Pour the water into a lidded jar, such as a large mason jar.
Place the nutmeg bean on a cutting board and use a nutcracker to gently press it open. Once open break it into chunks and place in the water.
Place the cinnamon stick in the water.
Gently press the cardamom pods with the nutcracker or the bottom of a cup to gently press them to open up a little. Add to the water. Repeat with the allspice pods.
Add the star anise seeds to the water.
Use the back side of a spoon to peel the skin off the ginger. Chop into chunks and add to the water.
Use the back side of a spoon to peel the skin off the turmeric root. Chop into chunks and add to the water.
Add the tea bags. Place the lid on the jar and either refrigerate or place in the sun to let simmer. I was enjoying a glass of Iced Chai Tea after the jar sat in the sun for only 20-25 minutes. If you choose to refrigerate your tea, it might take a little longer. I also continued refilling the jar with fresh water, up to 5 times!**
Optional: add sweetener of choice. I find just a small drizzle of maple syrup or agave is great. Or you can use a non-calorie sweetener like stevia or monkfruit.
When you're ready serve, fill up a glass with ice. Pour the tea concentrate about half way up the glass. Add the milk until you get the right consistency. Add sweetener of your choice.