During these cold winter days it is imperative we keep warm and hydrated. Many of us tend to stop drinking as much water as we normally would do and drink more caffeinated drinks such as hot tea, which are dehydrating and can cause cramping of muscles during our practice. If simply drinking hot water to maintain body temperature and hydration is not appealing to you, then here is a great recipe for a very healthy alternative to hot chocolate!!
I cup unsweetened soya milk
½ teaspoon of vanilla
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
1 rooibos teabag
Jaggary to sweeten if needed.
(you can also use organic cows milk if you aren’t vegan, although soya milk is very delicious and by drinking this alternative you are helping reduce the stress to the planet from milk production.)
Bring the soya milk to boil in the pan adding the other ingredients and stir, before serving remove the rooibos bag. For those of you who simply cannot deny yourself you could sprinkle a few flakes of organic dark chocolate on the top!
Rooibos or other wise known as bush tea has long been drunk and valued in South Africa for its healing qualities. Nowadays it is popular in coffee shops as an alternative, offering red lattes and red espresso giving us the choice to still feel that we can go for a ‘break’ but remaining caffine free and healthy.
It is a great antioxidant and has been know for its de-stressing qualities, which make it wonderful for those of us suffering with nervous tension. This in turn makes it a soother for people suffering with allergies, asthma and digestive disorders as these are stemming from stress and anxiety. Also it is a headache reliever and general good feeler. Also it can inhibit the production of uric acid thus in turn bringing relief to arthritis and gout.
So bring out this Toa of tea, keep warm and help to keep the immune system strong and healthy this winter.
Om Lokha Somasta Sukhino Bhavantu
Mangala / Nicky