Traditional Chai Tea Recipe: To 4 cups of boiling water add 5 bruised cardamom pods, 2
cinnamon sticks, 2 peppercorns, 6 slices of ginger root, and 2 basil leaves. Boil down to 2 cups. Cool and serve
with honey or palm sugar. This is also a tasty and therapeutic alternative to caffeinated drinks.
Cinnamon A spice used extensively in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine,
cinnamon is the perfect ingredient to add to your warming winter dishes.
The Egyptians used cinnamon as a preservative for embalming, and
the Portuguese valued its tangy taste so much that it inspired several expeditions. Cinnamon is a suitable
companion to cardamom
in sweet dishes or drinks. The sourness of stewed fruit is disguised
by the addition of cinnamon and cardamom. By itself, however, you
can’t beat cinnamon sticks or powder to charge the circulation and
warm backache related to chilled kidneys. You can apply it by making a cup of boiled water with 1 cinnamon quill or
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder steeped in it for 5 minutes. A few drops of clove and cinnamon essential oils are effective
painkillers when applied directly to toothache. Also used to settle hiccups, try a pinch of cinnamon and 1/4 cup of
apple cider vinegar to ease the discomfort.
There is a belief in India that “a clove a day
keeps a sore throat at
bay.” In fact cloves’ antiseptic properties are what led to the old
English tradition of hanging oranges studded with cloves in cupboards.
The ideal clove is black with a thick stem and a closed
bud, which stimulates the taste buds with its spicy pungency.
Clove buds are often cooked with rice dishes whereas the powder
is better in vegetable dishes. For sore throats and coughs,
you could take a pinch of clove with 1 tsp of honey three times
a day or inhale the steam of 7 cloves in 5 cups of boiled water.
Chinese courtiers chewed the cloves to freshen their breath and
in Ayurveda its stimulating qualities are used for low blood pressure
and low libido.
A combination of cloves, black walnut hulls, and wormwood is
also a popular remedy used by naturopaths against worms and