Taking a Look into Masala Chai
Most drink tea because they relatively enjoy the meditative process of creating a little magic in a cup, or simply because of the taste and scents that consume the room. We all know and have heard about the health benefits of tea but, how much do you really know about the other ingredients such as spices, that you’re getting from the specific cup you’re drinking.
Due to the fact chai actually contains several spices, Not very many know that “chai” is actually a form of medicine used by the ancient Ayurveda methods. I took the list of ingredients to Tea Blendz Masala Chai Explosion ( black tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander and clove.) and we’ll help explain some of their best benefits.
Probably the most widely known for its effective cold and flu assistance, ginger also helps assist the body with so much more. Thanks to its awesome ability to absorb and stimulate nutrients ginger offers antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory effects.
Of course cardamom has more than a few benefits but the most relatively predominant feature is its ability to improve digestion by speeding up the process. Cardamom reduces inflammation that can be associated with heart burn, and apparently helps reduce acidity level within the gut flora to assist with gas, bloating and indigestion.
As per a previous Tea Blendz blog based on cinnamon, Cinnamon can improve sensitivity to insulin, and there is seemingly a link to improving neurodegenerative diseases. Cinnamon has highly potent polyphenols and has been linked with reducing the risk of heart disease by reducing the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
Also known as cilantro to many of us, has a list of health benefits that seems to take pages and pages worth of explanations. To make it short, Coriander has components and oils that help with skin inflammation & skin disorders, lowers cholesterol levels, reducing blood pressure, mouth ulcers, anemia, properties aiding in anti-histamines, bone health, digestion and much much more!
Just to name a few, cloves are acknowledged to have: antioxidant, anti-septic, local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, warming and soothing properties, anti-flatulent properties by providing higher gut motility therefore, helping relieve indigestion and constipation problems.
Therefore to sum up chai, is to expect lots of advantageous health perks such as digestion aid, help with anti-inflammation, improved blood sugar levels and an overall super potent mix in helping fight free radicals through the body’s natural oxidation process through its superb antioxidant structures.
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If you have bought fine teas you’ll want to be sure you store them properly, once you get them home.
Let us tell you why!
Tea is hygroscopic; that is, it absorbs moisture from the air and in addition to moisture it also absorbs odours and fragrances, which are in close proximity. Even though you have put your tea in a well-sealed container, it is best not to store it near anything that is highly fragrant, such as coffee, cinnamon or other fragrant spices.
A general rule of thumb is that most teas should be consumed within a year or so of being purchased. This is not because tea goes bad, but rather because it will lose it flavour over time. Matcha, is the exception to the rule, it should be used within three months or so upon opening.
Storing your favourite Tea
Store all of your favourite Tea Blendz teas away from light in a cool dry place, at room temperature and in an opaque airtight container. The container can be a ceramic canister, a tin, a foil pouch or non-permeable bag.
Moisture is detrimental to a delicate tea leaf, once wet, it begins to mold and decay. For this reason, we do not recommend storing tea in the refrigerator or freezer because continual opening and closing of the door relates to temperature differentials which causes rapid changes in humidity. This spike in humidity allows moisture to seep into the tea and robs the leaves of their flavour.
When properly stored, your favourite loose-leaf teas can remain untainted, fresh, and enjoyable.
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Caffeine is a stimulant made up of a chemical compound that is naturally found in a wide range of plants which are often used to produced coffee, tea, cocoa, and herbs such as guarana, yerba mate and even some medicines.
If you look online you will most likely find a wide array of articles stating the myths, benefits, facts and effects of caffeine, some being rather contradictory, while others actually have a thread of factual commonality. All of which really signify only one thing... the lack of studies on the matter, or at least any in depth studies that put forward any evidentiary facts on its conclusive effects.
The most common fact you will read are those that state a small amount of caffeine may have positive effects. It can increase alertness and help with concentration and naturally this is directed towards “healthy adults”.
However, to children and those people who are sensitive to caffeine or have underlying medical conditions, caffeine often disrupts sleep, causes headaches and makes them irritable and nervous. Researchers are now seriously looking into the potential adverse effects of caffeine, when consumed in high doses, on heart and bone health, behavioral patterns, cancers (risks) and infertility.
Below is a comparative list of products out there, which contain caffeine, that you may or may not consume on a daily basis.
Tea: (All content is per cup (8oz/250ml)
According to Health Canada & Dieticians of Canada, Canadians get about 60% of caffeine from coffee and 30% from tea. For kids, most caffeine comes from soft drinks. To protect health, Health Canada’s limits on caffeine intake:
We all have those days that feel like they are taking years to finish. From the noise, to the chatter, your mind never settling. There is so much stimulation during the day that its hard to calm down at night. So here we are introducing you a brilliant method to do just that. Tea Blendz's Twilight Tea is composed with Ayurveda methods in mind. These herbs aid to calm us down, relieve stress & part ways with any anxiety.
One particular herb - Valerian - is probably the most interesting to read about!! Commonly medicine is actually made from its root and it has several well-known benefits. It is said that Valerian helps to relieve conditions connected to psychological anxiety and stress like upset stomach, headaches, & nervousness!
Another awesome benefit Valerian root has is its ability to help with insomnia. You can even add it to your bath water which helps with restlessness for a better night’s sleep. Most often it is paired with other well-known herbs for sleeping disorders however; scientific studies are inconclusive on its affect for sleeping disorders.
A nice feature for this tea and ingredient, regarding women, is that is Valerian can actually be used for menstrual cramps and symptoms associated with menopause, like hot flashes and anxiety.
Fenu...what? Fenugreek! Also known as methi, fenugreek is a very important ingredient in Indian households. It is used in almost every preparation of curry, dal or paratha. So why does this culture use it so much? Fenugreek seeds and leaves are jam packed with medicinal properties and health benefits. Here the top 5 reasons why you should add this spice your diet.
1) Digestion - fenugreek is rich in fibre and antioxidants. When ingested, it helps remove harmful toxins from the body, aiding in digestion. Adding fenugreek seeds to your tea, will help relieve indigestion and stomach pain.
2.) Weightloss - add fenugreek to your weightloss diet by chewing soaked methi seeds in the morning on an empty stomach. The natural fibre in the fenugreek will swell and fill your stomach, suppressing your appetite and aiding your weightloss goals.
3) Increases Breast Milk Production - fenugreek ranks high among the ‘must haves’ for new mothers. The steroid diosgenin in the spice acts to increase milk production in lactating mothers.
4) Helps Prevent Colon Cancer - The fibre in fenugreek binds to toxins in food and flushes them out. Removing toxins helps protect the mucus membrane of the colon from cancer.
5) Soothes Sore Throat and Reduces Fevers - when taken with a spoonful of lemon and honey, fenugreek works wonders to reduce fever by nourishing the body. The soothing effect of mucilage in this powerful herb also helps to reduce coughing and throat pain.