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Ayurvedic Medicine: Seeking Wellness Through Tea

By Jasmine Dilmanian (In-House Writer) 9 days ago 452 Views No comments

These days, we face no shortage of health fads and crazes. Although there are new and unfamiliar ones popping up every day, we have also seen a resurgence of old, and even ancient systems of health and wellness management. One such system is Ayurvedic medicine. What is Ayurvedic medicine and what does it have to do your daily tea routine? Let's start with the backstory!

Ayurveda, meaning "life knowledge," is an ancient medical system that originated in India. It consists of many healing treatments, natural remedies, and medicinal products that today, in conjunction with modern medicine, are used to heal the body from the inside out. Ayurveda has many components: meditation, massage, cleansing, spiritual guidance, diet, breathing techniques, and much more. All of this surrounded by the idea that there are imbalances in the body, mind, spirit, and environment, that with the help of this practice, can be regained.

In the Ayurvedic belief, human beings are made up of three doshas, or essential elements; these are fire, air, and water. Each element lends us different abilities, like movement, digestion, or structure; if one of these falls out of balance, it may adversely affect the rest. By incorporating various ideas from the Ayurvedic system into your daily routine, you can help build a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Although Ayurvedic medicine is not a treatment for any specific disease, the goal is to "create balance and harmony, decrease stress," and even help prevent disease or other unwanted health conditions.


So, where does Heavenly tea come in?

A typical Ayurvedic medical assessment includes essential questions about diet and lifestyle, with the ultimate goal of balancing the doshas. Just as important as what we omit from our diet is what we include in it. High-quality tea is one of the items that is definitely recommended to be included in a healthy regimen.

Ayurvedic medicine is about detoxifying your body in a wholesome way that is as close to nature as possible. Certain herbs and spices, often thought to be medicinal, are commonly found in Ayurvedic teas, and especially in chai blends, which have their roots in India. These include cardamom, cumin, turmeric, ginger, arjuna, Indian gooseberry, and many more.

Variations of chai blends by Heavenly Tea Leaves include Turmeric Chili Chai, White Chai, and Rooibos Cream Chai; all of these blends serve to create warmth and feature fiery ingredients like ginger, black and red pepper, and cinnamon. These have been shown to rev up the metabolism and are without a doubt part of a balanced Ayurvedic lifestyle.

Ginger, a super-strong ingredient with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, is also found in Heavenly Tea Leaves' Ginger Jazz and Spiced Turmeric, along with other sought-after herbs like holy basil, and of course, the coveted black tea base itself. A related blend, Turmeric Bliss, contains (aside from the obvious but ultra-powerful turmeric) florals like hibiscus and rose petal, and citrusy orange peel, which both serve to balance the depth of heartier but equally beneficial ingredients like cloves. The final Ayurvedic tea that perhaps encompasses all of the doshas needed for the idea balance is Uplift. This wellness-centered blend even contains mint, guarana seed, and chili!

With the goal of detoxifying, balancing, and enriching our everyday lives through how we move and consume things, tea can become a central component in the dedicated practice of Ayurvedic medicine. Alongside these wellness goals, tea has the secondary benefit of uniting loved ones and facilitating a sense of community, which is also a key component in an Ayurvedic lifestyle. Having a number of delicious, exciting, and wholesome Heavenly Tea Leaves teas to choose from, we say dive right in.


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*Disclaimer*

According to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine: "Many Ayurvedic materials have not been thoroughly studied in either Western or Indian research. Some of the products used in Ayurvedic medicine contain herbs, metals, minerals, or other materials that may be harmful if used improperly or without the direction of a trained practitioner. Ayurvedic medicines are regulated as dietary supplements rather than as drugs in the United States, so they are not required to meet the safety and efficacy standards for conventional medicines. These medicines can interact, or work against, the effects of Western medicines. Investigate the training and background of Ayurvedic practitioners whom you intend to use . . . It's important to discuss any Ayurvedic treatments that you use with your doctor. Women who are pregnant or nursing, or people who are thinking of using Ayurvedic therapy to treat a child, should consult their healthcare provider. It is important to make sure that any diagnosis of a disease or condition has been made by a healthcare provider who has substantial conventional medical training and experience with managing that disease or condition. While Ayurveda can have positive effects when used as a complementary therapy in combination with standard, conventional medical care, it should not replace standard, conventional medical care, especially when treating serious conditions."

​Tea Traditions from Around the World

By Jasmine Dilmanian (In-House Writer) 11 months ago 4018 Views No comments

The team at Heavenly Tea Leaves only enjoys one thing as much as we do tea, and that's traveling. Through our adventures and research, we have discovered that in each part of the world, tea truly takes on a new meaning. From Tibet to Turkey, the types of tea that people drink and the way they drink it are much more diverse than you'd expect. What ties most of these deep-rooted traditions together is the respect for tea, the process by which it is made, and its ability to unite people.

Like other nature-derived beverages, teas and tisanes can come from different plants, be grown at different elevations, harvested and picked at different times, and processed to bring out certain properties over others. In each country, there is usually a preferred tea type. And what to pair with that tea? It depends where you are. Sugar, butter, cream, tamarind seeds, and lemon are just a few additions that are common around the world. You can serve tea hot, extremely hot, or iced. One of the most famous tea-time rituals is the ancient tea ceremony of Japan, which has made certain that in Far East culture, tea is much more than a beverage – it's a highly regarded tradition. By contrast, in the American South, people like their tea iced, super-sweet, and often on-the-go in a disposable cup.

