See I had really high hopes about what I was going to accomplish this winter. I was going to finally complete the ‘Taste of Herbs,’ an online herbal course taught by the knowledgeable and lovely Rosalee de la Foret and hosted by Learning Herbs. (I highly recommend checking out Learning Herbs, for both novice and advanced herbal studies!). Barely had I started carving out morning time for these studies when we decided to get a puppy.
Also, yoga classes were finally on my agenda again ~ it’s hard to fit in self care these days but I discovered yoga when pregnant with my first child and have tried to incorporate it into my winter routine since....it doesn’t always work out that way....Especially now that there’s this puppy who needs daily walking and training, and it’s a lot easier to walk with a puppy and work with them one on one rather than also walking with a four year old who doesn’t want to be in the rain or wind or sideways snow! So there goes yoga for another year...but I will still do a short practice of my own, somehow, yes, this must be :); but yes, a puppy.
This month's post was supposed to be all about a recipe of my Chai Tea blend and how the ingredients in it meld together together to make a warming, stimulating and digestive treat...I’ll still give you the recipe at the bottom of this post, and trust me when I tell you it’s seriously an incredibly delicious Chai Tea that you can make in bulk and then use whenever your heart desires. (But I’m not getting into the energetics of this tea blend today. I’ve been too busy being a puppy parent lately.) This blend makes a great non-alcoholic drink to make for holiday functions or to sip while curled up with a warm blanket reading a good book on these dark winter days. Or make a batch up for fall and winter birthday and holiday gifts!
With love on this first official day of Winter ~ Emily
~ Dry Mix Ingredients ~
1 cup Cinnamon bark (chips, or sticks broken up with mortar & pestle)
1/2 cup Ginger root, dried
1/2 cup Orange peel, dried
1/3 cup Cardamom pods ~ the green ones, Not the powder!
1/4 cup Fennel seeds
3 T. Peppercorns, black
2 T. Cloves, whole
4 t. Nutmeg, powdered
1T. Vanilla bean (buy whole and cut into teeny tiny pieces)
Thoroughly mix all the above together.
~ Method ~
Spoon 3 tablespoons dry mix in 2 cups water, stir. Bring to a gentle boil, then turn down and simmer 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and add an optional 3 tablespoons black tea; cover and steep for 10 minutes. (Keep covered for 10 minutes if not using black tea as well.). Strain. Add 2 cups of the milk of your choice. Warm gently and whisk in 1-3 tablespoons honey. Enjoy :)
Notes: I will often reuse the strained material and make it again using the same method. It’s certainly a different flavor and not as rich, but that’s an option. Also one of my favorite things to do is to put the strained mix into a pot of water and put it on top of our wood stove to heat. Eventually this imparts a lovely scent in the air that just makes me feel all warm and cozy!!
The ingredients I use are all Organic and most are purchased from Mt. Rose Herbs (a fabulous company out of Eugene Oregon) or our local natural foods store. You can also make your own orange peel by saving and drying your own.