If you’re looking to immerse yourself in mind-body healing then a great way to fill up your wellness cup is with a soothing mug of Ayurvedic herbal tea.
Ayurveda is an ancient healing system, originating in India, that takes a holistic approach to feeling well and living in harmony with yourself and your surroundings. Through nutrition, yoga and meditation, it focuses on treating the individual as a whole rather than a specific issue or disease, so that you can achieve balance and good health, not only in your physical body, but also in your mind and spirit.
Ayurveda teaches us that balance is the key to health and happiness.
There are three doshas or unique constitutions central to Ayurvedic philosophy and each person can lean towards vata, pitta or kapha or be a mixture of two or three.
When it comes to diet and nutrition and how to balance your dominant dosha, The Chopra Centre teas are a delicious way to tailor your diet and lifestyle to suit your unique constitution and bring about harmony to your body.
Relaxing Tea for Vata Dosha
I tried the Relaxing Tea to balance vata as I am predominantly a vata type. Vata people are creative and contagiously energetic. They make good teachers, artists, actors and professional speakers. The elements that govern vata are air and ether and, just like the wind, they can quickly get out of and back into balance.
The Chopra Centre Relaxing Tea for vata dosha features organic herbs and spices such as cinnamon bark, roasted chicory root, ginger root, cardamom, nutmeg and licorice root.
It’s a beautifully tasting blend which will soothe, warm, and harmonize your body, mind and spirit.
Relaxing Tea helps to relieve stress or restlessness, silence an over-active or busy mind, warm you in colder weather and settle a disturbed and uneasy digestive system, something that vatas can suffer from.
Soothing Tea to Balance Pitta
Pittas are fiery people with leadership skills and intellect – they love a good debate! The elements that reign in pitta are fire and water. Pitta’s qualities are sharp, hot, oily, smooth and mobile. Pitta heat is responsible for digestion and transformation of food, thoughts and physical exertion into energy. The state of your pitta digestive fire (agni) determines whether you are healthy and digesting your food properly.
This refreshing and invigorating aromatic tea will help to soothe, cool, and harmonize to take the edge off irritability and impatience that goes hand in hand with the pitta dosha.
The Chopra Centre specialized soothing tea blend features organic spearmint leaves, organic coriander, organic fennel seeds, organic hibiscus flowers, organic peppermint leaves, organic citronella, organic chamomile flowers, organic lemongrass to liven and cool down a lively and intense mind.
It has a spicy chai like flavour and is very easy to drink.
Invigorating Tea for Balancing Kapha
Kapha people are steady, grounded and nurturing. They tend to be the healthiest of the three doshas, particularly when it comes to mental health. Kapha is the dosha responsible for lubrication and structure of the body. Its elements are water and earth, and its governing qualities are wet, cold, heavy, oily and static. Kaphas like to be in their comfort zone, and once they find a place where they’re content, they find it hard to move. They don’t like change or disruption, and like to stay where they are.
If you’re a kapha who suffers from a sluggish digestion, this balanced tea blend provides natural energy without containing caffeine. Invigorating Tea contains a fragrant blend of herbs to speed up your metabolism and enliven your natural energy. It’s the kind of tea which is good for reducing congestion within the body, something that can be common in kapha types. Ginger helps to rekindle the digestive fire or agni in your body. Cloves and black pepper warm and stimulate, while cardamom and allspice warm and balance. To refresh and rejuvenate, a mixture of earthy cinnamon, peppermint, and orange peel are used.
The Chopra Center's Ginger Tea has a pungent, earthy and warming nature and helps to enliven your digestion and boost metabolism. Digestive fire or agni is stimulated and in Ayurvedic philosophy, a strong agni supports better absorption of nutrients and elimination of toxins. The tea features Wakaya Perfection 100% organic pink Fijian ginger and anti-inflammatory spices, Organic Ginger Root, Lemon Peel, Ginger Pieces and Black Pepper. Sipping on this tea will provide a spicy and fresh flavour and will instantly calm your senses.
To make the perfect cup of Ayurvedic tea, use freshly boiled water and let it steep for 2-3 minutes or up to four minutes for a brisk and deeper flavour.
You can drink up to two to three cups a day or more to bring balance to the body.
For more information about the teas and to purchase visit The Chopra Centre.