A Holy Chai Experience

by lydia on March 4, 2014

Imagine yourself, it’s mid-afternoon and your mind is starting to wander. You feel ‘blah’ and want to reach for something to soothe your mood, yet jazz you up. What do you need in that moment?

I’ve got just the thing! A Holy Chai Experience…..

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What on earth is a holy chai experience? The experience is what you get when you steep together a blend of Holy Basil, paired with green tea and chai spices. They all meld into the most delightful little latte. Beat stress with this soothing and healing tea. It’s pleasant aroma will soothe your soul. Clasp a mug in your hands and nourish your health and maintain your body’s overall balance. This Chai is great for times when you feel ‘stagnant’ in your body and mind.

Caution: Avoid the use of Holy Basil during pregnancy, nursing or if you are trying to conceive ( as it may have an anti-fertility effect). Do not administer to infants or toddlers. May lower blood sugar, consult a doctor if hypoglycemic (in separate studies, it has also been shown to be beneficial for those with hypoglycemia). Holy Basil has mild blood thinning properties.

A Holy Chai Experience
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 2 Cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup coconut milk, preferably homemade
  • 2 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 2 cloves, or 1 star anise, crushed
  • Pinch of fennel seeds
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of Green tea leaves (any kind you like) OR try black tea
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of Holy Basil
  • Tiny pinch of green leaf stevia (optional) or sweetener of your choice
Instructions
  1. Add cardamom, cloves, fennel seeds and water to teapot and bring to a low boil.
  2. Add tea leaves and stevia leaves (if using) to water and cover for 3 minutes.
  3. Remove cover, strain and add the coconut milk.
  4. Bring everything to a boil for about 30 seconds.
  5. Remove from heat and serve - makes 2 cups worth.
  6. Add sweetener to taste if desired.
  7. Optional: I often use a Green Tea Chai blend that I get through Frontier herbs. In that case, you would just add 1 heaping teaspoon of the chai blend and 1 teaspoon of the Holy Basil leaves and omit the spices.
  8. Alternatively: Add the tea leaves alone first and steep for 3 minutes.
  9. Strain and then add the spices to the pot and bring back up to a boil quickly.
  10. Reduce to a low simmer and simmer 15 minutes.
  11. Or just turn off the heat and let steep 30 minutes. Strain and bring back up to a quick roll and pour into a cup and drink.
  12. A 30 minute steep time gives the best spice flavor I find. Either way, if you need a quick hot drink, the short method tastes great as well.

 

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Debra E March 22, 2014 at 3:31 pm

For my diabetic daughter, the Holy Basil actually seems to raise her blood sugar. For awhile I’ve been making a green tea with red raspberry leaf, licorice, and sylvestre gymena (spelling?). I decided to get holy basil and add to it. She’s been drinking it for the last 2 days and her blood sugar has been consistently in the 260’s after drinking it! So not sure if it’s just her or if it tends to raise blood sugar rather than decreasing it.

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lydia February 28, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Debra,

Sorry I never replied -wow. It’s hard to say – but I would avoid the licorice next time and see -OR better yet, make a tea of each individual herb, one at a time and see how it goes for her.

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