My conquest to find good coffee alternatives has deep roots. I tried to eliminate coffee from my diet more than a dozen times. More on that another time. For now, I want to share one of my favourite recipes for beating your coffee cravings.
This recipe uses one lovely herb: CHAMOMILE.
A couple of years ago, one of my best friends became obsessed with the lattes sold at this one café in Seattle. Their trick? They blended cinnamon in with the steamed milk. My friend was so hooked that she had almost every barista in the city making them for her for a while!
During this time, one former Starbucks employee gave her a recipe for a popular San Diego drink called a “Bowl of Soul.” It’s essentially a chamomile tea latte with cinnamon.
I love this! The name is so appropriate for a warm, chamomile-infused beverage.
Chamomile (matricaria recutita) is often touted for being a great natural sleep or calming aid; however, this pretty little flower has many other benefits, including:
- easing digestive disturbances associated with the nervous system, such as stress-related Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS);
- reducing inflammation, possible dangerous microbes, and bacteria, and supporting the healing of minor wounds;
- reducing menstrual cramps by relaxing the smooth muscles of the uterus;
- relieving allergies, much like anti-histamines would (be careful if you’re allergic to daisies, because chamomile is from the same family); and
- reducing stress and elevating mood by acting on the same area of the brain as benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax and Valium - without the nasty side effects and the addictive properties.
Try out my version of a Bowl of Soul: It’s super quick, easy, and delicious!
BOWL OF SOUL
- 1 bag of organic chamomile tea
- 2 - 4 dashes of cinnamon
- 1/4 cup hot water
- 3/4 to 1 cup milk or milk alternative
Steep chamomile tea in hot water for 4 to 5 minutes.
Warm milk or milk alternative and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat or use a frother or steamer.
Use a blender to brother milk if don’t have a steamer.
Add frothed cinnamon milk to the tea and stir.
Matricaria recutita. The Naturopathic Herbalist. https://thenaturopathicherbalist.com/2015/09/10/matricaria-recutita/ Accessed 11 Nov 2016