Tasseography… the art of reading tea leaves. It all sounds so Harry Potter- with Professor Trelawney turning and turning that china tea cup seeing haunting image after haunting image. Real or not, fantasy or honest to goodness fate – it seems like it would […]
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There’s a lot of talk and studies going on in terms of Green Tea, but not a lot is heard about its multi-spiced friend Chai. In latte form it’s a staple in coffee shops and to those that have loved it all their lives – the cardamom and the clove seems to be steeped into the fabric of their being. There are those memories of the multi-layered scents and musks filling the house, seeing a pot full of spices boiling and boiling, the dark liquid being poured into a tea pot and drinking it with heavy cream.
But as most teas, Chai can provide a lot of health benefits. Dr. Isaac Eliaz writes, in an article on MindBodyGreen, the benefits of this delicious tea. He even says,
If I were stranded and could only choose one beverage, I would probably take chai. A powerful blend of tea,herbs and spices, chai has been cherished for centuries in India to preserve health and increase peace of mind. But, the more we learn about chai, the more benefits we find. In addition to improving digestion, chai enhances the immune system, fights inflammation and has antioxidant properties. It has also been suggested that chai has antibacterial and anti-cancer effects.
All of the different components within Chai Tea provide different health benefits. For example the Black Tea in it contains anti- oxidants, ginger boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation, and fennel provides potassium and fiber.
Ultimately, drinking a little chai could spice up your life, both for your taste buds and improving health.
As seen in this article on etravel Blackboard Asia edition, British Airways have teamed up with Twinings to create a tea that will taste as good up in the air as it does sitting in your home. British Airways serves 35 million cups of tea […]
Have you ever wandered what to do with all of those old tea bags? Well you don’t have to throw them away or let them dry up in that saucer on your kitchen counter – they can be re-used. In this article, greenprophet.com provides numerous […]
It’s tea time somewhere!
Below is a charming guide via whatpeoplebrew.tumblr.com, a blog in which the owner pairs different tea with different characters from pop culture. For example she pairs Bilbo Baggins from the Hobbit with Irish breakfast tea and Moriarty from Sherlock with Chai Tea. Fandoms aside, this fantastic guide is a wonderful source that goes through the numerous ways you can make a good “cuppa tea”:
This adorable graphic goes through what is inherently necessary to make, as she puts it, “an awesome cuppa tea”. The guide goes through, as you can see, the temperature of the water, how to steep it, and even goes through different things you can put in your tea. This is a great guide to start looking at what different worlds of tea you can explore. If you grew up on black tea, use this to figure out herbal and floral teas, if you usually use sugar cubes, try some lemon, if you usually use the microwave, try literally putting “the kettle on” – there are multiple ways to be a tea sipping rock-star. I think I’ll be rocking out with some chai tonight.