Today’s Tea Blog post is a crash course in Ayurveda and tea…
Have you ever heard of Ayurveda? (“Ay-ur-vay-duh”)? It’s a 5,000-year-old system of naturopathic medicine that originated in India. Ayurveda holds that the body succumbs to illness when it is out of balance. Fortunately, practitioners believe you can regain balance and restore health through natural resources like food, teas, and tisanes. Ayurveda and tea are a perfect complement to one another!
One of its central tenets is that there are 3 “doshas.” Doshas are forces behind an individual’s constitution, derived of the five elements (ether/space, air, fire, water, earth). Each of us is a unique combination, influencing our temperament and characteristics. According to Ayurveda, you can maintain a vibrant and joyful state of well-being if you identify your mind-body type and then create a lifestyle that supports it.
What is your dosha? Here’s a quiz to discover your dosha type.
Ayurveda and Tea
A local Ayurvedic practitioner recently approached us about custom-blending some herbal teas for her clients. As a result, we’ve done a ton of research and learned a lot about Ayurveda and tea! Here are some of our suggestions:
If you answered mostly A’s: You are Vata (Space & Air)
If you are vata and in balance, you are lively, quick-thinking, and creative. But if you experience worry, insomnia, constipation, or dry skin issues, you may be unbalanced. In that case, choose calming, grounding, and warming teas. We suggest spices like cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon, or fruits like grapefruit and apricot. Therefore, CommuniTea Center recommends Holy Chai or Apricot Dreams.
If you answered mostly B’s: You are Pitta (Fire & Water)
If you are pitta and in balance, you are generally warm, friendly, focused, and ambitious. However, you may be unbalanced if you have anger, irritability, indigestion, or skin or heartburn problems. If this occurs, Ayurvedic practitioners recommend cooling florals, like rose petals, or hibiscus; spices like coriander or fennel; and herbs like mint. You may also try drinking your tea at room temperature rather than scalding hot. Consequently, CommuniTea Center suggests Hug in a Cup, High Vibration, or Tummy Comfort.
If you answered mostly C’s: You are Kapha (Earth & Water)
If you are kapha and in balance, you are usually loving, calm, and supportive. But if you become unbalanced (with congestion, fatigue, weight gain, or slow digestion), choose food and drinks that are light, warm, and spicy. Tea with ginger and lemon is a great choice, as is turmeric. Also seek out fruit like pears, cranberries, and pomegranate, as well. As a result, CommuniTea Center recommends Turmeric Ginger or Lemon GoGo.
Please note that most people are actually a combination of more than one dosha…
For more information about Ayurveda and tea, or about food and beverages for your dosha, consult an Ayurvedic practitioner near you!
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