The history of yogi tea begins in 1969. Master yogi Bhajan started sharing a moment with his students after his yoga class, offering them spiced tea he prepared himself. This unique blend contained 5 spices from traditional Ayurvedic medicine: cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and black pepper. Won over by the delicious complexity of flavors and the feeling of wellbeing after drinking it, Bhajan’s students quickly nicknamed the concoction “yogi tea” (not to be confused with the famous tea brand with the same name).
The tea and yoga trend
You will sometimes be served tea at a yoga session and there’s a reason for it. As warm, delicious, and comforting activities, yoga and tea are complementary at all levels. Both are “rituals” that provide relaxation and inner peace, helping us to calm down, listen to ourselves, and slow down. Both activities provide serenity, in a way. Some say that yogi tea extends the positive effects of a yoga session. If you’ve ever experienced both, you know this is easy to believe!
The benefits of tea
Many benefits are said to be associated with yogi tea. It is believed to strengthen the immune system, detoxify the body, possess antimicrobial effects, improve blood flow and digestion, and more. However, very few of these claims have been validated by modern science to date. Still, one thing is certain: yogi tea is an enjoyable drink.
Tea, on the other hand, had been proven to be a source of antioxidants that helps maintain a healthy condition. It also increases wakefulness and contributes to cardiovascular health. After analyzing available scientific data, Health Canada has even confirmed these three health claims for black, green, and oolong teas.
Make tea like a yogi
It’s very easy to make yogi tea at home. You can expect to fill your home with the sweet, spicy, and heady aromas. For maximum flavor, you need to use whole, high-quality spices. Once you gather all your ingredients, you can make your tea in no time at all. Here’s a recipe you can try at home, which is based on popular traditional ayurvedic recipes.
Homemade yogi tea
1 L (4 cups) water
20 whole white peppercorns
3 cinnamon sticks
20 whole cardamom pods, slightly crushed with a knife (or 5 ml (1 tbsp) cardamom seeds)
8 slices of fresh ginger (cut into slices of about 1cm)
10 ml (2 tsp) tea leaves of your choice (about 2 teabags) or the same quantity of nettle tea.
Milk or milk substitute (almond, soy, coconut milk, etc.)
Natural sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave syrup, coconut sugar, etc.)
In a medium pot, boil the water.
Add the cloves, white peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, and ginger, and simmer for 30 minutes.
Turn off the heat and add the tea. Let the tea infuse for 10 minutes, then remove. Let the preparation and the spices rest for 2 to 3 hours. Strain.
To serve, reheat the quantity you want to drink, then add the milk and sweetener of your choice. Sip slowly.