Herbal Chai

It’s cold outside.  Why not warm up with a tasty, hot beverage that is good for you.

1/2 tablespoons dandelion root

1/2 tablespoon burdock root

1 tablespoon of fennel seeds

6 green cardamom pods

12 cloves

1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns

1 small cinnamon stick

1/4 inch slice of fresh ginger root (or a teaspoon of dried ginger)

Grind all of the ingredients except the  fresh ginger.  Bring 7 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan and add the ground mixture and fresh ginger to the boiling water.  Turn the heat down to the lowest setting and simmer the ingredients for 30 - 40 minutes.  At this point you can add milk, coconut milk, or almond milk to your liking.    Sweeten with honey, if desired.

This is a basic recipe,  It can really be quite versatile.  I almost always add other roots and berries that might be beneficial as well such as hawthorn berries,  chaste berries (for women)  or maybe even a touch of  touch of white willow bark.  When making an herbal chai specifically for men, I add Saw Palmetto and Sarsparilla.

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