Mullein Chai Recipe

I recently made this chai for an herbal group that was meeting at my house.  It's a tasty, mild chai beverage.  One could easily Increase the amount of spices according to personal preference.

Based on this recipe:

1 ounce (2-3 cups) dried mullein leaves (great for lung support)

2 anise star pods

¼ teaspoon cardamom seeds

2 cinnamon sticks

2 tablespoons fennel seeds, whole

1 pinch nutmeg powder

3-6 slices of ginger, based on your preference

1 quart milk of choice

3 tablespoons honey or 6 tablespoons maple syrup

To make mullein infusion:

Bring one quart of water to a boil.

Either add dried mullein to the pot of water and cover for four or more hours OR put mullein leaves in a jar, fill jar with just boiled water, put lid on, and let steep for 4 or more hours.  

Strain mullein infusion, composting the mullein leaves.  If hairs or particulate are present, strain again using a coffee filter or cotton cloth in your strainer.

The infusion should be dark in color and free of plant particulate. 

Gently heat the infusion, adding all the spices.  Let simmer gently, covered, for 20 minutes or more.  (I let mine sit for much longer if I don't get to it).  

Strain and discard spices (I steep the discarded spices again with plain hot water for another tasty tea).

Combine the spiced mullein infusion with the milk and gently heat to serving temperature.

Add sweetener to taste.

I think when I make this again, I will add a few more spices - perhaps turmeric, black pepper, cloves, whatever suits my fancy.