Spicy Chai Tea Recipe

Activate your internal fire with the pungent spices and aromatics of this chai tea to rid your body of unwanted toxins.

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This spicy chai tea will warm you up for the day ahead. You can choose a base of either classic black tea or rooibos tea for a caffeine-free version. You can also make a larger batch and reheat it as the week goes on. Yield: 2 servings.


  • 8 slices ginger root, each about 1/4 inch thick
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder or chips
  • 1 cardamom pod
  • Dash of cloves or nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon black or rooibos tea


  1. Add 4 cups of water to a large saucepan, and place on high heat.
  2. Add the sliced ginger, black peppercorns, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves or nutmeg, and set to boil.
  3. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer, and cook partially covered to reduce evaporation for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the tea, fully cover, and remove from heat. Allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes.
  5. Strain, and serve hot, adding sweetener or milk as you prefer. You can also serve it cooled or iced. Store the remaining tea for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

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Bevin Clare, M.S., R.H., CNS, is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist with a deep love for plants. She holds a master’s degree in infectious disease, and serves as president of the American Herbalists Guild.


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