Immune Building Herbal Chai Recipe

This delicious and immune-boosting tea recipe came from the herb mentor website (which is a great place to learn about herbs and their uses…) I simmer a pot on the stove for about an hour, covered, since they are all roots and seeds and woody herbs…

Immune Building Autumn Chai Recipe (altered slightly)

4 cups water

2 cinnamon sticks

1 Tbls. fresh ginger, grated

1 whole nutmeg, chopped (or 1 tsp. ground works fine)

1 Tbls. cardamom pods (again I substitute 1 Tbls. powdered cardamom if that’s all I have)

5 tongues of astragalus root

1 Tbls. dried burdock root

1 Tbls. dried dandelion root

1/2 tsp. whole cloves

1/4 tsp. black peppercorns

1/2 tsp. anise seeds

1/2 tsp whole allspice

1/2 tsp dried echinacea root

So put them all in a pot and simmer (covered) 30 minutes at least, more if you can wait. Your whole house will not only smell delicious but aromatheripically (not a real word, I know..) it will help kill any sick germs floating around your house (and nasal passages for that matter).

There are great places around the Pioneer Valley to get good quality herbs (besides through me):

Acadia Herbals, Northampton, MA

Goldthread Apothecary, Florence, MA

Or by Mail:

Jeans Greens, Castleton, NY 518-479-0471

Mountain Rose Herbs, Eugene, OR

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