Chai teas have become a very popular unique drink in the US, that special, spicy, sweet and Oh so flavorful aroma.
Chai has a rich history, actually, this is the Hindi (India) word for tea. These tea ingredients vary across continents, cultures and families.
To keep your drink healthier its best to purchase a good blend of herbs that is minus all the sugars and food additives. The kind of drink that you buy at the coffee shops, like Starbucks.
Or make your own tea blends.
Our Sri Lanka is one blend that is caffeine free, but many other Chai drinks include either black or green teas.
Here are some of the herbs used and the reasons why they are used.
This traditional tea includes strong spices of lemongrass, coconut, cardamom, cloves, ginger, pineapple and rose peppercorns.
Health Benefits of Sri Lanka Chai Tea Ingredients
Lemongrass has a distinct lemony flavor and aroma. It is a high source of essential minerals and vitamins.
- It helps lower cholesterol and High-Density lipoproteins (HDL).
- It helps detoxify your body systems.
- Relieves your insomnia.
- Great respiratory benefits during cold and flu season.
- Anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.
- Helps lower edema or swelling, and assists with lymphatic drainage.
Cardamom is a peppery and citrusy spice, two kinds of pods, black and green. Black is more of a smoky flavor whereas green pods are more vibrant and earthy.
- It is an anti-inflammatory, helping support the immune system.
- Aids digestion especially bloating, gas, and heartburn.
- Anti-bacterial and anti-infective properties, high in vitamin C
- May even improve your moods.
- Great for oral health of teeth and gums.
Ginger is an excellent spicy flavor and well known by many for its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Helps to regulate digestive system and stomach pains.
- Aid for nausea for both sea sickness or during pregnancy.
- Alleviates aches and pains due to high inflammation in joints.
- It increases blood circulation.
These are just a few great reasons to try Sri Lanka Chai tea.
To prepare an 8-ounce cup of Chai Tea:
Start with purified cold water, boil your water. Add loose leaves about one teaspoon per cup. Turn off heat. (if iced tea use one tablespoon of leaves)
Steep for 3-6 minutes, strain leaves and enjoy your brew.
Taste tips: Add your favorite milk, cream or sweetener if desired.
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Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and is a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant helping individuals with health programs to improve life and happiness. She is a writer, speaker and owner of several businesses.