Talking about Tea & Yoga, I have found green tea a very common preparation in Yoga studios. Green tea is very light and healthy. But I’d suggest one thing – the gap between a yoga session and any sort of consumption must be at least 1 hour. There are some other great variations of tea, particularly herbal tea, that have become quite famous of late. I have tried ginseng tea and found it extremely refreshing. In fact, if any tea has given me the maximum energy and vitality, I’d be unhesitant in naming ginseng tea. It is without doubt my favourite.
Having said that, I must confess here that while I have been able to prepare tulsi tea, ginger tea, and gur gur chai (butter tea) at home with the raw ingredients, I have been relying on packaged ginseng tea for its preparation. Ginseng roots required to make this kind of tea have stayed out of my reach till date. But the availability of good quality herbal tea in the market these days has made the task of tea passionistas easier. Particularly those who look at tea as a healer rather than as a feeler. In fact, herbal teas are good alternatives to regular tea, simply because they are caffeine-free and have numerous health benefits. They have been imbibed nearly as long as written history extends.
There is nothing more satisfying and enjoyable than the fresh taste of herbal tea. This delicious and nourishing beverage makes a lovely compliment to your morning, revered companion in the afternoon and helps us relax (which we all deserve) in the evening.
How to prepare
Herbal Tea is an herbal infusion made from dried flowers, leaves, seeds or root. Generally it is made by pouring boiling water over the plant parts and letting them steam for a few minutes. The seeds and roots can also be boiled on a stove. These are then filtered and sweetened if desired and served. This kind of chai has many health benefits and is often consumed for its physical or medicinal effects especially for their stimulant, relaxant and seductive properties.
1. Firstly, Tea fulfils the water requirement of the body if consumed 2 or 3 times a day, as many people don’t drink plenty of water, and if sufficient amount of water is not consumed then many problems can occur.
2. The tea made from Mint aids in relaxation; relieves stress, and helps proper digestion.
3. Basil Tea or is prepared by putting about Tulsi chai 1 to 2 spoonfuls of basil leaves in 250 ml of boiling water. Then it should be steamed for about 2 minutes. Drink 2 to 3 cups of basil tea a day, best after each meal. It helps treat intestinal colic, gastric ulcer, bloating/swelling of the abdomen, anorexia, urinary tract infections, diarrhea, insomnia, lesions and inflammations in the mouth.
4. Similarly the Cardamom tea helps, Elaichi chai for it eases stomach cramp, stimulates digestion, and reduces gas and flatulence. Cardamom is the queen of spices and the flavour is absolutely ecstatic.
5. Fennel tea ( ) is beneficial for Saunf ki chai appetite, and also soothes sore throat and cough.
6. Ginger tea helps improve circulation, relieves cold and flu, and regulates blood sugar.
7. Rosemary tea is good for joint pain and headache. Also stimulates liver.
8. Green tea has a super effect on health as this tea inhibits the growth of Cancer cells. It is a powerful anti oxidant, kills Cancer cells without damaging the healthy cells, reduces the Cholesterol level, and helps to reduce thrombosis.
9. Cranberry tea is good for Urinary tract infections. Drinking one or two cups of herbal tea is very beneficial for health and is the solution for many daily problems like stress, indigestion, cough, cold, bad circulation etc. If you drink more than one cup of coffee per day, try replacing some of that coffee with herbal tea. Most herbal tea doesn’t have caffeine. However green tea does. But green tea too has many health benefits.
The traditional Indian chai prepared with milk is actually considered toxic and that’s why I always stayed away from it. But herbal tea sans milk is quite the opposite and considered to be a great detoxifier. In fact, it has been found that herbal tea helps to cut the body fat by 50%, and is an extremely effective energy drink.
I’ll admit it; I’ve not always been the biggest fan of herbal teas. Sometimes, they can taste very plain. But time and again, I have stumbled upon a blend that changes my mind. It’s possible for caffeine-free blends to be every bit as delicious as a tea-based one. Sometimes, it just takes a bit of trial and error. And considering the benefits that they bring to us, it's worth every bit.