Anti-inflammatory “Chai” Latte.

This is one of my favorite recipes.  Inflammation is an epidemic and is touted as the root of all disease.  But sometimes inflammation can also manifest as a headache or other simple everyday pain.  No matter the inflammation that is causing you problems, (or even if you just want a yummy and healthy treat), then this recipe is for you.

The ingredients were each carefully chosen not only to mock the taste of a spiced latte but also for each of their health benefits.  The coconut fat is great for Candida, viruses, gut health and brain health.  The turmeric is great for inflammation, brain health, and detoxification.  The cayenne is great for inflammation and metabolism.  The black pepper enhances the power of the turmeric.  The maple syrup has vitamins and minerals. The cinnamon helps with the control of blood sugar and therefore inflammation.  Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory  and used in many home remedies for colds and flus.  And each of the other spices have health benefits too! Together they all taste just wonderful.

All measurements are to taste.. and may be altered to make that taste more or less prominent.  I do, however, suggest that you keep the sweetener to a minimum.  Even too much stevia can have negative consequences if overused. If you have a prominent sweet tooth, I suggest adding only a little of the sweetener and then increasing the cinnamon to make your mouth THINK the recipe is sweeter than it really is.  Try this, it works!

1 Can of Full Fat Coconut Milk

  • (you may use other milks but it may effect the taste because the fat content of the canned coconut milk effects how other flavors mix with it.   There are more health benefits to the canned coconut milk)

1 teaspoon Pure Maple Syrup OR 1/2 packet of stevia OR 1 teaspoon honey

a generous amount of cinnamon (around a teaspoon?)

1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon ginger (preferably fresh but bottled works too.  Use less if using dried powder.  The more you use the more “spicy sweet” it will seem.

about 3 dashes of cayenne

about 3 dashes of black pepper

1/2 teaspoon turmeric.  if you don’t have a very sweet tooth, you can use more.  Play with the amount and see how much tastes good to you.  Too much will cause the drink to be too “earthy” tasting.

nutmeg to taste (i did about 4 “sprinkles” or shakes of the bottle)

cloves to taste (i also used about 4 “sprinkles” or shakes of the bottle)

Whenever possible, use organic ingredients to reduce your toxic load.  Things like cayenne are especially heavy in pesticide residue, according to the EWG’s Dirty Dozen List.  Mix Ingredients together in a saucepan and heat over medium to medium low until warm.  Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy! I guarantee this will be the tastiest headache remedy you will ever drink.