Thieves Chai (Iced or Hot)
This recipe brings together two of my favorite things. Thieves and chai.
It’s hard to hate Thieves oil. It smells like Christmas and has a cool name. A blend of Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Rosemary, Eucalyptus radiata, and Lemon, this oil naturally supports a healthy immune system.
The story behind the name: The legend says this herbal blend was developed by grave robbers as the Bubonic Plague swept through Europe. They would pack themselves with poultices, and jump into the mass graves of plague victims. None of the thieves became sick. When they were caught, the local officials promised to let them off with a lighter sentence if they disclosed what they used to keep from catching the highly contagious plague, and they gave up this blend of herbs. No honor amongst Thieves When YoungLiving produced the oil, they named it Thieves as a tip-o’-the-hat to the original naughty naturalists.
How I use it: If anyone comes in our house with even a trace of the sniffles, we send clouds of Thieves up in our diffusers. I spritz it anywhere you would use a disinfectant spray, and we have actually replaced our household cleaners with Thieves cleaner because we can pronounce and ingest everything that’s in it. This was also my go-to immunity booster oil in Africa last year if I was feeling a little off. I’ve made carrot cake with Thieves oil in the frosting, whipped coconut cream with Thieves oil, and often have a cup of herbal tea in the afternoon with a few drops of Thieves, which is how this recipe came about.
Needs no introduction, but here goes. Typically served warm with creamy milk, chai is a blend of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper. In India, it is used medicinally to sooth the stomach and aid digestion. In the U.S., we have frappe’d it into a 340-calorie insulin bombshell. Seriously, Starbucks…51 grams of sugar? Bless me.
What’s a healthy babe to do? Mix the two and ditch the sugar.
Also, adding in the local honey is an added shot in the arm for your immune system. I shy away from sugar, even natural sweeteners that spike insulin, so stevia works for me.
Thieves Chai (serves 1)
1 cup milk of choice (I use unsweetened cashew, coconut, or almond)
1 bag of organic chai tea
stevia extract to taste, or 1 tsp local, raw honey
dash of cinnamon
For hot chai: Heat the milk in a saucepan until it steams. I use the milk frothing device on my espresso machine ’cause I’m fancy like that, but a saucepan works just as well. Add the tea bag and steep in the hot milk until the liquid is a golden red-brown color. Add the stevia/honey and Thieves oil. Finish with a dash of cinnamon
For iced chai: It’s the same process, but prepare it a few hours in advance. Pour over ice and serve. You could potentially just use cold milk, but the tea will not steep as well.
P.S. Living without Thieves in your life? That’s a sad story. I can help! Contact me at email@example.com to learn more, or sign yourself up to purchase a bottle of Thieves here.