Who doesn’t love a good cup of chai on a rainy day? The creaminess and spices warm your soul like nothing else. I add turmeric to my chai, not so much for the flavour – it’s fairly flavourless in this recipe – but for the healing benefits.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Turmeric was first cultivated for use as a dye, colouring for curries and for cosmetics in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Now days turmeric is used as a pretty powerful herbal medicine. Here are some of the medicinal uses of turmeric:

  • Anti-inflammatory for conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and cystic fibrosis
  • Enhances liver detoxification and increases the excretion of bile from the liver (wonderful for digestion)
  • Helps naturally lower high cholesterol levels and has an aspirin-like effect on the blood
  • Anti-oxidant effects assists in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.  Turmeric is also attracting a lot of attention for it’s protective effects against cancer (currently being examined further)

Yep, a little bit of turmeric makes a wonderful addition to your diet. And now you should go forth and make this chai!

Creamy Vegan Nutmilk Caffeine free Chai

Cosy Tumeric Chai

What you need

1/4 c raw cashews

1 c hot water (or black tea if you prefer)

1 medjool date

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground tumeric

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cardamon

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

What you do

Add all ingredients to a high speed blender. Blend until smooth and strain into a mug – cozy up and drink!

Vegan Creamy nutmilk chai caffeine free