Years ago my yoga teacher,
Yogi Bhajan, came to
the USA to teach Kundalini Yoga.
He taught us not only yoga and meditation but a whole lifestyle
of living a healthy, happy and holy life. Included in his
teachings are breathing techniques, tips on raising children,
male and female relationships, and a huge body of knowledge on
using food as medicine.
One of the most wonderful recipes he
gave us is for YOGI TEA. This delicious tasting tea has
been used for centuries to rejuvenate the body, strengthen the
nervous system, cleanse the liver, aid in digestion, fight flus
and colds, and make the house smell wonderful as it's cooking.
As each season changes it is an
excellent idea to clean and detoxify your body. You can go on
extended fasts and practice all kinds of austerities, but most
people don't want to or don't have the time to devote to proper
fasting. One simple answer is to fast on YOGI TEA.
Do you drink coffee and wonder if or
how you can stop? I have found many people can use YOGI TEA
as a substitute for coffee both for a different kind of taste as
well as for the invigoration it provides.
Drink YOGI TEA as often as you
want. It's delicious hot or blended with ice cubes for a frothy
For each cup of tea, begin with 10
ounces of water. Bring the water to a rapid boil and add (for
3 whole cloves
4 whole green cardamom pods
4 whole black peppercorns
1 slice fresh gingeroot
Let this boil, covered, for 15-20
minutes (longer for larger amounts). Then add:
1/2 cup cold milk (per cup of
Bring the tea back to a boil and shut
off. Add for only a couple minutes:
1/4 tsp. of any black tea (I prefer
If you wish to make more than one
quart at a time (I'd recommend it), you will need less spices. A
good amount of spices to use for 2 quarts of YOGI TEA, is
about 20 each of cardamom pods, peppercorns, and 15 each of
cloves. For cinnamon, use about 3 sticks. For the ginger, use
about 1 inch of the sliced root. Use 1 quart of milk and 1 Tbl.
of black tea.
The black pepper is a blood purifier,
the cardamom is for the colon, the cloves for the nervous
system, the cinnamon for the bones, the ginger strengthens the
sex organ system and also helps when you are suffering from a
cold, the flu, or general physical weakness. The milk aids in
the easy assimilation of the spices and avoids irritation to the
colon and stomach. The black tea acts as an alloy for all of the
ingredients, achieving a new chemical alloy structure which
makes the tea a healthful and delicious drink!
If you find all this too much work,
we have the original formula or delicious variations in tea bags
at GRD or check your local health food store.
Check out more information about the
Yogi Tea Company at their website: