Kapha-Pacifying Recipe: Winter Elixir
In the middle of winter, I find that there is nothing better than a warm, soothing beverage to help battle the cold outside. It can be as simple as a warm glass of water that I’m sipping throughout the day, or a quick cup of ginger tea.
Over the holidays, my husband and I went to Michigan to visit my parents. Michigan is quite a frigid state, especially in the winter months. While we were there, my mom made this super yummy and warming tea that I just had to share with all of you.
Keep in mind, winter is the season of kapha, so we want to favor heating herbs and spices in our foods. We also want to focus on herbs and spices that have a special affinity to the lungs as well, as they are one of the main seats of kapha.
This beautiful little elixir does all the above. It will help melt any excess kapha that is lodged in our bodies, as well as warm us and keep our agni nice and robust through the winter months. There is nothing like getting our bodies revved up to beat the winter lethargy that the external kapha can bring.
Enjoy this warm beverage any time of day, especially in the morning to get you ready to take on the cold and wet day that lies ahead!
- 2 cups water
- 4 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
- ½ teaspoon ashwagandha powder
- 2 teaspoons tulsi powder
- ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
- ½ lemon squeezed
- Honey to taste*
Heat the water in a pot on the stove. Mix in the ginger, ashwagandha, tulsi, and cardamom and let the tea come to a rolling boil. Take it off the stove and let it cool down a little. Mix in the fresh lemon juice and just a touch of honey for taste.
Note: this recipe makes 2 cups of tea. Double the recipe to keep in a thermos at your desk at work, or at home to make it easy to enjoy throughout the day.