Yogi Chai Tea

About ten years ago, I went on a two-month spiritual camping trip with a friend of mine.  One of our destinations was the 3HO Kundalini yoga retreat in Espanola, New Mexico.  Here I learned to make the Yogi Chai Tea recipe developed by Yogi Bhajan. 

Last night, we had a dinner party and I tripled the recipe.  Now that’s a lot of tea.  I left it to simmer all day long, the house smelled divine.  The only real alteration to the recipe is that I incorporate Rooibos (or decaf black tea) to eliminate all caffeine for The Community Cleanse.  

Yogi Chai Tea


  • 8 cups of water
  • 15 cloves
  • 20 peppercorns
  • 3 sticks of cinnamon
  • 20 whole cardamom pods (break them apart once they start to split)
  • 8 fresh slices of ginger( ¼ inch thick)
  • ½ tsp of Rooibos or ½ tsp decaf black tea (equal to one teabag)  
  • Almond milk, nut milk, or soy milk to taste
  • Agave or honey to taste


  1. Bring water to a boil and add the cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger.
  2. Cover and cook on high heat for 30 minutes.
  3. Simmer for as long as desired.  I let the tea simmer for well over an hour.
  4. Add the Rooibos tea (or black tea if not cleansing) and let simmer for a few more minutes. 
  5. Add nut milk or soy milk and agave or honey to taste.
  6. You can always reheat a cup at a time.
  7. Enjoy!

Spicy Info

  • Cloves are anti-inflammatory and high in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Peppercorns (or black pepper) help with digestion.
  • Cinnamon has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory benefits and helps to control blood sugar levels in the body.
  • Cardamom is an antioxidant.
  • Ginger boosts the immune system and has anti-inflammatory benefits.  Studies have shown ginger to be protective against certain types of cancer.  It also helps greatly with motion sickness.     
  • Rooibos is a powerful antioxidant.
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