Chai Tea Health Benefits
You would have to drink three cups of chai tea to achieve the same amount
of caffeine you get in a single cup of coffee. And this ratio increases
to 5:1 or 6:1 when you compare chai to strong coffee. By virtue of this fact alone, switching to chai will cut your
caffeine intake dramatically, even if you have an extra cup.
Finally we have an easy and enjoyable way to get off the
stimulant/fatigue treadmill and enjoy something that is actually good
Unlike coffee, chai has many inherently beneficial properties.
The black tea in chai is rich in antioxidants and the spices in chai
have been used for thousands of years to promote general health and
well-being, as well as to treat various ailments.
Ayurvedic (Ancient Indian) philosophy and medicine, these spices are
considered to be "sattvic," or calming, vitalizing and mentally
clarifying - The perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life! Consider
these traditional uses:
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.)
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
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.
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 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
Long valued as a stimulant for the circulatory and the immune systems,
ginger has been used to treat such disparate conditions as impotence and
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.