Chai 101 - All You Need to Know About This Cozy BRW
Every time Autumn kicks round, Chai lattes are rolled out and all of a sudden it becomes the trending drink of the Season. But do you know what Chai actually is, and why as well as being a cozy, comforting Fall staple it's good for you too?
No? Well then this intro to Chai is just for you!
What exactly is Chai?
The name “chai” is actually the Hindi word for “tea”, which was derived from “cha”, the Chinese word for “tea”.
In this instance chai is a mix of spices steeped into a tea-like beverage. There are so many different variations on recipes for chai but generally the ingredients usually include black tea mixed with strong spices, like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger and black peppercorns.
It's typically brewed strong with milk and sweetened with sugar or honey.
So just how did this spicy drink come about?
Well, we love a good story here at BRW and legend has it that the birth of this blend can be traced back over 5,000 years! The story goes that a king in what is now India ordered a healing spiced drink be created for use in Ayurveda, a traditional medicinal practice.
Believe it or not, the original versions of this spicy tea contained no actual Camellia sinensis tea leaves. Black tea was only added in the mid 1800's and milk and sugar were also later additions.
BRW Society is all about originality, so we've gone back to the Chai roots and created our Organic Yoga blend without black tea. It still contains all the warming, cosy feels of regular Chai, but without the caffeine hit, which means you can enjoy this BRW at any time of day!
So why is BRW Society Organic Yoga Chai good for me?
Our Chai contains five feel-good spices are all praised for their goodness - we couldn't list all the benefits, but we've outlined a few below:
Cinnamon is thought to help boost memory, assist with digestion and naturally brighten your skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties which helps your body fight infections and repair tissue damage.
Ginger is highly effective against nausea and helps settle upset stomachs. It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps fight infections.
Black pepper is high in antioxidants, may promote gut health and improve brain function, keeping you tip-top and switched on!
Cardamom is a natural breath freshener and aids digestion, as well as helping to reduce anxiety and may lower blood pressure.
- Cloves contain fibre, vitamins and minerals thereby providing you with important nutrients, are high in antioxidants and have antibacterial properties.
So not only is this winning brew the perfect Autumn soother, it's good for you too!
Click the tea image below to shop this delicious tea and check back next week for our yummy Pumpkin Chai Latte recipe.
In the meantime, check out our vegan Chai recipe below:
BRW Society Organic Yoga Chai