Chai Tea

(Makes 2-3 mugs)

7 whole cloves
10 black peppercorns
5 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
4-6 slices of fresh ginger
1.5 sticks of cinnamon
1 black tea bag (decaffeinated or rooibos if you prefer)
1 Litre of cold water

Place all the ingredients except the tea bag into a pan and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes. Add the tea bag and simmer for another 15 minutes.

Strain through a sieve into mugs. Add milk of your choice if desired, and honey for preferred sweetness.

I love making this tea. It not only tastes fantastic, is lovely and warming on a wet, cold, winters day, has oodles of health-giving properties, but it also makes the house smell amazing!

Cloves have so many health benefits. They are antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant and anticarcinogenic to name just a few.

Black peppercorns stimulate a sluggish digestion and soothe abdominal pain. Their heat increases enzyme actions and nutrient absorption. They aid recovery from a cold by clearing lung mucus and support a productive cough.

Cardamom is great for stimulating digestion and easing intestinal pain, bloating and indigestion.

Ginger has very similar properties to cloves as well as supporting digestion, lipid and blood glucose lowering and anti-inflammatory actions.

Cinnamon is calming, has anti-bacterial properties and lowers blood glucose.

Black tea is packed with antioxidants such as flavonoids. It boost heart health, is anti-carcinogenic, anti-bacterial, may help to reduce stress, can help support blood glucose levels, and the tannins in tea can have an astringent effect soothing an upset stomach.