Original Yogi Tea Recipe

Yogi Tea

    1 Gallon Water
    30 cloves
    30 whole green cardamon pods
    30 whole black peppercorns
    1 lg finger of fresh ginger, thinly sliced
    5 sticks cinnamon
    1 teabag, Black Tea
    *Milk and Honey to taste (*optional)
  1. Bring water to boil.
  2. Add all spices except black tea bag. Boil 30 -45 min. Longer is stronger.
  3. Finally, add black tea bag and boil another 5 min. **The black tea is added last because it amalgamates the spices and sort of seals them. Also the tannins help assimilate the spices into the body.
  4. If adding milk & honey, do so after adding the tea bag and letting it steep– OR BETTER add milk and honey to individual cup or a small batch. That way you can store the raw tea in the fridge and prepare with milk and honey as you go.
  5. If you go cup by cup, you can leave the raw tea on the stove on the lowest flame to enjoy all day.

**Milk helps to ease the shock of the spiciness on the stomach and intestines so drink with milk if you’re sensitive.Note: for a stronger tea you can let the spices sit and sink to the bottom. If the tea gets really strong you can cut it with milk or reconstitute with a little water.

When Yogi Bhajan was a military commander in India there was an epidemic among the troops. He ordered all of his men to fill their canteens with yogi tea and drink nothing else, not even water. His Battalion was the only unit that didn’t get sick! Yogi tea purifies the blood, lungs and circulatory system. It cleans the liver and has many more unseen benefits. It’s good to drink this tea every day.

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  1. In 1980 YogiJi (Yogi Bhajan) gave me a 40 day diet of beet greens (only) plus Yogi Tea, after two immediate members of my family died of cancer. It was not difficult, so I am sure he gave me a lot more than this diet, I am now a healthy 80 year old. Wanted to make the tea again and came to this site to be sure I had it right.
    Thanks for being there for us all,
    Sat Nam

  2. hello!thank you very much for the recepie.my english is not very good,would you please help me by explaining how many liter of water you mean?and what lg means for the ginger?thank you very much!cant wait to try it

  3. Twenty-five years ago there was a Golden Temple (Health Food Store) here in Anchorage, Alaska. I soon obtained the recipe for Yogi Tea. My children remember coming home from school and smelling the scent it filled the house with. I served it for years to them especially in the chilled winter months. I lost the exact recipe (very important for correct amounts of ingredients)and decided to search the Internet. Thank you for posting this. I am planning on personal gifts this year to my children that will include this grand tea of childhood memories and health. Sat Nam,

  4. …making it now in the 100+ degree heat of the desert in Phoenix, Az…it’s wonderful any time of the year…..especially with honey….

  5. Drank some for the first time this weekend! Felt absolutely wonderful after !!! Will drink it every day from now on!!!

  6. Sat Nam Pamela,

    Try it ice cold, it’s very refreshing. I generally drink it straight when cold– no milk or honey. Yogi Bhajan actually said that it’s very healing to drink it raw, cold first thing in the morning and in the evening before bed and he said when you do this you should sip it. Sat Nam!

  7. those who know Ayurveda know that one should never heat honey to boiling point!! warm is the most one should do ever. It destroys all the good qualities and turns it toxic. I don’t know why people are still so ignorant of this. That is why raw honey is always desired as apposed to honey that has been heated and filtered. Raw organic sugar is perfectly fine.

  8. Thanks laguna. I knew that heating honey for too long breaks down the components. I don’t agree about the sugar though– at least in my experience any processed sugar is tough on the system… but it tastes pretty good! Thanks for the comment. ~Jai Gopal

  9. I had a friend in the 70’s who gave me this recipe and I remember it so well… just today i am suffering with a bad throat and a cold I cannot shake and thought of this wonderful tea… and like the other person who wrote here, the scent of the house when this was brewing was heavenly! so glad to have found the recipe again!
    thank you

  10. You’re welcome Deb. Enjoy.

  11. first had yogi tea in 2007 when i practised kundalini yoga at my instructors home.WOW!! loved it…it tasted ethereal… been feeling down lately…need a good few cups of tea and some kundalini yoga to set me right…

  12. Can I substitute black tea with green tea?
    (I usually don’t drink black)
    Sat Nam!

  13. Mimi,

    I know someone else will have the exact calculations, but a gallon is a little less than four liters.

    The “lg finger ginger” means a piece of ginger about the size of a large finger.

  14. What size of tea bag? Just a regular one which is fairly small? Thank you 😉

  15. Hi Joanna– a regular tea bag will do. The tea does something alchemical to the spice mixture. Some say that the cardamom and other spices negates the caffeine in the black tea. Nonetheless one tea bag in a gallon is fine.

  16. Sat Nam Meher Bhagat. Some people leave out the black tea altogether because they don’t like caffeine. You can do what you like. The recipe is the recipe though. If you have a recipe for chocolate cake and put orange instead you ain’t gonna get the chocolate cake.

  17. sat nam everyone!

    i just wanted to add that i personally use one carton of almond milk and one of soy milk, (2 cartons all together, per batch) instead of regular cow’s milk. i usually keep the water quantity down to increase the strength a little more than usual but i’ve been making this stuff for a little while now. it’s a brilliant tonic and elixir 🙂
    thank you for posting the recipe though as it always helps to have a staple ingredient amount to work from..

    happy cooking

  18. I agree with alex – soy or almond milk is the way to go. So much better than cow’s milk& better for you I keep the spice mixture on hand (chopping the cinnamon) & then make smaller batches of the tea for 1 & adding the fresh ginger when I brew the tea.

  19. I use coconut milk and it makes it even that much more delicious!

  20. thankyou for this, in Omaha in the 70’s there was a golden temple restaurant that had the original proper yogi tea, it had that perfectly amazing spice balance, i will be making this soon,

  21. Love yogi tea…. totally apart of my repertoire….awesome hot or cold……great all day long…..am a faithful Kundalini yogi for more than three years now……so like to try out the suggested recipes of Yogi Bhajan which are always nutritious and delicious….. Sat Nam

  22. I added 4 1 inch Turmeric roots pealed and sliced thin to the tea and found it very good!

  23. @debbie – it’s always interesting to experiment with the recipe, but just so you and all the readers here know, these are very precise yogic technologies and the Yogi Tea recipe makes a tonic that is very good for healing the liver, stomach and removing the residues of drugs in the body– pharmaceutical and otherwise. Very detoxifying. Changing the recipe changes the properties. Thanks for letting us know about your variation.

  24. Thank you for this healing recipe. What is a good recipe for the kidneys? Thnx

  25. Used to make it often, fell out of the habit,
    just found it again. Healing from surgery, cold winter weather, aroma filling my home, about to have some again. Feeling better already.

  26. Is there a way to do this with just dried ginger root? Also is there a way to scale down the the liquid. Example: 1 T of tea mix to 8 oz water. I guess you would not use the black tea, but I was thinking for evening anyway.

  27. Thank you for this recipie!
    And thank you for this website.
    I was having a difficult day and this tea and your articles where exactly what I needed today.
    Sat nam

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