Nothing says “warming and comforting” to me like a steaming hot cup of homemade Chai tea. Especially when it is full of the amazing health benefits of ginger that infuse this amazing Ginger Vanilla Chai Tea recipe!
This mind-blowing tea harnesses the power of ginger, which helps stimulate digestion, relieve inflammation, reduce nausea, help lower blood pressure and “bad” LDL cholesterol, and so much more! It will also give a boost to your day and just make you feel good all over!
What makes Ginger Chai so special?
My partner, Jack, developed this recipe to help him regulate his blood pressure. He wanted the maximum benefits of ginger, and this Ginger Vanilla Chai provides just that! His special method of extracting the ginger juice really takes this amazing beverage to the next level, and you can just feel it working its magic!
There’s been a lot of nasty illnesses making the rounds these days, and personally, I wouldn’t want to wage war against them without a batch of this Ginger Vanilla Chai on my stove! Sickness be gone! Ginger has arrived!Jump to Recipe
The health benefits of ginger
- Helps relieve nausea. I first found out about the nausea-relieving effects of ginger when I was pregnant with my first child. I was having terrible nausea, and very little helped, but chewing on some ginger candies provided some relief. It can also be used to relieve nausea from travel, from illness such as the flu, and even the effects of chemotherapy.
- Reduces inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or illness, but chronic inflammation is thought to contribute to the formation of cancer, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders. Ginger has been shown to decrease inflammation in the body and is totally natural, unlike over-the-counter drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen.
- Lowers blood pressure. Ginger acts as a vasodilator, meaning that it expands the blood vessels, thereby increasing circulation and relieving blood pressure. It also contains lots of potassium (more than a banana!), which is known to help lower blood pressure.
- Helps to lower cholesterol levels. Ginger helps to reduce LDL, or “bad” cholesterol levels. This type of cholesterol leads to fatty buildup in the arteries, which can cause a heart attack or stroke.
- Helps regulate blood sugar. Ginger can help keep diabetes in check by regulating blood sugar levels and insulin production.
- Antibacterial. Ginger has been clinically shown to be an effective antibacterial, and is excellent for maintaining oral hygiene. The antibacterial properties inhibit the growth of pathogens that can lead to periodontal disease.
- Aids with weight loss. Ginger can help with weight loss because it not only stimulates digestion, but also helps suppress the appetite.
- Helps with menstrual cramps. One study demonstrated that ginger is as effective for reducing pain from menstrual cramps as ibuprofen! This may be due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is one of the main causes for pain in the body.
The information presented here is for educational purposes only and is not to be construed as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. I am not a doctor and I do not intend this information to be used to treat medical conditions. If you have a medical condition that you think ginger might be helpful for, you should consult your doctor or health care provider before using ginger as part of your treatment regimen.
Try some Ginger Chai!
Now that you know about the amazing benefits of ginger, I highly recommend trying the following recipe for Ginger Vanilla Chai. It’s a little more work than just using tea bags and hot water, but it still only takes about 10 minutes and is definitely worth it! This tea will warm you from the inside out, stimulate your digestion, and generally relieve whatever ails you!
Chai to your taste
Chai is usually served with milk in it, but some people prefer it without. We use Vanilla Soy milk for this recipe because it is nice and creamy, and the vanilla adds a really nice sweet flavor. But feel free to use any type of milk you like.
Chai is also usually made very sweet, to counteract the bitterness of some of the spices. Jack likes to use honey – a LOT of honey! – but I am vegan, so I prefer to use a little agave. You can use any kind of sweetener you want, in any quantity you want, or skip it altogether. As you can see, the recipe is very customizable, but the star of this Chai is the ginger!
Maximizing the Benefits of Ginger
When Jack was developing this recipe, he wanted the maximum benefits of the ginger to help keep his blood pressure in check. He tried a lot of different methods and quantities, and finally came up with this one. He uses a mandolin to slice the ginger very thin, but if you don’t have a mandolin (or are scared to use one!), just slice it as thinly as possible.
To see the process watch this video – there’s a time stamp in the video description.
Once the ginger has boiled for a few minutes, he squeezes it through a strainer. The strainer he uses is actually for draining tuna, but after breaking many cheap mesh strainers, this one was the winner! Squeezing as much of the ginger juice out as possible is the key to getting it really gingery!
Whether you are wanting to harness the power of ginger for its health benefits, or if you just want a really tasty, warming tea, you should definitely give this Ginger Vanilla Chai recipe a try!
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Ginger Vanilla Chai
Spicy ginger and luscious vanilla meet in this delightful Ginger Vanilla Chai. This chai will warm you from the inside out and add delicious energy to your day!
- 9 cups water
- 1 thumb fresh ginger (large thumb)
- 2 bags black tea
- 2 bags vanilla chai tea (or regular chai tea bags)
- 1/2-1 cup vanilla soy milk (or other vanilla plant-based milk)
- 1/4-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon to taste
- Agave, honey, or other sweetener to taste
Bring the water to boil in a medium-sized pot. As the water is heating, begin slicing the ginger.
You can use a mandolin to slice the ginger very thinly, directly into the pot. If you don't have a mandolin or are uncomfortable using one (be very careful when using one!), you can slice the ginger thinly with a sharp knife. You do not have to peel the ginger as long as you have washed it first. Really fresh, organic ginger is best.
Boil the ginger for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes or so, strain the ginger into something that you will be able to squeeze vigorously in order to get the ginger juice out. We actually use something that is used to strain tuna, along with the inner portion of a Mason jar lid. This is a very makeshift method, but it works well. I have provided a link for the tuna strainer in the blog post if you are interested in purchasing one.
Simply place the ginger slices into the strainer, place the lid or other flat, disc-shaped object on top and squeeze as hard as you can while holding it over the pot. My boyfriend has even used a vice to squeeze out every last bit of juice – he loves it gingery!
Once you have squeezed all the ginger juice that you possibly can back into the pot, add the tea bags and steep for 5 minutes.
Remove the tea bags and add the plant-based milk and sweetener to taste. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top and stir. Ladle the tea into your favorite cup and enjoy!