What is Chai?
Although chai literally translates from the Hindi word for tea, it more commonly refers to a blend of black tea and spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger. As a hot or cold beverage, chai tea has a decadent, creamy and spicy flavor. The origins of chai date back thousands of years where it was used as an ancient medical remedy for many stomach ailments. Now chai is a convenient after lunch beverage that aids with digestion and gives an extra boost of energy.
Tea provides numerous health benefits. Unlike coffee, the energy provided by green tea is generally reported to be a less jittery, calm energy. This is possibly due to the presence of L Theanine in tea. This chemical compound has shown to actually reduce stress and anxiety when combined with caffeine. Tea also naturally contains a compound called EGCG. This compound is currently being researched for its ability to battle cancer cells.
Black teas have long been considered a digestive aid. Recent research has shown a variety of antioxidants present in black tea that can help ward off chronic diseases and heart conditions. Daily cups of black tea have shown to help reduce blood pressure and improve gut health.
Chai tea has a range of ingredients that help regulate the digestive system to maintain a healthy gut environment. One of the key spices in chai tea is ginger, a radish-like root. Ginger is known for its ability to reduce nausea and has been used throughout history for symptoms ranging from sea sickness to nausea during pregnancy. Ginger is reported to increase satiety and reduce the feelings of hunger. In addition to helping soothe the stomach, ginger can improve circulation and oxygen delivery to tissues.
Ginger contains one of the highest sources of antioxidants, only surpassed by certain fruit. Ginger is one of the most effective supplements to treat gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, indigestion, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Ginger is reported to increase satiety and reduce the feelings of hunger. Ginger is known to enhance blood circulation and help prevent cardiovascular diseases.
People have cultivated and used ginger for over 5,000 years. This root style plant originated in Southeast Asia. It thrives in hot, humid environments and is mostly cultivated from India today. Traditional Chinese medicine used the root in the same way we use it today. Because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, ginger found its way into loose leaf teas, soups, tonics, and candies. As worldwide trade increased in the middle ages, the popularity of ginger increased. Now the root no longer grows in the wild, but is cultivated in tropical climates around the world.
The sweet flavor in Leaf Tea Company’s Vanilla Chai blend is vanilla. Not only is vanilla a delicious alternative to sugar, it also boasts a few health benefits. One of the main compounds in vanilla is vanillin. Research shows that vanillin is high in antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective. Using vanilla in place of sugar reduces a person’s daily sugar intake. Overall tea is a much healthier option than an energy drink or coffee. All of these benefits come with zero calories. Having a cup of tea instead of a can of soda is the difference of 140 calories.
In addition to these storied herbal remedies, additional research and innovations are premiering in the world of CBD. CBD is currently prescribed to treat certain forms of epilepsy. As a supplement, it is being used to treat various forms of anxiety, stress, and depression. Most users describe CBD as lowering the volume of the world. Not a cure-all, but another tool to navigate the stresses of modern society.
CBD is gaining popularity as a supplement for a wide variety of recovery. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive properties. Instead, it helps to maintain the body’s stress management system.
Users have taken CBD to treat anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, nausea, depression, and stress. CBD can be used to supplement energy in the morning or to provide a more restful sleep. CBD users often report lower anxiety, especially in high stress situations. Most users describe CBD as lowering the volume of the world. Not a cure-all, but another tool to navigate the stresses of modern society.
CBD is legally derived from the hemp plant and can be ingested in a variety of forms. Leaf Teas are one of the only water soluble CBD products currently on the market. Water soluble has shown to have a higher absorption rate by the body than oil delivery methods. Read more about water soluble CBD here.
Leaf Teas contain high quality tea blends with the highest standard for CBD delivery, water soluble. This gives Leaf Tea the highest bioavailability currently available for CBD. Meaning that more CBD is absorbed by the body, increasing its effectiveness. CBD does not share the same psychoactive properties as THC. Early research has shown CBD to be a powerful supplement for a variety of treatment options for a healthier living. CBD by itself does not cause the same “high” as THC. Read more about CBD in this blog post.
Brewing a delicious cup of Vanilla Chai CBD tea is as simple as any other classic cup of tea. For a traditional chai masala, try adding a bit of warm milk to your tea.
- Heat water to a boil.
- Use 3 teaspoons of tea leaves per 8 ounces of water.
- Pour hot water over tea leaves and steep 4-5 minutes.
- Remove tea leaves and enjoy!
Leaf Teas are available in loose leaf tins. This allows the consumer to be precise with dosage and measurement. Additionally, all Leaf Teas have their test results available on the website. Again, to provide the highest amount of quality control directly to the consumer.