Yet again, we have let ourselves be inspired by India and created a spice tea blend with black tea and Ayurvedic influences that must not fear any scrutiny. Shining slices of turmeric root offer a slightly different spiciness, which is in perfect harmony with the other typical spices that are expected of a Chai tea. Warming chillies let you adjust the spiciness to your individual liking. Also give it a try with a dash of added milk.
Loose Leaf Tea Ingredients
Black Tea, Cinnamon, Turmeric Slices, Ginger Pieces, Aniseed, Black Pepper, Cloves, Cardamom Seeds, and Chilli.
About This Loose Leaf Tea
Bold, flavoursome, and simply divine, Spicy Turmeric Chai Tea is inspired by Ancient Indian Ayurvedic Medicine. Aside from its strong, mouthwatering taste, this brew is perfect for balancing one’s ‘Doshas’. According to the 6000-year-old practice of Ayurveda, the three Doshas, ‘Vata’, ‘Pitta’, and ‘Kapha’, are capable of harmonising the body when adequately balanced.
However, for those who prefer to keep their head in the modern-age, the components of this brew have since been rigorously studied by countless scientific institutes which have, in turn, proven the amazing health benefits of any turmeric based chai or herbal tea.
As the name might suggest, Spicy Turmeric Chai Tea provides an additional ‘kick’ of flavour thanks to the addition of ingredients such as Chilli, Cardamon Seeds and, of course, Turmeric Slices! So, why not be adventurous?
Thousands of years before Indian tea was discovered in the state of Assam, Chai Tea consisted of varying herbs, oils, and spices. Legend has it that an ancient King once demanded a brew be made using many of these ingredients for use in Ayurveda. From region to region; town to town; and even household to household, the recipes for ‘masala chai’ (meaning, quite literally ‘spiced tea’) greatly differed, and continue to do so.
These decoctions could be served hot or cold and were often consumed as herbal remedies. Ginger, for example, was believed to stimulate digestion (which, according to modern science it does!). Cloves, meanwhile, were added to these beverages to help relieve pain and cardamon was likewise used as a mood enhancer. To support blood circulation and respiratory function, cinnamon was frequently used, while star anise was known to freshen the breath.
Black Tea was first incorporated into these brews after the Indian subcontinent came under the rule of the British Empire. The plant known botanically as Camellia Sinensis var. Assamica (the Indian variant of the ‘tea plant’) was discovered by Scottish adventurer and merchant, Robert Bruce, in 1823. Following this, tea leaves were often infused with popular ingredients to become the Chai Teas we know and love today!.