Currently everything related to alternative therapies and what is Oriental instantly causes a sensation in the West, often this is due more to “fashion” than to the same benefits that these disciplines have the ability to provide.
However, this is not the case of the so-called Yogi Tea, an infusion based on spices and with high energizing properties that has been consumed in India for more than 5000 years, being introduced in the United States in the middle of the 20th century by Yogi Bhajan.
Its flavor is tremendously aromatic, easily distinguishable and also peculiar, thanks to the almost perfect combination with the spicy flavor of ginger and pepper, and the slightly sweet flavor of cinnamon.
From this moment on, the tasty preparation began to spread throughout the country, enabling today to be found even in tea houses dedicated exclusively to serve these infusions and their variants.
When is the best time to drink Yogi Tea?
Many specialists recommend drinking this tea before or after practicing Yoga, which is mainly because it clears the mind of problems and worries, thus helping to achieve greater concentration.
It helps the Yoga practitioner to stay healthy, and feel a balance both corporal and mental, being in turn a natural antidepressant that prevents infections of the respiratory system, thus increasing the general defenses of our body.
It acts as a general stimulant, besides being a good substitute for black tea or coffee.
Benefits of Yogi Tea
But although these millenary infusions are very consumed at present, few people actually take them for their healing properties, being more appreciated for its rich taste and the fact of being free of caffeine.
However, in addition to this, yogi tea works as an energizer and stimulant of the state of mind and body (with ginger), serving for various health problems, as in the case of bones (cinnamon), blood circulation, the colon, to improve digestion (cardamom and black pepper), to strengthen the immune system and create a sense of general well-being.
In addition, it has practically no contraindications, so its consumption is very safe (unless, of course, you have some type of allergy to any of its ingredients, which is why its consumption is not advisable).
How to prepare Yogi Tea
Surely you can find many recipes to prepare yogi tea, but discounted small alterations, the main ingredients are usually always the same. In this case, a very powerful yogi tea prepared through a process that will seek to extract its healing properties to the maximum, which is why it takes some cooking time.
- 2 liters of water
- 15 whole cloves
- 20 grains of black pepper
- 3 cinnamon barks
- 20 cardamom pods
- 8 slices of fresh ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon of black tea
- Honey and milk (optional).
- Start by placing the water on the fire, and when it is about to boil place the cloves and continue to boil for a minute more.
- Now add the pepper, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon, letting it cook for a half hour.
- Once that time has passed, reduce the heat to a minimum and let the tea continue to cook for a couple of hours.
- When you notice that the spices have released much of their essences, you can remove the preparation from the fire and add the black tea.
- Remove a little and let it cool.
- Now you only need to filter it well, and you will have your yogi tea ready to reserve.
- When serving, you should only warm it a little, sweeten it with honey and accompany it with milk if you wish.