I found this chai recipe over at Frugally Sustainable and have been drinking it almost everyday. The copious amounts of turmeric (a natural anti-inflammatory) is pretty awesome for my often sore RA joints. As the recipe states, the cayenne pepper is not necessary but I like the spice it adds so I always add it in. I have been drinking mine with honey and almond milk but any sweetener and/or milk would work.
I double or triple this recipe so I have some extra reserves. Also, once you pour the hot water over the mixture and let it sit for a while the bottom of the mug is a super orange and thick sludge. I played around with straining the liquid through cheese cloth (I found this messy and wasteful as I was not saving the cloth to be re-used) and through a fine metal strainer, but I now just stir in the honey and milk and let the mixture settle for a few minutes and drink as is. Just make sure to stop before you reach the thick paste…it does not taste or feel too nice – yuck!
Make sure to visit Frugally Sustainable for the background info of this recipe (as in, to see the list of the amazing properties of turmeric)! Oh and it is no joke, this stuff will dye everything orange so maybe don’t use your favorite white mug for this one :)
Turmeric Chai Tea Powder
-3 tablespoons ground turmeric
-4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
-1/8 teaspoon ground clove
-1 teaspoon ground cardamon
-2 teaspoons ground ginger
-1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (optional)
Directions: Mix all ingredients together and store in a glass jar.
Note: Cayenne pepper, although optional in the recipe, will speed the turmeric through the blood stream by relaxing blood vessels down to capillaries allowing more turmeric to get to the infections faster.