Life this time of year can feel like a marathon of family gatherings, shopping, and general overdoing. Instead of relying on vast amounts of caffeine to keep up the pace, try a homemade herbal chai to build your body's reserves. This energy-enhancing blend stars eleuthero (also known as Siberian ginseng), which helps the body adapt to stress; burdock to gently detox the liver; and licorice to balance the adrenal system (omit if you have high blood pressure). Ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom warm your body and add a spicy-sweet flavor. Drink three to four cups daily for best effects. Find dried herbs at jeansgreens.com or frontiercoop.com.
- Yield: Makes 1 quart
Source: Body+Soul, 2008
- 3 teaspoons dried eleuthero
- 2 teaspoons dried burdock root
- 2 teaspoons dried licorice root
- 1 teaspoon dried (or 2 teaspoons fresh chopped) ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon chips (or 1 cinnamon stick)
- 1 teaspoon cardamom pods
Simmer herbs in 1 quart of water for 20 minutes. Strain and discard herbs. Pour a cup, adding milk and honey to taste if desired. Keep remaining tea in a jar or thermos. Tea will keep for two days in refrigerator.