Ayurvedic tea is a tea made from different types of traditional Ayurvedic herbs, fruits and spices. The tea forms a neutral and healthy drink which has a healing effect on various problems of the mind and body. Ayurvedic tea benefits are of many types, and there are specific formulations for illnesses like diabetes, depression and kidney problems, or doshas of Kapha, Vata and Pitta, the three fundamental energies of the body as per Ayurveda, a balance of which ensures a healthy body. The tea is usually sold as a loose combination of dried leaves, stems and fruit parts, or in tea bags. Common ingredients are ginger, tulsi, mint and cardamom.
The Three Doshas of Ayurveda-
The three doshas are three combinations of vital elements in the body, based on which the human body functions the way it does. Herbal teas in Ayurveda are known to cure by acting upon the balance between these doshas.
Vata- It is made of the elements of space and air.
Pitta- This dosha consists of fire and water.
Kapha- It is made of water and earth.
Ingredients Used and Preparation of Ayurvedic Medicinal Tea
The ingredients in Ayurvedic tea are parts of medicinal Ayurvedic plants. Since the teas aim at complementing the three fundamental Doshas, the ingredients are chosen as per the Dosha. Herbal teas beneficial for all the three types of Doshas have ingredients like amalaki, trikatu, triphala, licorice root and fenugreek. Tea meant for Vata Dosha contains ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and ashwagandha. For Pitta, ingredients like chandana, coriander, cumin, amalaki, rose petals and fennel are recommended, while for Kapha, cloves, dill seeds, sonth or dried ginger, tulsi and dalchini are the preferred ingredients.
The tea is prepared by immersing ayurvedic tea-bags in hot water, or by boiling the loose dried herb mix for a prescribed amount of time and then straining it. The strength of the tea can be increased by increasing the steeping or boiling time. Addition of sweetener is optional. For health reasons, a natural sweetener like honey, sugar cane or maple syrup is often used.
Serving and Drinking Ayurvedic Herbal Tea
Ayurvedic tea is served warm and freshly prepared. It is usually served in mornings and evenings. It may be often prescribed to be taken empty stomach in the morning to enhance the health benefits.
Ayurvedic Tea Benefits
The following are the main health benefits of this type of tea-
- Natural Energizer: The tea is a natural energizer and refresher.
- Relaxant- Most ayurvedic teas have a relaxing effect on the nervous system, and are recommended for intake in conditions of excessive stress, insomnia, etc.
- Strengthens Immune System- The teas are rich in antioxidants, and are hence beneficial for building immunity
- Weight loss- Certain varieties of ayurvedic teas are known to help in weight loss by reducing conversion of carbohydrates to fats.
- Relief from Diseased Conditions- Special Ayurvedic tea versions are prepared to provide relief from diseased conditions like diabetes, arthritis, depression, indigestion, kidney problems, etc.