In the mood for tea with a bit of a chill outside? Try a tea for your dosha.

In Ayurveda, it is not recommended to drink cold drinks because it can kill your digestive fire (agni). Now, that the chill is in the air and wind has picked up, what a great time to try one of the Ayurvedic tea preparations below to support our entrance into the Vata time of year! 

Tea 1 - to balance dryness or the feeling of being unsettled
1 cup water
1 big, brown cardamom pod, crushed
A few whole cloves
1 stick of licorice root
Optional ingredient: honey

Tea 2 - to balance roughness or hoarseness of throat
1 cup water
1 big, brown cardamom, crushed
1 stick of licorice root
1/3 tsp. marshmallow root
Optional ingredient: honey

Tea 3 - to balance cold
1 cup water
1 big, brown cardamom, crushed
1 stick of licorice root
1/3 tsp. peppermint leaf
Optional ingredient: honey

Tea 4 - for congestion, mucus, infection or flu-like symptoms
1 cup water
1 stick of licorice root
1 stick of cinnamon
1/3 tsp. holy basil leaf

Directions

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to boiling point. Pour over into a glass tea pot with the spices for the tea of your choice, and let steep for 5 minutes. I use a tea ball or a gold filter that sits down in my tea pot. Surround your tea pot with a hand towel to retain the heat. 
  2. Strain or remove the herbs.
  3. Cool until just warm and then add a little honey. 

Note: Tea recipes 1, 2, or 3 may be cooked with milk if mucus within the body is not present.