Warm Up With Cinnamon Chai Based on Chinese Herbal Medicine

Americans are fast becoming tea lovers.  Tea is growing in popularity here in the West.  There are different styles of tea and many teas have combinations of herbs, spices, fruit, etc., inside the steeping pot!  Each tea recipe has properties that can also improve your health.

At August Point Wellness, we observe the interaction between man and his environment.  As the environment changes, man should be able to adapt in order to stay healthy.  The theories of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) are based on these observations.  With acupuncture, herbs, and other forms of therapy, August Point works with the client to achieve that harmony with nature.  In the interest of herbal medicine, we have decided to share our very first recipe for a warming, winter tea.

  • 1-2 tsp loose green tea
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or in a pinch, use 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder)
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1/8 tsp sliced fresh ginger
  • 20 dried Goji berries
  • 1/2 tsp honey

Nature of this Tea Recipe:  Warm

TCM benefits:

  • Green tea – Cooling.  Balances the warm nature of herbs in this tea.
  • Cinnamon – Treats chills and fever without sweating
  • Clove – Tonify Kidney, Spleen, Stomach. tonify Yang.
  • Ginger – Warms Lung, strengthens Stomach, stops cough
  • Goji berry – Nourish Liver and Kidney, tonify Yin.
  • Honey – Tonify the Lung, Spleen, Large Intestine.

In a nutshell, this tea has properties of warming the center of the body, promoting healthy digestive function, keeping lungs moist, and preventing cold weather from injuring the body.  If you tend toward coldness in the winter time that chills you to the core, this tea helps your body regulate its temperature more sufficiently.  If you also tend to have poor digestion that gets worse in the winter time, this tea can provide benefit.  This tea will also help with that winter cough that has been lingering for weeks.  Try it!

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