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Benefits of chai tea

cup of chai masala tea with cinammon cardamom and ginger
This fragrant beverage is delicious and claims many health-boosting benefits. Find out the different benefits it promotes and how to make a brew yourself.
Creamy, spiced, and incredibly delicious, chai tea should definitely be on your radar! 

This fragrant beverage is known as masala chai in India, and it’s been traditionally brewed for thousands of years as a heart-warming, health-boosting hot drink.

Learn all about chai tea and how to make it here!

What is chai tea? 

Chai tea originally hails from India, and it has a 5,000-year history! It’s thought to have first been brewed for a Hindu king as part of Ayurveda – an ancient herbal brew that uses the Earth’s natural properties and energies.2

The word “chai” actually just means tea in Hindi. However, chai tea is specifically made from a mix of black tea and aromatic spices such as ginger, fennel, cinnamon, and cardamom.3

Instead of being steeped in hot water, like other types of tea, chai tea is made using a combination of warm water and milk to give it a creamier taste and texture.3

3 potential benefits of chai tea

A blissfully comforting drink on a cold day, chai tea also contains a whole host of possible health benefits.

Here’s a quick look at 3 potential chai tea benefits:

1. It contains cinnamon which may support your heart 


Cinnamon has long been studied for its effects on heart health. Precisely, it’s thought to help lower the amounts of bad cholesterol in the body, while also reducing blood pressure. , 

2. Nausea-fighting ginger is a key ingredient 


Ginger has been used to help combat feelings of nausea for hundreds of years and is thought to be especially beneficial for pregnant women suffering from morning sickness. 

3. Its high-protein levels may help you stave off hunger pangs 


Chai tea is much more filling than most other teas thanks to its liberal use of milk. Whether you go for dairy or you make a dairy-free alternative, both are excellent sources of protein, which has been known to promote feelings of fullness.

How to make chai tea 

If you fancy brewing up a cup of this incredibly fragrant tea, you’ll have two options – using a ready-made chai tea bag or creating it from scratch. 

Here’s how to make homemade chai tea using the raw ingredients:8
  1. Heat two cups of your preferred milk over low heat on the hob. 
  2. Empty the black tea leaves from two standard tea bags into the milk. 
  3. Add in six cardamom pods, a cinnamon stick, two cloves and a pinch of fresh nutmeg.
  4. You can then sweeten the tea with a teaspoon or two of brown sugar before leaving it to infuse over low heat.
  5. After ten minutes, strain the mix into mugs and enjoy!

Different types of chai tea

There is not one definite recipe for how to make the perfect chai tea - as there are many different regions in India, there are many ways to enjoy chai.9

The most popular type of chai consumed around the world is ‘chai tea’. In India, is it known as ‘masala chai’, where it is prepared with spices.

However, there are some staple spices that can be found in most spiced chai blends – cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, fennel seeds and clove. Other popular variants of chai tea include karak chai, cutting chai, kashmiri chai and the trendy vanilla chai tea.9

When to avoid drinking chai tea

If you have a sensitivity to caffeine, you may want to avoid drinking chai tea or try making it with decaffeinated black tea leaves or bags instead. As ginger may also interfere with some medicines or blood thinners, you should be cautious about drinking large amounts of it if you take regular medications.

Fancy enjoying a mug of marvellous masala chai? You’ll find ready-made bags of chai tea in our natural herbal tea range, as well as various other options made from soothing herbs and vitamin-packed fruits.

The final say 

If you’re looking to try a new type of tea, or are just looking for a blissful cup of tea to enjoy on a cold day, why not try chai tea? With so many different variations and ways to make it, this versatile tea makes a great addition to your tea collection.

Sources

1.       https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0725513612456896 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874116307826

2.       https://twinings.co.uk/blogs/news/what-is-chai-latte

3.       https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4003790/

4.       https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14633804/

5.       https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9815340/

6.       https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18827579/

7.       https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/cassies-chai-tea

8.       https://tea101.teabox.com/chai

9.       https://www.nature.com/articles/npp200817

10.    https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/herb/ginger

 

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