Tea has many health benefits to it and it is also a treat that can warm the soul. While I was in India studying yoga I tried masala chai from many different restaurants and vendors and absolutely adored it. Since I have been back I have been making my own blend of spices and it looks something like this (I will be honest, I don't normally measure. I go by taste as well as what season it is). May you enjoy this blend and experiment with drinking it in the coconut milk, the pistachio milk, or the hemp milk for a true vegan delight!.
3 Tablespoons star anise
3 Tablespoons whole cloves
4 Tablespoon dried ginger root
3 Tablespoons green cardamom pods
2 Tablespoons whole black pepper
9 sticks about 3" in length of cinnamon
3 Tablespoon licorice root
Loose leaf black tea to taste - pick the type that you prefer
Combine all ingredients except for the black tea and use a mortar and pestle to crush or put in a blender. I keep these separate from the tea at all times so that I can choose if I want to soak the spices for longer, the amount of black tea I want to add, and if I want to use caffeinated or decaffeinated tea.