I’m kind of obsessed with tea. It’s one of my favourite oxytocin boosters, so warming and nurturing and connecting. And I especially love chai, it’s grounding and warming and so nourishing for the soul! I usually make it regularly from scratch - it’s actually pretty easy!
You can find my regular chai recipe here.
But sometimes as a Newborn Mother myself, I find I don’t have the time to make proper chai from scratch. So I created tea pot chai. It’s super yummy and even quicker and easier to make. You can almost do it one handed - except for the boiling water bit!
I often use black tea, cause let's face it, I haven’t slept in years. But if you are looking for a healthier alternative rooibos or dandelion root make excellent caffeine-free chai, and are great for Newborn Mothers too. Dandelion and rooibos boost iron levels, aid digestion and increase milk supply. Both are bitter and cooling, so they calm hot emotions like anger, rage or jealousy.
The spices in the mix are not accidental either. Fennel seeds are sweet, relieve gas and cramps and promote appetite. Fennel has a licorice/aniseed flavour that I love, but may not be to your taste!
Ginger is heating, sweet, expels mucous and relieves pain. Fresh ginger is sweeter and juicier than powdered ginger, but powder can be used if you don’t have fresh ginger
If you just have a few minutes up your sleeve try this tea pot chai and let me know the results.
Tea Pot Chai
Make 2 Cups
1 teaspoon tea (your choice - see above)
½ tsp fennel seeds
Fresh ginger to taste
2 cups boiling water
Pre-warm your teapot to get the most flavour out of your chai!
Put the kettle on to boil and pop the tea and fennel seeds into your teapot.
Use a potato peeler to peel strips of ginger into your pot. Between 3 and 7 strips is plenty, depending on your flavour preference.
Add boiling water and let brew for at least 5 minutes.
Pour through a strainer and add milk and sweeten to taste.