Spicing it up in Da’ kitchen!

imagejpeg_0-4I love my afternoon refresher, Real Masala Chai (Spiced tea). I have found when I get the afternoon slump, it’s time to get perked up. Now it’s not all the caffeine in this concoction that boosts me. It’s the medicinal spices that create a natural surge of energy and benefit my body and mind!

The beneficial spices and roots we use in this tea are Ginger, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Fennel Seeds, Cassia Buds or Cinnamon, and fresh Turmeric (if you have it).

Below are the medically proven benefits to these spices.

This chai has enhanced my experience of beginning the Enlightened Women Lifestyle Program. It was already an excitement in my life, and now I’m “buzzing” about it πŸ˜‰
We begin with intentions and prayer and move swiftly into actions to incorporate into your daily lives with ease. This program is created for YOU! For you to incorporate powerful (magical) self-development (transformation) work into your busy lives. Take this goodness into your everyday life. It’s all on line and SUPER simple to have access to it, even if you’re not computer savvy.
You can still join us for the next day or so…The magic is just beginning. Or you can wait until the next one which begins next month…Message me if ready…
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Now, enjoy getting yo’chai on!!

Real Masala Chai

Ingredients (to make 2 cups):

1 cup Water
3 slices of Ginger Root
4-5 Green Cardamom pods (filled with seeds)
1-2 Black pepper corns
1/2 teaspoon Fennel Seeds
1 teaspoon Loose Black Tea
1 Cassia Buds/or a stick of cinnamon
Coconut Sugar or jaggary
1 cup Milk (cow or coconut or hemp or whatever milk you want to experiment with)
Optional: 3-4 small slices Fresh Turmeric Root

Put water into pot, turn on, heat up.
In a mortar, crush the ginger (and turmeric slices if you have) first, add to water. Put a little water in the mortar and rinse into the chai pot. imagejpeg_0-3
Crush the cardamom, pepper corns, fennel seeds and add to water, bring to a boil.
Add black tea, let boil for less than 30 sec, then add the milk and sugar to the pan and bring to a boil.
Cover and let steep for 3 minutes.
Stir the chai, then strain it into cups or a pot.

Medicinal Properties of MASALA CHAI

Ginger – from nausea to aches and pains in the body (like arthritis) ginger is a great healer.
– lowers cholesterol
– great for women’s issues: menstrual cramps
– treatment for colds
– eliminates toxins and raises body heat
– enhances digestion: eat 2-3 slices with lime and salt before a meal (feels just like a tequila shot). Stokes the digestive fire, improves assimilation and transporting nutrients to targeted body tissues

Contraindications: hyper-acidity, hemorrhage (including menstruation), vertigo, and chronic skin diseases.

But overall ginger can be used daily.

It is now recognized by modern science to prevent motion and air sickness. And for relief of joint pain especially in early stages of arthritis.

Treats digestive problems. Can be related to ginger as it can be used in much the same way.
Detoxes through eliminating waste through kidneys
Cleanses bad breath – in India, these are chewed after meals for fresh breath.

Colds/flu – can be used to treat bronchitis and coughs.
Cancer – inhibits growth and even kills some cancers
Blood Pressure – a diuretic, rich in fiber and significantly lowers blood pressure.

Blood clots – prevents dangerous blood clots by preventing cholesterol from sticking to the artery walls

Antioxidant – many phyto-nutrients, vitamins and the essential oils in cardamom act as antioxidants, cleaning up free chemicals and resisting cellular aging.

Pathogens – cardamom oils inhibit growth of viruses, bacteria, fungus and mold.

Anti-inflammatory – limit swelling and pain in the mucus membranes of mouth and throat.

Aphrodisiac – powerful. Can help with erectile dysfunction and impotence.
Fennel Seeds:
Digestive, antioxidant
Anti cancer because of the antioxidants and fiber composition. Fennel protects the colon mucus from cancers

Can be eaten after meals for digestion

High concentration of minerals. Great production of red blood cells

Vitamins A, E, C, as well as B complex.
Used for treating muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, infections and the common cold, loss of appetite and erectile dysfunction.
diabetes: improves glucose and lipids levels
prevents Alzheimer disease
HIV, Multiple Sclerosis
lowers negative side effects of fat meals

Blocking Cancer, powerful antioxidant and potent anti-inflammatory.
relief from indigestion, heart burn, heart disease and diabetes.
Turmeric has SO MANY beneficial qualities and properties that I suggest you look it up…
Too many to list here πŸ™‚