Warming Vata Tea Ayurvedic Recipe

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Total Time: 10 min
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Servings: 1 (1 cup)

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Servings: 1 (1 cup)
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The following Vata tea recipe was created by Ayurvedic chef Patti Garland of Bliss Kitchen. It is made without licorice root, which has been associated with high blood pressure and elevated aldosterone levels and should be avoided by people with conditions such as hypertension and heart or kidney disease. Ajwan seeds, also called carom seeds, can be found online or at Indian grocery stores. If you cannot find ajwan seeds, they can be omitted from the recipe.

Vata tea is also available in packaged tea bag form. Popular brands include Bindi, Chopra, and Maharishi. Besides licorice root, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom, other common ingredients found in Vata tea include fennel, nutmeg, and chicory root. Ashwagandha and Triphala are herbs that are also used in Ayurveda to balance the Vata type. Be sure to check the ingredient list.

Ayurvedic teas for other dosha are pitta tea (a cooling tea) and Kapha tea (a stimulating tea).


  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger (fresh grated)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamon (ground)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ajwan (carom) seeds
  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. Mix the ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and ajwan seeds together.

  2. Boil the water and then add it to the herb and spice mixture.

  3. Steep the tea, covered, for five minutes.

  4. Strain and discard the herbs and spices and serve warm.

What Is the Vata Type?

In Ayurveda, a form of alternative medicine originating in India, an imbalance in one of the three constitutional types or doshas (Vata, Kapha or pitta) disrupts the flow of the body’s energy and may lead to disease. Herbal remedies, yoga, meditation, and diet are some of the techniques used in Ayurveda to balance a person’s dosha.

A predominantly Vata type person tends to have a slight build with dry or rough skin. quick speech or movements, and a dislike of cold. If out of balance, a Vata type may have constipation, anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, tiredness, a poor memory, and feel ungrounded.

Ayurvedic practitioners often recommend an herbal tea containing warming spices and herbs thought to benefit the Vata type, such as ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom. Hot ginger tea using fresh ginger root is a great everyday tea to support the Vata type.

Before You Try Vata Tea

If you are experiencing any new symptoms (such as constipation, anxiety, insomnia, tiredness), it's important to talk with your primary care provider. Self-treating and avoiding or delaying conventional care can have serious consequences.

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