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Traditional Chai Tea Recipe

Nurture and nourish yourself this Winter with our traditional chai tea. Filled with skin loving herbs and spices, it’s the perfect guilt-free treat to warm and soothe your body. 

Originating from South Asia and also known as masala chai (mixed-spice tea), chai tea is a creation of different herbs and spices in different ratios to create a  personalised treat that is one of the most enriching and  anti-inflammatory teas you can drink. I found whilst savouring my chai [and quiet moment to myself], I was warmed from the inside out and could almost feel myself begin to glow from all those nourishing ingredients. Even the ritual of creating and brewing the chai tea recipe was a lovely way to relax and recharge. This chai tea recipe is perfect for the cooler months to help you look and feel beautiful.  We’ve also got you covered from the outside in with our Chai Shimmer Lip Nourish, try it today to protect your lips this winter!

BEAUTY FOOD BENEFITS

This traditional chai tea recipe is full of nourishing goodies to nurture you from the inside out. The combination of herbs and spices work together to provide a natural and healthy pick me up through the presence of threobromine. They also provide powerful antioxidants for your body to fight free radicals that cause wrinkles,  while its anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce redness and puffiness. Not only helping your complexion, the ginger in chai also boosts your immune system to help fight against colds, aids digestion, relieves headaches and inflammation and even improves  the absorption and stimulation of essential nutrients in the body.

TRADITIONAL CHAI TEA RECIPE

15 minutes go to whoa. Makes 1 cup.

YOU’LL NEED

2 whole black peppercorns

3 cardamon pods

3 whole cloves

1 cinnamon stick

Just over 1cm of fresh ginger

1 whole nutmeg

1 tbspn black tea

1 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup milk of choice [we recommend cold pressed almond milk]

Optional: 1 tbspn of honey

HOW TO

1. To prepare the spice, gently smash cardamon with the side of a knife, peel and thinly slice the ginger, then combine all spices in a saucepan.

2. Add water and milk to the saucepan and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring regularly to ensure the milk is not burning.

3. Add the black tea to the saucepan, continuing to simmer for a further 5 minutes.

4. Strain the chai tea mixture using a fine strainer, into a gorgeous mug and enjoy while warm!

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Use this chai tea recipe as a base, don’t be afraid to try different ratios of the ingredients to find your perfect style!
  • In this chai tea recipe, you can choose to only add the water to the saucepan.  You can then heat the milk separately and add to your mug. Note, simmer time will be reduced if choosing to do this.
  • These spices may be ground together and kept in an air tight container to store until you next use this chai tea recipe!

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Chai

Time to Chai this!

With its exotic taste and nourishing benefits, chai is our super power during these busy times.

Also known as Masala Chai (mixed-spice tea), chai is known for its exotic taste and nourishing benefits. A traditional chai spice mixture usually contains cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom, black pepper and black tea. This combination is incredibly nourishing from the inside out and is even a natural stimulant, encouraging and facilitating balanced energy production within the body.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Packed with antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron and threobromine, chai spices prevent free radical damage that cause premature ageing. The gloves, ginger and cinnamon all contain strong anti-inflammatory benefits which reduce redness and puffiness in your complexion whilst soothing your digestive system. The mixture of ginger and cardamom also help to fight against colds and strengthen your immune system!

COOK:

For a delicious warm drink, chai spices can be boiled with black tea and water, strained and served with warm milk.

TIP:

Adding different ratios of each can allow you to create your own personal mixture! Refined sugar or honey can be added as an optional extra.

Chai Shimmer Lip Nourish

We love the beauty benefits of chai so much, we even made a delicious  Chai Shimmer Lip Nourish  to protect and nourish your lips from the outside in!

And Kourtney Kardashian loves our Chai Shimmer so much she’s shared it on kourtneykardashian.com and her Kourtney Kardashian Official App where she shares delicious recipes and healthy living tips.

Chai Shimmer - Kourtney Kardashian

Why Kourtney Kardashian Loves Chai

Chai is good for you and is also eco-friendly. Many organic chai and chai-based products are grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers—which is so important when it comes to anything you consume on a regular basis. This time of year, I love to get a chai latte (non-dairy, of course!) to get into the holiday spirit!