One of the drinks that survives each diet trend and never goes out of style is tea. Tea is one of the most delicious and effective ways to nourish your body, especially when the temperature starts to drop.  Today, the incredible Ayurvedic chef and teacher, Claire Ragozzino from Vidya Living, shares her fall & winter libation of choice that warms your entire body up, calms the nervous system & has remarkable anti-inflammatory effects. 

C |Cool crisp mornings bring the need for warming nourishment and grounding activities to stay balanced in fall. My favorite autumn mornings start with opening the windows, wrapping up in a blanket to do my morning journaling and sipping a big mug of this soul-satisfying herbal chai. In cold weather months, I keep a constant pot of this spice blend going on the stove so it’s always ready when I want a quick digestion-boosting drink to sip on throughout the day. 


Ingredients //

6-8 cups water

2 cinnamon sticks

2 tbsp fresh grated ginger

2 tbsp fresh grated turmeric

1 tbsp cardamom pods

6 whole cloves

5 black peppercorns

2 star anise pods

1 bay leaf

½ cup tulsi holy basil (fresh or dried)

Method // 

Bring the water to boil on the stove top.  Add the spices and simmer for 20-30 minutes, adding more water as needed. Remove from heat and the tulsi leaves to the pot. Allow to steep for 5 minutes before straining the liquid. 

To serve, pour the hot concentrate into a mug about ½ to ¾  of the way full, then top your favorite nut or seed milk.  Sweeten with a bit of raw honey, maple or stevia.

Makes 2 cups concentrate

Claire Ragozzino is a certified yoga instructor, plant-based chef and holistic wellness educator. Blending Ayurvedic principles, plant-based nutrition, and yogic philosophy to cultivate deep inner wisdom for intuitive healing, Claire works with clients around the globe to inspire transformational changes in their health and wellbeing. Whether this means cleansing with the seasons or aligning our daily rhythms in harmony with the moon cycles, her business + blog, Vidya Living, provide a resource for women looking to reconnect with their roots and the ancient wisdom of self-healing through food, breath and conscious movement.