@charliewedel asked for the yogi tea recipe! Here it is!
Black pepper: blood purifier
Cardamom pods: digestive aid
Cloves: beneficial to the nervous system
Cinnamon: strengthens the bones
Ginger root: healing for colds and flu, increases energy
The milk in the tea helps in the easy assimilation of spices. A homeopathic dose of black tea acts as an alloy for all the ingredients, creating just the right chemical balance. While it was not a part of the original recipe, the use of soy milk is a variation that Yogi Bhajan permitted.
INGREDIENTS FOR EACH CUP:
10 ounces of water (about 1-1/3 cups)
3 whole cloves - cloves support the nervous system
4 whole green cardamom pods, cracked - cardamom works as a digestive aid
4 whole black peppercorns - peppercorns purify the blood
½ stick cinnamon - cinnamon strengthens the bones and immune system
1 to 2 slices fresh ginger root - ginger increases energy, boosts the immune system
¼ teaspoon or 1 small bag of black tea
½ cup milk - milk helps assimilate the spices
Bring water to a boil and add spices. Cover and boil 15 to 20 minutes, then add black tea. Let sit for a few minutes, then add the milk and return to a boil. Don’t let it boil over. When it reaches a boil, remove immediately from heat, strain, and sweeten with maple syrup or honey, if desired. Save the drained spices and use them to make a second batch with slightly less water. For a special treat, add just a touch of vanilla extract. Drink plain, cold Yogi Tea first thing in the morning as a powerful tonic. See the dangers of using Aspartame as a sugar substitute.