Astragalus Chai

During the winter months having a warming and nourishing drink can really hit the spot.

This recipe is from Rosalee De La Foret who has been using herbal remedies and medicines for many years.


You will need:

  • 20-30gms astragalus root (approx 15-20 small slices)

  • 1 Tsp dried orange peel

  • 2 tsp minced fresh or dried ginger

  • 1/2 Tsp cinnamon chips

  • 1/2 tsp whole peppercorns

  • 1 or 2 cardamom pods

  • 2 whole cloves

Makes 1 serve. Drink within 36 hours


Stovetop method

Place all ingredients into a pan with 2 1/2 cups of water.

Bring to the boil.

Reduce heat and simmer for 20mins, covered.

Strain then add milk and honey to taste.

Slow-cooker method

Place all ingredients into slow cooker with 2 1/2cups of water

Set to low heat and let it cook over night, covered.

Inspect levels, if it looks low add more water.

Strain, add milk and honey to taste.


Astragalus is a wonderful immune enhancing herb that can you reduce the risk of infection or help you to heal or recover from an infection. https://www.soulbalanceplantmedicineandhealing.com/post/astragalus

Cinnamon is a warming herb that can help enhance circulation, balance blood sugar levels and it also has antibacterial properties that help fight infection.

Fresh ginger can help with fighting viral infections, dried ginger can help sooth an upset tummy and help with warming and circulation.

Cardamom may help with reducing inflammation in the body.



Dried Astragalus membranaceus


De La Foret, R. (2017) Alchemy of Herbs, Australia; Hay House

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