablespoons pumpkin butter 4 cardamom pods ½ inch piece of raw ginger 2 tsp honey

Slice ginger into thin pieces. In a small pot, gently simmer the milk, cardamom pods, and raw ginger for 5 minutes. Add the pumpkin butter and honey.

Home-Made Chai 2 cups almond or rice milk 5 cardamom pods 6 cloves 1 tsp peppercorns 1 cinnamon stick 2 tsp of roibois tea (or black tea) 2 tsp honey

Slice ginger into thin pieces. In a mall pot, gently simmer the milk and spices for 7 minutes. Add the tea and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add honey.