Yogi Bhajan’s Tonic Tea

October 25, 2016

time 40 minutes

serving-1Serves 1


vegetarianDeeply nourishing

for each cup:

  • 10 ounces of water (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 4 whole green cardamom pods, cracked
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • ½ stick cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon black tea
  • 2 slices fresh ginger root
  • nut milk, to taste
  • honey or maple syrup


1. Bring water to a boil and add all spices except the black tea
2. Cover and boil 20 minutes or longer. Longer is stronger
3. Add black tea and boil for another 5 minutes
4. Don’t let it boil over. When it reaches a boil, remove immediately from heat, strain
5. If adding nut milk and honey, do so after adding the black tea and letting it steep — or better yet, add milk and honey to individual cup or a small batch. That way you can store the raw tea in the fridge and prepare with milk and honey as you go
6. Save the drained spices and use them to make a second batch with slightly less water
7. For a special treat, add just a touch of vanilla extract
8. Drink plain, cold Yogi Tea first thing in the morning as a powerful tonic
Recipe from Yogi Bhajan at 3HO


My friend, the beautiful Maxine Shifrin, pictured above, introduced me to Yogi Tea this summer at The Aerie Collective’s Goddess Camp. An absolutely beautiful, potent, rich tea that Yogi Bhajan himself introduced to the West in 1969.

When Yogi Bhajan was a military commander in India there was an epidemic among the troops. He ordered all of his men to fill their canteens with Yogi Tea and drink nothing else, not even water. His battalion was the only unit that didn’t get sick.

This tonic tea has many health benefits and is a delicious coffee alternative that will be deeply nutritive. Yogi tea purifies the blood, lungs and circulatory system. It cleans the liver and has many more unseen benefits. In the science of yogic foods the spices used are said to have the following properties:

Black pepper: blood purifier
Cardamom pods: digestive aid
Cloves: beneficial to the nervous system
Cinnamon: strengthens the bones
Ginger root: healing for colds and flu, increases energy
Black tea: catalyst for the other ingredients, tannins help assimilate spices into the body
Nut milk: helps avoid irritation and shock of the spiciness on the stomach and colon, so drink with milk if you’re sensitive

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