Ayurvedic Chai Recipes for Your Dosha

by Monica Gisella
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The perfect Autumn and Winter drink: Chai latte.

These Chai recipes are particularly good for Vata and Kapha, although with just a few modifications, Pitta dosha can have it too.

Just another Ayurvedic way to help us stay warm and cozy during the cold season.

Ayurvedic Chai Recipes

The Benefits of Chai

As we add more layers to our clothing, if observant, we can notice the changes produced by the weather on the body and emotions.

As per Ayurveda, the cold and windy temperatures increase the air element within us.

More air equals indecisiveness, hyperactivity, and agitation.

It becomes common to lose sleep over trivial things. Sad to say, insomnia quickly turns into anxiety and low performance during the day.

Winter, on the other hand, and which is quickly approaching, brings along the earth element.

Short, freezing days make us feel lethargic and apathetic.

It’s not absurd to want to stay in our pajamas all day, watching an ol’ rerun, when we get too much of it.

What I just described are the Vata and Kapha aggravated doshas, respectively. Clearly, they don’t facilitate our brightest, most productive, or happier times.

That’s why we need to add foods to our diet that are inherently stimulating, while also being deeply grounding, so we can diminish naturally the elevated elements (Air and Earth) and come back to a state of homeostasis.

These Ayurvedic Chai Recipes offer you exactly that!

Some benefits of having a home-made, Ayurvedic chai whenever you’re feeling too “airy” or too “earthy”:

  • Calms the nervous system
  • Improves the condition of the skin, by hydrating it
  • Boosts circulation in the body
  • Enhances fertility and reproductive health
  • Increases Ojas — The Nectar of life
  • Balances hormones
  • Improves digestion
  • Alleviates bloating and constipation

What Is In It?

Firstly, the spices that we use in these recipes add warmth to the body and help strengthen the digestive fire or Agni.

Cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, and cloves remove blockages, and facilitate movement. Something we definitely want to support when Vata or Kapha — or both —are intensified.

Fennel, tulsi, and ginger are also profoundly aromatic: a great stimulant for our senses.

We will use home-made almond milk for Vata and Pitta Chai lattes, as it is “heavier” and more stabilizing for those types of body. Kapha needs lightness; therefore, we will prepare this dosha’s Chai latte in water only — not to worry, as it’ll be still delicious.

Ayurvedic Chai Recipes

Vata Chai Latte Recipe

Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Almond milk
  • 1 bag Tulsi tea
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Ground cardamom
  • 1 Star anise
  • 1 inch Fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients, except the milk, in a saucepan on medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir in spices until they are well dissolved.
  • Boil until water is reduced by about half the volume.
  • Add in almond milk and lower heat to low-medium. Continue to cook for a few more minutes.
  • Remove from heat and strain.
Get ready to calm your nerves 🙂

Also, balance your dosha with the FREE Ayurvedic Meal Plan for Vata

Pitta Chai Latte Recipe

Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp Cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 2 Leaves Fresh mint
  • 1/2 tbsp Jaggery

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients, except the milk, in a saucepan on medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir in spices until they are well dissolved.
  • Boil until water is reduced by about half the volume.
  • Add in almond milk and lower heat to low-medium. Continue to cook for a few more minutes.
  • Remove from heat and strain.
This divine drink will remove any seasonal imbalances you may have without increasing your natural, internal fire.

Also, balance your dosha with the FREE Ayurvedic Meal Plan for Pitta

Kapha Chai Latte Recipe

Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/4 tsp Ground cardamom
  • 1 stick Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1 inch Grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Dry ginger
  • pinch Nutmeg
  • pinch Orange peel

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir in spices until they are well dissolved.
  • Boil until water is reduced by about half the volume.
  • Lower heat to low-medium. Continue to cook for a few more minutes.
  • Remove from heat and strain.
After you drink it, you’ll be ready to conquer your day!

Also, balance your dosha with the FREE Ayurvedic Meal Plan for Kapha

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