There are almost as many recipes for chai out there, as there are people who make it...each adding their personal touch to find a unique perfect blend. Almost every chai recipe includes ginger, cinnamon, cloves and black, green or oolong tea. Other common ingredients are cardamom, nutmeg, black peppercorns and fennel. In Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, all of these are considered healthy ingredients. These warming and health-promoting spices help stimulate, balance and support digestion. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory and many times over has been recommended for inflammatory conditions such as arthritis or eczema. The antioxidant properties of tea are widely known, beneficial to heart health and helping to prevent cancer. Add these with warm milk or soymilk for protein and calcium, and this drink is filled with not only yumminess, but also a powerful, healthy punch!
Like with everything, processed generally is not as beneficial as traditional or homemade chai as their sugar content is high and their spices may also not be as potent. A great recipe for a tasty, homemade chai can be found here.
Okay, so maybe the cuppa chai doesn't literally slow down time, but it does work for you to increase your health and wellness with the hope of lengthening vitality and life...which really is still the gift of time!