But just because you live in one country, it doesn't mean you can't enjoy and adopt the time-honored tea traditions of another. We've rounded up some of the most interesting global tea traditions that you may want to make your own one day:

Mint in Morocco

Touareg tea, more commonly known as Moroccan mint tea, is a staple in the North African country. It's customary to drink three cups of this black tea, poured from a curved spout held high above the cup (same goes in Turkey), infused with fresh mint leaves and often sweetened with sugar. Moroccan mint tea is usually served as part of a celebration or accompanying a delicious breakfast.

Turkish Tea Time

Brew black tea for approximately ten minutes and slightly dilute the mixture with some piping-hot water for a traditional glass of Turkish tea. Turkish tea is similar to Persian tea in its composition and in the traditions around it – namely, the ultimate hospitality toward family, friends, and even strangers.

Iran - an Ancient Tea Tradition

Brewed with a samovar - a water heater-crockpot hybrid adopted from Russia which is filled with wood or charcoal (modern versions use a heating element), and a small pot filled with water and caravan of concentrated tea placed on top,the ideal Persian tea is strong and reddish-brown in color. Before serving, the preparer will pour a bit into a cup to check its color and warm up the cup. Pouring the small sample back into the pot helps to stir the ingredients and distribute them evenly. Out of the home, a common place to gather and enjoy tea is a chaikhaneh, or tea house.

Russian Samovar Style

The centerpiece of Russian tea-making (like in Persian tea-making) is the samovar. The result is a concentrated black tea brew called zavarka. To serve, a bit of zavarka is poured into each drinker's cup and flavored with lemon, fruit, herbs, sugar, honey, or jam. Sometimes, hot cups are placed in decorative, metal holders known as podstakannik ("the thing under the glass") to keep them from burning the fingers. In Russia, hospitality, warmth, friendship, and tea are intertwined, and it is still considered polite to offer guests a cup upon entering one's home.

Argen-tea-na

Yerba Mate is South America's chai and originates in Argentina. This tisane is served hot and unsweetened and drunk through a special straw called a bombilla. The rules: don't stir the tea with the bombilla and always refuse a cup upon the first offer as a polite gesture (Same goes in Iran!).

Better with Butter in Tibet

Tibet is home to butter tea, or Po cha, a potent concoction that keeps you warm, cleanses the body, and serves as a centerpiece for time with family, friends, and even total strangers. To prepare this unique beverage, pu-erh tea cakes are crumbled into hot water and boiled for several hours to create a strong brew called chaku, which is stored, then blended with salt and yak butter in a wooden churn called a chandong.

Ceremonial in China

Although tea is all over Chinese culture, one place the tea ceremony dominates is at weddings. As a way for the bride and groom to pay respect to their parents, it usually uses pu'erh or jasmine tea with lotus seeds and dates as symbols of fertility. The couple leans on red cushions and assume various symbolic positions as important family heirlooms are passed down.

Taiwanese Tapioca

Bubble tea – the worldwide phenomenon of iced milk teas (black, green, jasmine, or oolong) accompanied by tapioca pearls – originated in Taiwan. A cross between tea and dessert, it often includes powdered milk and a flavored syrup. Taiwanese bubble tea is a modern twist on the time-honored tea drinks of its close neighbor, China.

England's Afternoon Addiction

England is the spot where afternoon tea has been a way of life since the early 1800s. Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, invented high tea, where black tea (customarily Assam) accompanied by a light meal was consumed with upper-class companions or family in the late afternoon in an era when lunch wasn't customary. The "high" in high tea simply recalls the tall tables at which the tea was consumed.

Japan's Chanoyu Tea Ceremony

Influenced by Zen Buddhism, the Japanese chanoyu tea ceremony involves the ritualized preparation, presentation, and consumption of powdered green tea, called matcha. Rooted in ideals of harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility, the chanoyu offers deep connection in a peaceful setting. From etiquette and flower arrangements to the proper use of tea-making equipment and kimono-wearing, each ritual has its place.

India's Chai Culture

Chai, India's national drink, stands on nearly every street corner. It's offered to guests, consumed during meals and breaks, or offered as a complimentary beverage in shops. Traditionally prepared using loose black tea, a generous helping of leaves is combined with water, milk, and spices (cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and peppercorns). The resulting mixture is then strained to remove solids and sweetened with sugar.

Sweet Tea in the (American) South

Served in restaurants and at homes in the U.S. South, sweet tea is a regional favorite and an entertaining must. Strong black tea is brewed hot then chilled and accompanied by a lot of sugar and fresh lemon, plus a dash of baking soda to reduce cloudiness. For hot and humid weather, few drinks are more refreshing.

Trendy Thai Tea

In balmy Thailand, tea takes an icy approach. Brewed in a cotton tea sock using strong Ceylon tea, orange blossom water, licorice, crushed tamarind seed, star anise, and other flavorful ingredients, the beverage has a truly unique character and color. A "healthy" dose of sugar is blended with the mixture, which is then poured over ice, finished off with a splash of condensed milk, and served in tall glasses.


The common theme among these global tea traditions is the unification of family and friends. Whether enjoyed in the home, at a tea house, or at a special event, tea is the beverage that carries through from one memorable moment to the next.