The ancient Indian medical system of Ayurveda has been practised for thousands of years. In Sanskrit, ‘Ayur’ translates as ‘life and Veda means science or knowledge. Thus Ayurveda means the science of life and it has been around for as long as 5000 years. Ayurveda focuses on the belief that the health and wellness of living beings depend on the balance of mind, body, and spirit. It incorporates diet, lifestyle, herbs, and yoga to truly heal from within. This natural system of medicine draws from the wisdom of nature’s goodness for cures and remedies to alleviate and cure several ailments. Ayurveda makes use of fruits, roots, herbs, minerals, and spices to promote wellness of the mind, body, and spirit.
Ayurveda believes that a person’s body is made up of a unique proportion of three elemental forces, or Doshas: Vata (air), Pitta (fire), and Kapha (water). When there is an imbalance in these Doshas, the flow of the body’s energy gets disrupted and this may lead to illness and diseases. Yoga, meditation, and diet are some of the techniques used in Ayurveda to balance a person’s Dosha. But apart from these techniques, one’s Dosha can be helpful in balancing with the help of herbal remedies or Ayurvedic teas.
Ayurvedic teas consist of a blend of natural ingredients which have their own properties to work together and offer wellness, relaxation, vitality, detoxification, etc. Ayurvedic teas are created with the intention of balancing one or more aggravated Doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) and achieve this goal by blending a synergistic combination of supportive herbs.
Signs and symptoms of Vata Imbalance include anxiousness, panic, fear, spasms, dry or chapped skin, constipation, gas, bloating etc. to name a few. Below is a simple recipe for Vata tea:
1/4 teaspoon ginger (fresh grated)
1/4 teaspoon cardamom (ground)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ajwain seeds
1 cup boiling water
Imbalances in the Pitta Dosha cause inflammation and redness of joints, skin disorders, digestive impairment, anger, criticism, jealousy, and other heated emotions. To balance the Pitta or fire Dosha, Ayurveda recommends herbs and spices that have a cooling effect. Here’s a simple recipe for Pitta tea that you can try at home:
Kapha imbalance symptoms consist of feelings of lethargy, heaviness, stubborn or dull mind, low libido, allergies and more. Here’s a simple recipe for Kapha tea:
The health benefits of drinking ayurvedic tea are immense and range from aiding weight loss, curing indigestion, brightening the skin, detoxifying the body, boosting immunity, and enhancing the quality of life. Since our bodies often have more than one Dosha, you can drink teas with multiple Ayurvedic ingredients. Apart from balancing the Doshas, these Ayurvedic herbs have other health benefits as well.