Here’s a great and inexpensive gift idea (and something special) for Mothers Day.
Chai Tea Spice Kit
I met an Indian lady many years ago who gave me this recipe. The recipe had been handed down through her family for generations.
Chai Tea is a spiced milk tea that has become more and more popular throughout the world. Usually, Chai Tea is made up of:
• black tea
• various spices
• a sweetener
When analyzing Chai’s health benefits, it is critical to examine each of the ingredients. Even though they act together synergistically to increase each other’s benefits, the individual spices have powerful health benefits on their own.
Of course, we all know that tea is full of antioxidants. However, the antioxidants in tea may provide more far-reaching protection than we suspected. For example, black tea may protect LDL (good) cholesterol, helping prevent cardiovascular disease. In addition, some research has shown black tea has anti-viral and anti-cancer properties.
A popular spice in both the Indian and Chinese preparations, cardamom is said to benefit the lungs, kidneys, and heart. Found in virtually every Tibetan medicine formula, cardamom aids digestion and supports the immune system. In addition, it helps detoxify the body, improve circulation and may also fight respiratory allergies.
Cinnamon is thought to increase circulation and open breathing, increase awareness and vitality, and reduce fatigue. In addition, research has shown that cinnamon has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant effects. It is also reputed to be an aphrodisiac!
A great source of antioxidants, fennel also provides Vitamin C, potassium and fibre. Fennel has also demonstrated some anti-cancer effects.
Native to the spice islands of Indonesia, cloves have been used by the Chinese since 300 BC. Cloves have pain-relieving and antiseptic attributes and may help alleviate ulcer pain.
The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of star anise are useful in the treatment of asthma, bronchitis and dry cough. Star anise cures all kinds of digestive disorders and ensures proper and healthy functioning of the digestive system.
Given all of these benefits, it should be no mystery as to why Eastern cultures have been drinking Chai for centuries. According to Ancient Indian philosophy and medicine, the spices in Chai are considered to be “sattvic,” or calming, vitalizing and mentally clarifying – the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life!
This ancient beverage is treasured by people around the world for its delicious flavour and vital health benefits.