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Our Home-blended Chai Tea Recipe is Delicious!

We wouldn’t brag about our chai tea recipe if we didn’t truly believe it’s the best. The reality is, this stuff is way better than anything you’ll buy in a tea bag. Moreover, we’re confident it’s way better for you than anything chockfull of sugar and fillers that comes in a carton!
Chai Tea Herbs

Chai Tea can be an herbalist’s go-to too!

This chai tea is filled with herbs known for their antiviral*^ properties and tasty-deliciousness. It’s spicy, warming, nourishing, and this chai tea recipe is one we’ve kept to ourselves in the past. And we’ve only offered it as a blended gift to loved ones. So, before this, we’ve never offered a published version of our chai tea recipe.

But, when Covid came around, we herbalists decided we wanted to give more. That’s because times like these are when we should all come together to stay healthy. And we believe giving our best to each other is one of our healthiest and heartwarming practices. Since it takes a while to prepare this chai tea recipe, we like to make a big batch at one time. That way we have plenty on hand to sip daily. Plus, this delicious chai tea will keep in the fridge for quite a while.

*If you’d like more information about the herbs included in this tea, please get in touch. And if you’re ever unsure of any recipe ingredient, be sure to always do your own research before putting anything in your mouth – including this chai tea recipe!

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Enjoy our downloadable recipe that follows!

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Makes about 8-10, 8 oz servings


  • 8-10t dried astragalus root
  • 1 t (or more) whole black peppercorns
  • 16 freshly, slightly crushed green cardamom pods
  • 1/2 t (about 20-30) whole cloves
  • 3-4 whole cinnamon sticks (we prefer Ceylon)
  • 2-3 t dried ginger root, not powder (peeled & chopped fresh may be substituted to taste)
  • 4-6 t chopped, dried orange peel
  • 4 whole star anise pods
  • 1-2 Tablespoons dried rose petals (optional)
  • 6-8 black tea bags**
  • 8-10 cups fresh water

Preparation Suggestion:

Combine herbs except black tea bags into a large cooking pot with lid. Add water. Cover tightly. Heat to a boil & immediately reduce to a very low simmer.

Simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. Turn off heat. Add tea bags. Stir. Cover.

Steep with tea bags to desired strength. Remove tea bags.**

At this point, you can strain the botanicals from the liquid by pouring through a fine mesh strainer. Press to get last liquid from botanicals.

Tea is ready at this point. If you aren’t going to drink all of it immediately, allow it to cool. Then pour into containers, label with name and date, and store in the fridge for several days to a week.

Serving suggestions: We fill a big mug about halfway, reheat with a steamer or microwave, add honey to taste, and top off with steamed milk or coconut milk for a rich, latte. If your blend is too strong, try diluting with a bit of fresh water to taste.

** We like our tea very strong, so we use the larger number of black tea bags and leave the tea bags and botanicals to steep, covered, until the entire mixture cools. Too, we prefer decaf. So both caffeinated and decaf black tea work well. Then, we strain everything at once.

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4 comments on “Chai Tea Recipe

  1. Catherine on

    Can you think of a replacement for astragalus? I am out and Mt Rose is not shipping at present.
    Just omit for now?

  2. Garden Mentors on

    Catherine, it’s really unfortunate that so many herb shops aren’t able to keep up with demand. But, so it goes right now. You could try calling Dandelion Botanical Co in Seattle. They may still have stock and be able to ship. But, you can certainly make Chai without the astragalus. Enjoy!

  3. Debbie on

    Hi Robin! I finally received all of the ingredients yesterday. The chai recipe is delish. So, so good. Thanks again!

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