Ayurveda and Tea
Every so often we hear the word Ayurveda and we wonder what it is and why it relates to health?
The origins of Ayurveda come from India and it refers to ancient holistic medicine that is still used and practiced today. Simply translated from Sanskrit, it means “Knowledge of Life.” The focus of Ayurveda is to promote full body healing through positive thinking, healthy living, and use of herbs. It combines the elements of the earth along with spiritual, mental, physical and emotional characteristics.
Ayurveda divides bodily substances into five elements, earth, water, fire, air and ether. The combination of these elements are what create doshas. Doshas are what are believed to define your health and personality and are called Kapha, Vata, and Pitta. Note that there are physical and emotional characteristics that make up each Dosha. By paying attention to our bodies and what we put out, we can work towards keeping balance with our Doshas.
An ayurvedic practitioner would be able to help you determine which dosha you align with most. Read on for more details about each Dosha and see which you might align with most!
Kapha (pronounced ‘cuff-ah’) is based on the Earth and Water elements. Words to describe this dosha are steady, stable, slow, heavy, cold, and oily. The main function of Kapha is to protect the body and the elements that make us who we are. When the Kapha dosha is aligned, people are more likely to be calm, loving and warm. To balance Kapha, we recommend following a regular schedule, clearing your space from any and all clutter, and following a nutritional guide. One of the best herbs that can be drunk to help balance this dosha is ginger root.
Check out our Kapha Blend which is full of great ingredients that bring the elements into your body for balance. This tea is known for its stimulating and heating properties. It contains ginger root, saffron, black pepper, licorice root, clove, green cardamom, fennel, cinnamon, safflowers, peppermint, licorice, tulsi, and sambuca flavor.
Vata (pronounced ‘vuh-tah) governs movement of the body and represents the air and ether elements. The qualities of Vata can be called cold, dry, light, quick and amenable. The physical properties of Vata can be seen as thin with great agility. When Vata is imbalanced the physical properties change to weight loss, constipation, and restlessness. People ruled by Vata are exciting and love to experience new things. They forgive quickly but their anger rules just as fast. Activities we recommend for Vata types are yoga, tai chi, walking, and hiking.
We also recommend drinking teas throughout that day that are warming and comforting. Our Vata Blend is meant for balancing this dosha.
For the perfect cup of tea to relax with this tea provides you with a calm, warming sensation. Vata contains chamomile, saffron, licorice, ginger root, fennel seeds, rosebuds, spearmint, rose hips, lemon grass, tulsi (holy basil), and natural orange flavor.
Pitta (pronounced ‘pit-tah) represents the Fire and Water elements and controls your metabolism and source of energy. When this dosha is aligned, Pitta types will have strong appetites and lots of energy. When imbalance one would exhibit signs like heartburn or indigestion. The emotional characteristics of a Pitta are shown in people who are outspoken and outgoing.
To keep this dosha balanced we recommend following a strict diet regimen, take moments to appreciate nature and spend time whenever possible, and of course drink lots of tea like our Pitta Blend.
Ingredients: Chrysanthemum, saffron, marigold, green cardamom, hibiscus, peppermint, sarsaparilla, raspberry leaves, and tulsi come together to create this Dosha tea.
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