I really love chai. Really. Love it. Not only is it warm, delicious, and comforting, it is filled with wonderful antioxidant-rich spices which help with all those nasty free radicals your body makes when under stress. You’ll notice a few distinct differences between my “recipe” and a traditional chai recipe. The first is going to be the absence of black tea. Black tea is in the nervine category of herbs–more specifically a nervine stimulant. When we’re trying to relax, we need to avoid stimulants (or go to a nervine relaxant or adaptogen, which I’ll talk about soon). So try this without tea. Warm a cup of milk, add a little raw honey to taste (I typically use about 1 teaspoon) and 1/2-1 teaspoon of spice mix per cup of milk (I use almond milk).
Chai-ish Mix (use leftovers in your smoothies for an awesome antioxidant boost)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice (yes, I know this isn’t traditional chai fodder, but it is darn good)
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teapsoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, optional