Chai- a wonder brew that’s catapulted to popularity and landed on café menus around Australia in the last few years but many don’t know the rich and history and myriad of benefits of this wonderful warm elixir. Chai was created in India around 9000BC as a restorative brew for the Kings. However, this ancient brew is no longer just for the nobility and can be enjoyed by us average joes as an everyday brew.
Before discovering the amazing benefits of chai, I too was a coffee addict relying on my flat white to help kick-start my day. However, I, like many, was unaware the affect that caffeine in coffee was having on my system and the toll it can take on your hormones, blood pressure and adrenal glands. Our adrenal glands produce our hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. These are our two hormones that kick into action when we’re faced with danger and read a metaphorical ‘only release in case of emergency’ sign, not to get you through a 9-5 working day.
When we consume vast amounts of caffeine it can cause our adrenals to work overtime producing more cortisol and adrenaline and lead to our adrenals become fatigued and less-able to respond adequately when needed. This is why coffee affects us less and less over time and we begin to need more to get us through our day. Now don’t get me wrong I still enjoy a coffee every other day whilst it does still have its benefits and I am a sucker for the single origin blend at my local coffee shop but, after making the switch to chai as my regular drink and cutting my coffees to a minimum I have truly never felt better and no longer rely on coffee as my daily crutch.
Chai is not only soothing and delicious but is loaded with invigorating spices that according to Ayurvedic (Ancient Indian) philosophy and medicine, are considered to be “sattvic,” or calming, vitalizing and mentally clarifying – The perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life! Here’s a rundown of the great benefits of the spices found in our master chai blend.
Cinnamon is thought to increase circulation and open breathing, increase awareness and vitality, and reduce fatigue. It is loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and helps with digestion.
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 so a great addition for that afternoon slump.
Native to the spice islands of Indonesia, cloves have been used by the Chinese since 300 BC as a pain-relieving and antiseptic remedy. Like pepper and ginger, clove is also used to synergistically increase the potency of other herbal blends.
Widely used to support circulation and metabolism, black pepper can help to alleviate chronic coldness. It is also an excellent digestive aid stimulating our gut and digestive system.
Nutmeg has been used for centuries to aid in the digestion of heavy foods. It is considered a very calming spice that also helps to promote circulation and is excellent for our skin.
Traditional Asian herbalists credit star anise as an immune-building spice. It’s used frequently as a cough and cold remedy and can freshen the breath like a natural tic-tac.
Long valued as a stimulant for the circulatory and the immune systems, ginger is a warming digestive aid and excellent in relieving nausea.
An important medicinal plant in the royal herb gardens of medieval France and Germany, fennel is effective in regulating blood pressure, great for your skin and can even be used to help with ailments like laryngitis.
Our Brews of the World range takes our master blend and expands on it with 5 unique and equally restorative and delicious varieties:
The People’s Chai – The People’s Chai is our classic staple brew that’s our version of an authentic aromatic Masala Chai. The combination of spices and black Masala tea is warming, invigorating and so delicious.
Chilli Choc Chai – Our Chilli Choc Chai combines the delicate flavours of chai with the sweetness of chocolate and the spice of chilli. The inclusion of cacao is rich in magnesium helping with muscle recovery, chilli powder to help increase blood flow and cayenne pepper to help with lowering blood pressure. This drink is a warming nightcap to end your day on a sweet note minus the sugar!
Golden Spice Chai – With the addition of wonder spice Turmeric this golden brew is as good for you as it is delicious. The unique combination of Turmeric and milk is tied together so well with the master spices creating a rich aromatic brew. Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory benefits and this blend it made all the better for you with the addition of Fenugreek; helping to balance cholesterol and soothe the stomach.
The Herbal Chai – A pure brew that’s for all the herbal tea lovers. Simply brewed in water this blend is a great after meal digestive aid to soothe the stomach and wind down.
Hibiscus and Mint Chai – sweetened naturally with hibiscus flowers and fresh mint this brew can be enjoyed hot or cold. A great guilt-free afternoon pick-me-up.
I could go on forever about all the amazing benefits of chai but why not try for yourself and make the switch from coffee today? A tasty afternoon pick-me-up that’s good for your body and soul.
Plus, with Mother’s Day around the corner I can’t think of a better gift to give Mum. Mum’s are the hardworking backbone of our families and they deserve to be treated and take a little time out for themselves to chill.
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As always, if you make anything from our site or have a snap of you sharing a chai with your mum this Mother’s Day, be sure to upload it onto social media and tag us, we love seeing what you create!