If you’re not familiar with Ayurveda…
Ayurveda is an ancient healing science revolving around the importance of finding balance. Balance is key to maintaining order and health – and that means finding balance between the mind, body and consciousness. The system of medicine revolves mainly around maintaining health and aiding the body’s natural defence system – rather than waiting until disease arises to fight it, as is common in Western medicine.
There are different energies within everything – in Ayurveda, these are referred to as the doshas, which are the life forces that control what goes on within the body. The three doshas are called Vata, Pitta and Kapha, and each person has all three within them – though one tends to be more influential and present than the others. Disease arises when these energies are imbalanced, or one is either too overpowering or deficient.
Ayurveda can involve lifestyle and dietary changes, incorporating herbs into your routine, different types of massage, essential oils, and other treatments for your body and mind.
The Ayurvedic benefits of chai
When it comes to balancing the mind, body and spirit, chai is an incredibly special beverage. The mixture of black tea and powerful spices has hugely beneficial properties.
The base of black tea is deeply warming and energising – and the bitter taste is softened with the sweet milk and spices. It’s packed full with antioxidants and has anti-viral properties. Ginger also features prominently in most chai blends. It fires up the digestive system, helps to reduce inflammation, gives the immune system a boost and helps to rid the body of toxins. Cardamom has similar benefits for the digestive and immune system – but it also helps to improve circulation, too. When it comes to antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, cinnamon, clove and fennel in chai are powerful additions.
Overall, the blend of tea and spices is beneficial for all three of the doshas, and can help to support your overall health and immune system – making it the perfect beverage to get you through the chilly winter months. Come and visit us at our Hot Chai Lounge to sample some of our delicious authentic chai – we’d love to see you.