8 Amazing Health Benefits Of Chai Tea
Chai tea is known worldwide for its delicious blend of herbs and spices that lend its unique flavor. However, chai tea is more than just a delightful spicy drink. Herbalists have known for centuries about the strong therapeutic effects of the ingredients in this tea. Spices such as cinnamon, clove, black pepper, nutmeg, cardamom, and ginger are pungent in flavor. According to Chinse Medicine, the pungent taste warms the body, cleanses the mouth, clarifies the sense organs, enhances other flavors, and improves digestion, absorption, and elimination. The spices in chai tea do much more than add flavor to your drinks, pies, and desserts. These spices contain antibacterial, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties that lend chai tea its extraordinary health benefits, including:
- Regardless of whether you drink the caffeinated or non-caffeinated version of this tea, the herbs in it give you energy. Making this tea an excellent alternative for those trying to wean off coffee. In general, the caffeinated version of chai tea contains about one-third the amount of caffeine as a regular cup of coffee and about one-sixth of a strong cup of coffee.
- Improves digestion. The ginger and black pepper in chai are excellent for regulating the digestive system and keeping your gut healthy—a great drink option for those suffering from IBS and autoimmune disorders.
- Alleviates nausea. Ginger, one of the main ingredients in chai tea, has been shown in many studies to reduce nausea.
- Reduces aches and pains. The ginger and cloves in chai are anti-inflammatory, which can ease pain ranging from minor headaches to migraines. They also increase circulation, delivering oxygen-rich cells to the affecting areas that can provide symptom relief.
- Supports your immune system. The antioxidants, vitamin C, and other nutrients found in chai spices help keep your immune system healthy.
- Helps prevent and treat cold and flu and other infections. The spices in chai are also antiseptic, anti-fungal, and expectorant, which helps fight disease, clear your sinuses, and detoxify your body (without dairy). Also, ginger is a synergetic herb if used in combination with other antimicrobial herbs. This synergetic action means that adding ginger in combination with other antimicrobial herbs will enhance their effectiveness.
- Protect your cells and prevent chronic illnesses. The spices in chai are high in antioxidants known as polyphenols that help to eliminate free radicals. Free radicals have been linked to chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and cancer.
- May improve heart health. The cinnamon and black tea found in chai tea have been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure and regulate blood sugar.
As you can see chai tea not only taste amazing (which is a benefit in itself) but during the fall and winter season, you can boost your immune system and stay healthy by drinking homemade chai tea daily. Unfortunately, modern-day commercialized chai beverages tend to be sugar-laden and more health threat than health benefits. So, when buying prepared chai tea, pay attention to the ingredients on the labels, or better yet, skip the coffee shop, and make your own from scratch like using this recipe.
Healthy Chai Tea recipe
This recipe will make about five cups worth, and it’s caffeine-free, so your kids can drink it too. Remember you can adjust the amount of each herb to your taste, for example, I do not like cloves too much so I only use 5 cloves but I love cinnamon, so I add more cinnamon, some people like orange peel and so they add it. So have fun and play around with the ingredients, you really can not go wrong!
Bring four cups of water or milk substitute, such as almond or coconut milk, to a boil (you can also do ½ milk ½ water). Then lower the heat to a gentle simmer and add all the ingredients listed below (or your own ingredients). Cover with a secure lid and continue gentle simmer for twenty minutes (for a medicinal extraction, less time if it is just a beverage type of drink). Then turn off the heat and let it sit. Add raw honey, agave, or stevia to taste (but not too much, otherwise if too much sugar). You can drink it right away, but the longer it sits, the better it tastes.
- Spices: 10 whole cloves,
- 12 whole cardamom pods,
- 12 whole black peppercorns,
- 2 cinnamon sticks, and
- 4 slices fresh ginger root (chopped)
If you want a caffeinated version of chai tea, add one organic unflavored black or green tea bag to each hot serving. Steep for five minutes. Discard the tea bag before serving.
I hope, this will recipe and article will to inspire you reaching towards your kitchen instead of the medicine cabinet when to prevent colds/flu during this fall/winter season.
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