• Daisy Rivera

My Anti-Flu-Shot Miracle Tonic

Sat Nam,

For those of you who know me, know that I’m not a big fan of pharmaceuticals and conventional medicines (pain relievers, flu-shots, epidurals, etc.). Instead, I almost always opt for natural healing methods including teas, Reiki, chiropractic adjustments, essential oils, or just good old fashion pain tolerance. So in this blog, I want to share my all time favorite naturally restorative elixir; one that not only helps prevent and heal ailments but whose aroma and taste are delectable to all our senses. For just one cup of this Earthy tonic will warm you cozy and uplift your spirits; energize and reinvigorate all your senses, vanquish enervation and apathy; sooth-away anxiousness, and alleviate discomfort and affliction.

This exquisite beverage is one of the greatest brews to strengthen your immune system and add vitality to all your organs. And it’s a must during the fall and winter’s colder weather and associated cold and flu season. That is why I refer to it as my anti-flu-shot miracle tonic.

Okay, so have I piqued your interest yet?

Well this magically amazing drink is simply known as the original “Yogi Tea” and it was introduced to us by the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan.

I first experienced this wonderful beverage after a Kundalini Yoga class. I still remember feeling quite “blissed-out” after an amazing kriya and meditation with my teacher Gurmukh Khalsa and being invited to sit for a moment and enjoy a cup of tea.

Well, little did I know that just my first sip would immediately transport me to Heaven, first, by the tea’s aromatically sweet eminence followed by its delectable plethora of exotic and tantalizing flavors. It truly was a delight to all my senses and being.

Yogi Tea consists of a blend of the following traditional Ayurvedic spices: cardamom seed, cinnamon bark, clove buds, ginger root and black pepper. These spices, when combined and alchemized according to this formula, work synergistically to produce this tonic that’s been known to have the following beneficial effects:

- Purification of the blood, lungs, and circulatory system;

- Ability to flush the liver;

- Improve digestion;

- Ward off colds, respiratory infections,

- Its ability to ameliorate the effects of the flu.

I like to make Yogi Tea in 6-quart (1.5 gallon) batches, which lasts us a week. The tea keeps well for that amount of time as long as you refrigerate it after it cools off, and boil it a few times during the week.

In order to make a 6-quart (1.5 gallon) batch, you’ll need to add 1 cup of the mixed spices containing the following quantities:

I purchase only organic spices in bulk usually from online retailers such as Monterey Bay Spice Company and utilize a small kitchen scale to measure according to the recipe. Keep in mind that these spices are quite potent and any change affects the tea’s flavor and overall effectiveness.

Here are the step-by-step directions to make a batch of tea:

1. Bring the 6-quarts (1.5 gallon) of water to boil.

2. Add the 1 cup of spice mix.

3. Let the water boil for 30-45 min (Not that the longer the spices boil, the stronger it’ll be).

4. Let the tea cool for about 5 minutes.

And that’s basically it! The boiled spices can be left there until the tea’s been finished (we then compost them). At our house we usually don’t add black tea due to its caffeine; however, if you do prefer it, then I recommend adding a black tea bag on a cup-per-cup basis and steeping it for about 5 minutes.

We also prefer to add some milk especially when the tea’s been brewed extra strong. The milk mellows the tea and adds a touch of natural sweetness to it.

May you always Blossom, Shine, and Thrive!

Daisy Rivera


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