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Cinnamon & Anise Chai Blend

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How to Make Cinnamon & Anise Chai Blend

SERVINGS: 12
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES

MEAL: DRINK
STYLE: INDIAN
PREPARATION: BOILED, RAW
FOR OCCASION: CLEANSE

INGREDIENTS

1 tsp
1 tsp
1 tsp
1 tsp
1 tsp
1 tsp

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Grind spices in a coffee grinder. Place in a small glass container to maintain potency. To drink, place 1/4tsp of the powder into the bottom of a tea-cup. Then pour boiling water, cover, and steep 3-4minutes. Covering is essential to retain medicinal potency. Strain and drink.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

This warm and drying tea blend is a perfect lung tonic on cold, damp winter days.

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Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.

Is Cinnamon & Anise Chai Blend Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Cinnamon & Anise Chai Blend' is a good fit. Complete the basic quiz in 1 minute, or go deeper with additional quizzes at your own leisure to learn more about your body.
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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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ASTRINGENT

ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Pitta aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Aromatic

AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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Acrid

STRONG ACRID

Acrid taste is a combination of bitter and pungent tastes. Example include radish, turnip, and coffee.

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Cinnamon & Anise Chai Blend
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Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Warms Abdomen

WARMS-ABDOMEN

Warms the muscles and organs of the abdomen, stimulating digestion and metabolism.

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Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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Carminative

CARMINATIVE

Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.

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Appetizer

APPETIZER

Herbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

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Burns Toxins

BURNS-TOXINS

An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.

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Numbs Anasthetic

NUMBS-ANASTHETIC

Inhibits sensation in a particular area.

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Makes You Tired

MAKES-YOU-TIRED

Induces drowsiness and promotes sound sleep.

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Nerve Relaxant Grounding

NERVE-RELAXANT-GROUNDING

Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.

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Analgesic

ANALGESIC

Pain reliever, reduces pain without eliminating sensation. Also known as anodyne.

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Nervine

NERVINE

Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Warms Chest

WARMS-CHEST

Warms the chest and lungs, clearing mucus and allowing for clear breathing. Often these herbs are hot, aromatic, and pungent.

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Soothes Throat

SOOTHES-THROAT

Soothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.

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Expectorant

EXPECTORANT

Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.

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Decongestant

DECONGESTANT

An herb that reduces mucus production often by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.

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Lung Tonic

LUNG-TONIC

Strengthens the lungs. Lung tonics include antifibrotic, vessel tonic, or nourishing herbs with an affinity for the lungs. They aid recovery in acute or chronic lung conditions.

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Antimicrobial

ANTIMICROBIAL

An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.

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Antibacterial

ANTIBACTERIAL

Herbs that kill bacteria or slow their growth.

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Antifungal

ANTIFUNGAL

Herbs that destroy fungus.

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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.

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Warms Ears

WARMS-EARS

Stimulates peripheral circulation to warm extremities, including the ears.

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Warms Head

WARMS-HEAD

An herb that increases sensations of heat and warmth in the head.

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Styptic

STYPTIC

A herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used topically as a hemostatic to stop bleeding, or to reduce secretions.

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Vasodilator

VASODILATOR

A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Aphrodisiac

APHRODISIAC

Herbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.

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Antispasmodic

ANTISPASMODIC

Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.

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Constituents:
Coumarin

COUMARIN

Moderately toxic, vascular tonic, hypotensive, and anti-inflammatory.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Cinnamon & Anise Chai Blend

Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Warms-head, Analgesic, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Warms-chest, Antimicrobial, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Vasodilator, Warms-ears, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-abdomen

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Cloves

Cloves has these Actions in Common

Warms-abdomen, Warms-head, Analgesic, Antimicrobial, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Numbs-anasthetic, Warms-chest, Antibacterial, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Vasodilator, Warms-ears, Antifungal, Aphrodisiac, Carminative, Expectorant, Nervine

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Antimicrobial, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Vasodilator, Warms-ears, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-abdomen, Warms-head, Analgesic, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Warms-chest

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon has these Actions in Common

Antibacterial, Aphrodisiac, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Stimulates-energy, Antifungal, Appetizer, Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Styptic, Analgesic, Antimicrobial, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diuretic, Soothes-throat, Warms-chest

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Warms-head, Analgesic, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Warms-chest, Antimicrobial, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Vasodilator, Warms-ears, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-abdomen

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Basil

Basil has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Carminative, Digestive, Lung-tonic, Warms-ears, Antibacterial, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diuretic, Nervine, Warms-head, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator

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Allspice

Allspice has these Actions in Common

Antibacterial, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Nervine, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Numbs-anasthetic, Warms-chest, Analgesic, Appetizer, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Warms-head

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Cardamom

Cardamom has these Actions in Common

Analgesic, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Appetizer, Decongestant, Diuretic, Lung-tonic

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Fennel Seeds

Fennel Seeds has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Carminative, Diuretic, Lung-tonic, Analgesic, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Expectorant, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy

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Thyme (fresh)

Thyme (fresh) has these Actions in Common

Antibacterial, Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Antimicrobial, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Lung-tonic, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Decongestant, Expectorant, Nervine

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Rosemary

Rosemary has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Antifungal, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Nervine, Warms-chest, Antimicrobial, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Analgesic, Antispasmodic, Decongestant

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Cinnamon & Anise Chai Blend

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Antibacterial, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator, Antifungal, Diuretic, Warms-chest, Antimicrobial, Expectorant, Warms-ears, Antispasmodic, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-head, Appetizer, Lung-tonic, Burns-toxins, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Cardiac-stimulant, Nervine, Decongestant, Stimulates-energy

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Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Digestive, Analgesic, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Internal-detoxicant, Appetizer, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Warms-chest, Carminative, Warms-ears

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Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz

Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz has these Actions in Common

Decongestant, Vasodilator, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Antibacterial, Expectorant, Antimicrobial, Internal-detoxicant, Antispasmodic, Lung-tonic, Appetizer, Nervine, Burns-toxins, Stimulates-energy

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Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)

Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common

Carminative, Warms-ears, Decongestant, Warms-head, Digestive, Diuretic, Nervine, Analgesic, Stimulates-energy, Antispasmodic, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Warms-chest

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Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common

Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Analgesic, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Nervine, Appetizer, Numbs-anasthetic, Cardiac-stimulant, Vasodilator

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Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Essential Oil has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Analgesic, Nervine, Antibacterial, Vasodilator, Antifungal, Warms-chest, Antimicrobial

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Angelica

Angelica has these Actions in Common

Lung-tonic, Analgesic, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Vasodilator, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Expectorant

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Trikatu

Trikatu has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Appetizer, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Warms-abdomen, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Decongestant

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Kushta

Kushta has these Actions in Common

Antibacterial, Internal-detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Vasodilator, Appetizer, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Expectorant

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Kava Kava

Kava Kava has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Numbs-anasthetic, Decongestant, Digestive, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Makes-you-tired, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Analgesic, Nervine

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Hyssop Powder

Hyssop Powder has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Nervine, Antimicrobial, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Vasodilator, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Expectorant

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About John Joseph Immel

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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Comments & Impressions of 'Cinnamon & Anise Chai Blend'

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That really depends on a person's constitution and weather. I do not see why not though! :)
- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC , 05-19-15 (Reply)
Are the ingredients measured after blending spices or before ? Please clarify. Thank you !
- Meera Paparaju, Westford, MA , 09-24-21 (Reply)
Great question! These measurements refer to the ground spices. Let us know how you like your chai!
- Katie Clinton, Ferndale, sligo, AL
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