Tea Recipes

Satomi’s Medicinal Tea

March 14, 2016
satomis medicinal tea

Here is presenting the first of a #healthyliving video series which I like to call Satomi’s ??Medicinal? Tea featuring a special ?Ayurvedic? Tea Lady who imparted some of her Tea wisdom to me.

This was filmed in the state of Kerala, India – the land of spices (my native place).

“As far as her mom was concerned, tea fixed everything. Have a cold? Have some tea. Broken bones? There’s a tea for that too. Somewhere in her mother’s pantry, Laurel suspected, was a box of tea that said, ‘In case of Armageddon, steep three to five minutes’.”
? Aprilynne Pike, Illusions

This particular quote rings true to the nature of pretty much every mother here who takes abode in the medicinal properties of spices and herbs to help subside colds, coughs or the flu.


Satomi is a Japanese name meaning ‘Village/wise beauty’. I thought it was an apt name for her. Satomi’s forefathers were Ayurvedic practitioners and she has memories from her childhood of her grandfather preparing medicines using specific ingredients to treat ailments for his patients.

It was special for me to have been able to document some of her medicinal tea blends on my short visit to Kerala. Please do check out the video of her preparation (Language: Malayalam, with subtitles) which is up on my Youtube channel, the link for which has been provided down below.

Satomi’s medicinal ??tea? ??brew? promises to fill your home with the fragrance of ?aromatic? spices.

Satomi’s Medicinal Tea #1


2 cups of water
3 cloves of garlic
2-3 small onions
1 small piece of cinnamon
2 whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
3 whole peppercorns
2-3 sprigs of Holy basil (Tulsi)


First, gently crush the garlic and small onions using a mortar and pestle.

Add the crushed spices, cinnamon, cloves, cumin seeds and peppercorns to 2 cups of water in a medium sized saucepan.

Once the water has come to a gentle boil add 2-3 sprigs of Holy basil (Tulsi).

Cover the saucepan and let the tea come to a boil for another 1-2 minutes.

Turn off the heat and let the tea rest for 5 minutes. Strain the tea and serve.

Satomi Facts

Satomi thinks Ayurveda is the cure for every possible ailment.
Satomi has a pot of herbs and spices brewing most of the time, if not all the time.
Satomi talks about spices and their benefits to random people, well just cause she cares.
Satomi takes Ayurveda very, very seriously.
Satomi is very proud of her Ayurvedic roots.
Satomi is shy but she likes sharing what she knows.

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