This recipe is my absolute favorite, and I haven’t missed a day of drinking it since I created it almost seven months ago!
My morning elixir (healing chai) was inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic Chai recipe that you can discover here.
Having that chai became an incredibly sacred practice for me with my dear friend and editor. I’d invite her over for an individual session with the caveat that she would make that chai for me . . . the recipe seemed so involved that it rendered me paralyzed. I would tell myself I just couldn’t make it.
My editor would say, “It’s not that difficult to make.”
And I would side eye her as I looked at the three pots she was working with on the stove ALL AT THE SAME TIME! Plus there was stuff with the cups, and it just looked super complicated to me (spoiler: it isn’t that difficult if you just follow the steps in order).
One day, many months after having this very special chai, I was craving this thick wonder drink of joy and healing. So I pulled out the recipe, gathered the ingredients, took a deep breath, put on my favorite Pandora station (Amy Winehouse), and began.
I did it!
I made the tea and I loved it. As a result, though, I spent the rest of that day completely jacked up because I had drunk so much of the chai. I had put in “just a touch extra” of black tea and my poor body was like an internal pinball machine from the caffeine. Moderation is a thing for a reason, but it was super fun at least for a little while.
Now let’s insert my other friend who is a genius and a tea lover. I told her about this magical chai recipe, and she was brainy enough to just use a chai tea bag and add only the ingredients she wanted directly in her cup. WHAT? I can make a quick version of this healing chai (bullet chai?) every morning and sip it while taking my kids to school? Are you even kidding me with this GENIUS LIFE CHANGING recipe?
Quick side note: After my first surgery, my body couldn’t handle coffee anymore like it used to, which was devastating to me. I was a proud self-identified coffee drinker and looked forward each morning to getting up and having a nice hot cup of joe.
I kept feeling sick anytime I had even a small sip of coffee, but tea was fine for me. It was the discovery of this chai-tea concoction that helped with the transition. And once I learned from my nutritionist about alkalines and acids, it made sense that my body had started rejecting coffee, which can be quite acidic.
Following is the recipe I created, but please tweak it to make it your perfect morning drink.
- Chai tea bag – I’ve tried dozens of chai tea bags and Tazo continues to be my favorite, though many are just as wonderful (Celestial Seasonings and Trader Joe’s are very good as well)
- Honey (try to buy local for so many reasons)
- Pepper (to help with the turmeric)
- Coconut Oil
- Vanilla Extract
- Creamer of Your Choice
Here’s how I put it together so that I only use one spoon and one cup:
- Boil water on the stove (or microwave it if that’s your thing!)
- While the water is heating, I add to my cup:
- TBSP honey (more if I’m feeling cranky and need to “sweeten” myself up a bit)
- tea bag (Coffee alternative: leave the tea bag out and add hot coffee instead of water)
- 2-3 shakes of cinnamon
- 1 pea size clump of turmeric
- 1 smidgeon of coconut oil
- 1 dash pepper
- If I’m completely crazy that morning, I’ll add a few drops of vanilla.
- Once the water is ready, I add the boiling water to my cup, which is now full of goodness.
- I stir that all together, let it brew for a minute or two, and then add my creamer. (I love vanilla soy creamer the best but will use coconut milk or regular soy creamer and feel just as happy.)
Create a more wonderful morning experience by choosing a mug for the day. Each day brings something new and different, which means we have different needs for different days.
I drink from my kid mugs if one of them is having a special day or needs extra support. If I need wisdom, I drink from my wise owl mug. If I want to connect with my aunt, who passed away recently, I drink from her mug, etc. It’s one more way to easily be intentional about meeting my needs and bringing just one more piece of intentional joy to each day.
I hope you absolutely love this hot morning beverage and experience, and I hope you think about how lovable you are as you slurp it down.