AUTUMN/ WINTER DANDY CHAI ADAPTOGEN TEA ELIXIR14th May 2018
This delicious, caffeine free and warming elixir contains therapeutic herbs & spices, such as raw and roasted Dandelion root, roasted Chicory root, Ginger root, Aniseed, Cinnamon bark, Clove bud, Cardamom pod and grounded Black pepper, which have been traditionally used by herbalists and naturopaths to provide stress relief; soothe the digestive system; support digestion, absorption and elimination; reduce inflammation; improve circulation; and offer potent antioxidant health benefits.
- 1 ½ teaspoons Ovvio Organic Dandy Chai Tea or a blend of raw and roasted Dandelion root, roasted Chicory root, Ginger root, Aniseed, Cinnamon bark, Clove bud and Cardamom pod
- ½ teaspoon Ovvio Organic Golden Turmeric Latte Powder or a blend of grounded Black pepper, Ginger powder, Cinnamon powder, Turmeric powder
- ½ teaspoon organic Licorice Root tea (available at Ovvio by the gram)
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup fresh or homemade almond milk
- Serve with a dusting of Cinnamon Powder
Add all ingredients to a pot and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and pour into your favourite mug and dust with cinnamon powder. Enjoy!
SPECIFIC THERAPEUTIC HEALTH BENEFITS
Botanical name: Taraxacum officinale radix
Actions and indications: Traditionally used to stimulate digestion, gallbladder function and the release of bile, acts as a laxative and anti-rheumatic. Indicated for gallbladder disorders, jaundice, constipation, and to aid in the detoxification process. Known as the universal bowel and liver herb. Can be taken roasted or raw.
Botanical name: Cichorium intybus
Actions and indications: Traditionally used for its abundance of inulin, which feeds digestive flora in the intestines. Also used to reduce free radical damage and chronic illness whilst simultaneously supporting the digestive system.
Botanical name: Zingiber officinale
Actions and indications: Traditionally used as a strong circulatory stimulant and vasodilator, diaphoretic, pulmonary antiseptic, carminative and a visceral antispasmodic. Ginger is indicated for intestinal colic, nausea, motion sickness, fever, arthritis, endometriosis and migraine headaches.
Botanical name: Pimpinella anisum
Actions and indications: Traditionally used as a relaxing expectorant, carminative and antiseptic. Indicated for coughs, bronchitis and respiratory catarrh. A great accompaniment to laxatives.
Botanical name: Cinnamomum verum
Actions and indications: Traditionally used as warming digestive tonic, carminative with anti-diarrheal actions. Also indicated for blood sugar regulation in diabetes and conditions such as nausea, colic, wind and loss of appetite.
Botanical name: Syzygium aromaticum
Actions and indications: Traditionally used as a carminative and for its anthelmintic (anti-parasitic/worming) actions. Digestive soother – for colic, wind and bloating. When eaten as is, the essential oil in clove works as an analgesic for gum/tooth pain.
Botanical name: Elettaria cardamomum
Actions and indications: Traditionally used as a carminative, antispasmodic, antiseptic, digestive, and expectorant. Used to treat sore throats, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, loss of appetite, common cold, and bronchitis.
Botanical name: Curcuma longa
Actions and indications: Traditionally used as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cholagogue (stimulate bile flow) and hepatoprotective. Indicated in asthma, digestive weakness, eczema, psoriasis, and pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, menstrual irregularities, or skin disease.
Botanical name: Piper nigrum
Actions and indications: Traditionally used as a circulatory stimulant to assist with digestion and increase metabolism. Studies have also shown that when blended with turmeric, black pepper increases its effectiveness by 2000%.
Botanical name: Glycyrrhiza glabra
Actions and indications: Traditionally used as an adaptogen and adrenal restorative, anti-inflammatory, demulcent, expectorant, laxative, urinary antiseptic and antispasmodic. It helps soothe coughs, prevents the formation of ulcers in the GIT. Good for sugar cravings and helps regulate blood sugar levels. Indicated for use in endocrine disorders such as PCOS, respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and cough, skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis and acne, gastrointestinal disorders including gastritis, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome and constipation.