What does relaxation look like for you?

For myself, it takes several different forms, depending on the day and how I’m feeling. It can be stepping out the door for a run, the rhythm of each breath, each footstep lulling me into auto pilot. It can be digging in the dirt of the garden, feeling the earth, taking notice of it’s details. Lately, it’s been a new yoga class pulling me into the world of poses, inhaling and exhaling.

chai tea

Relaxation isn’t something that comes easy for me. I have to remind myself to do it. From past experience I’ve learned that if I don’t, my body will do the reminding and that isn’t as pleasant…headaches, fatigue, feeling irritable and uncreative are the result.

chai tea

Even on days that feel crazy with ‘to-do’ lists and such I have to stop. Breath. Slow down. Ten minutes will do the trick. As winter encroaches, I find myself longing more and more for cozy thoughts and warmth to help me unwind. My favorite quilt, a stack of unread magazines, my latest read and something warm to drink. Tea is my usual drink of choice. I especially love a good Chai. Spicy with cinnamon, floral cardamom and cloves, a little milk for creaminess.

chai tea

chai tea

Chai Tea


  • makes 8 cups
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 4 tea bags, black tea
  • 2 cups nondairy milk
  • Sugar to sweeten


  1. In a small saucepan bring water to a boil. Place tea bags, cinnamon sticks, ginger, cloves and cardamom in boiling water for several minutes. Reduce heat, add in milk and heat through being careful not to boil after milk has been added. Remove from heat and pour tea through a strainer to remove cloves, cinnamon sticks and ginger. Sweeten to you own preference.

chai tea

Here’s hoping you can find a way to relax in the moments of the weekend…enjoy!


*I scribbled this Chai Tea recipe down in my kitchen journal a couple of years ago without writing down a source. After several internet searches I cannot find the author. If it looks familiar to anyone please let me know. I’d love to give credit where it’s due for this recipe. Thanks!*

5 Responses to Chai Tea

  1. bentley says:

    I just found myself craving chai tea. this recipe is amazing, as always. thank you!

    • Alison says:

      You are welcome! I think if I was in your neck of the woods chai tea would sound pretty good. Stay warm!

  2. Ali says:

    I am so excited! I have been craving Chai and was wondering if I could make it at home. A yoga class with some chai afterwards sounds just perfect.

  3. Wendy says:

    THANK YOU! I love chai tea and am so excited to make it. I’ll add another of your recipes to my favorites I’m sure. :)

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