Astragalus Chai Powder Blend

DESCRIPTION

A spicy chai latte is one of my favorite warm beverages. But the calories add up rather quickly. 

So when I started throwing powder blends together, coming up with a chai blend was a given.

TASTE

Spicy, warming blend - very tasty

INGREDIENTS

Astragalus, Ginger, Chicory, Cinnamon, Allspice, Cardamom, Star Anise, Orange Peel,

Lemon Peel, Clove, Black Pepper

INTERESTING INFORMATION ABOUT INGREDIENTS

   (Information I find interesting, leading to my including it in this blend)

Astragalus:  Immune and heart booster.  Use cautiously with immunosuppressive medications, chemotherapy, radiation therapy.

Ginger:  Considered a "superfood, " one of the premier herbs for digestive disturbances and for enhancing circulation.  

   Well known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Chicory:  I find it to be a good non-caffeine alternative to black tea traditionally in chai.  Liver support.

Cinnamon - Stimulates the digestive tract.  Active against staphylococcus and botulism.

Cardamom:  Reduces stomach acidity and strengthens the heart and lungs.  Stimulates the mind and imparts joy and clarity. 

Anise Star - Source of shikimic acid, the active ingredient in Tamiflu, a prescription medication for influenza.

   Also very tasty in chai!

Also contains allspice, orange peel, lemon peel, clove, and black pepper - all of which are warming, aid digestion,

   and taste great!

DIRECTIONS AND TIPS

Add ¼-½ teaspoon to 8 ounces hot water or warmed milk, let steep a few minutes, and drink up!

To get the nutritional benefits from the entire herbs, stir occasionally while drinking your beverage, or add any residual powder in the bottom of your mug to whatever you might be eating.

Add to any beverage for an herbal boost

Add to smoothies, oatmeal, soups... use your imagination!

LUANN'S THOUGHTS ABOUT "ASTRAGALUS CHAI POWDER BLEND"

     (Not based on any fancy studies - just my observations from using it and background info on why I made it)

- I like to add a bit of honey to this tea - deepens the flavors.

- I carry this blend with me and add a pinch to my water bottle throughout the day.  I remember reading somewhere - but don't remember where - that water with some sort of plant matter such as lemon juice, ginger, peppermint, etc is better assimilated by our cells than plain water.  As I said, I can't remember where I read that, but I figure it won't hurt and it just might help.  And by making my water taste better, I find it easier to drink enough water daily.

- This spicy blend is quite tasty with applesauce.

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