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What is Chai?
The name ‘Chai’ is just the Hindi word for ‘tea’, however, the milky sweet tea we order in coffee shops has very little to do with the origins of Indian Chai. Across all continents, the recipes for Chai vary. Its traditional ingredients include strong spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, and peppercorns. Traditionally, Chai was used in medicinal practice, the herbs were used for their digestive and antiseptic properties before milk and sugar were later added. This is what gave Chai the popularity that it still holds thousands of years later. Drinking Chai has many benefits, not only does it taste good, but it does good!
Chai is good for the brain
The ginger and black tea contained in the Chai has been known to help improve cognitive function and focus. There is a moderate amount of caffeine which significantly increases alertness and gives us that boost of energy when feeling tired. It does this without the usual side effects of other teas and coffee, no shakes or jitters, making it a good drink to give you that little boost during the day.
Chai as pain relief
There are plenty of ingredients in Chai that help with relieving pain. Ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and black tea all have properties that can help with reducing inflammation in the body. Whether it is for temporary injury-related inflammation or chronic pains, a cup of chai has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. This can reduce muscle soreness and has also been known to help with diseases such as IBS and arthritis. The small caffeine content that is present in black tea has been recognised to help increase the efficacy of pain killer medications. This has a knock-on effect on things such as headaches and menstrual cramps. Many of Chai’s ingredients also have antimicrobial properties, again helping soothe the pain of an upset stomach or sore throat, for example.
The beautifying properties of Chai
A daily chai tea-drinking habit can also have its benefits for your appearance. Black tea contains many compounds such as zinc, magnesium, and potassium. All of these have antifungal and antimicrobial properties. These will not only protect your skin from issues such as acne but also help hydrate and rejuvenate it, making it appear healthier and more nourished. Similarly, these compounds attack the harmful bacteria in your mouth responsible for the build-up of plaque which can, in turn, improve your oral health.
Chai as an immune booster
If you’re feeling under the weather, chai tea may help. It is rich in antioxidants and has antiviral properties which can help to fight off common colds and the flu. On top of that, these ingredients can boost heart health due to the reduction of cholesterol and plaque build-up in the bodies arteries and have even been known to prevent some cancers and degenerative diseases.