Traditional Chai Tea
What is Chai?? The word that refers to tea all over the world. Most of us would think of India first where Chai Marsala is a national treasure. It is at heart a spiced, milky tea. The ingredients vary from Chai Wallahs to Homes to Cafes to Restaurants.
The spices used vary from region to region and among households in India. The most common are cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper. Indian chai produces a warming, soothing effect, acts as a natural digestive aid and gives one a wonderful sense of well being. It's difficult to resist a second cup. Drinking chai is part of life in India and most Indian's are amazed at all the current fuss in the West. Many who have travelled in India come away with fond chai drinking experiences.
Health Benefits of Traditional Chai Tea The black tea in chai is rich in antioxidants. Traditionally the spices in chai have been used to promote general health and well-being, as well as to treat various ailments. According to Ayurvedic (Ancient Indian) philosophy and medicine, these spices are considered to be "sattvic," or calming, vitalising and mentally clarifying - The perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life! Consider these traditional uses:
Cinnamon Cinnamon is thought to increase circulation and open breathing, increase awareness and vitality, and reduce fatigue. It is also reputed to be an aphrodisiac! (We won't comment on this one.)
Cardamom A popular spice in both the Indian and Chinese preparations, cardamom is said to benefit the lungs, kidneys, and heart. It is also a mood elevator.
Clove Native to the spice islands of Indonesia, cloves have been used by the Chinese since 300 BC, and came to Europe in the 4th and 5th Centuries AD. Cloves have pain-relieving and antiseptic attributes. Like pepper and ginger, clove is also used to synergistically increase the potency of other herbal blends.
Black Pepper Widely used to support circulation and metabolism, black pepper can help to alleviate chronic coldness. (We can use more of that here, in the winter!) Attila the Hun demanded this spice as a ransom during the siege of Rome in 408 AD.
Nutmeg Nutmeg has been used for centuries to ease sciatica and promote the digestion of heavy foods. It was also used by ancient Arab physicians to treat kidney and lymph problems.
Chinese Star Anise Traditional Asian herbalists credit star anise with a variety of properties. It's used frequently as a cough remedy and to freshen the breath.
Ginger Long valued as a stimulant for the circulatory and the immune systems, ginger has been used to treat such disparate conditions as impotence and motion sickness.
Fennel An important medicinal plant in the royal herb gardens of medieval France and Germany, fennel is still widely used to treat both kidney and ocular problems, as well as laryngitis.
This BUZZ Traditional Black Chai is prepared especially for BUZZ and our tea lovers.
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