In order to understand why including Ayurvedic tea as part of your healthy living lifestyle we must first take a look in what Ayurveda is. In this blog we take a quick look into Ayurveda, which can help us to better understand why the Ayurvedic tea range in my shop is so sort after and what it different to other herbal blends on the market.
Like with many Eastern ancient health practices it focuses on the idea of prevention rather than chasing a cure. It is also about being connected to your body and having a deep understand of our symbiotic connect to our environment and ourselves through mindfulness and meditative practices.
What is Ayurveda?
The practice of Ayurveda originated in India several thousand years ago and is an old practice in which the name “Ayurveda” comes from two Sanskrit words, ayus (life) and veda (knowledge) so it is known as being the “Science of Life”. Besides tea there is also a broader expansion of Ayurveda that combines diet, lifestyle, movement and herbs. It is holistic and identifies that no one way is correct for all people, it uses a system which focused on healing the whole body to create a state of balance. By introducing more practices for a balanced lifestyle, such as tea ritual we can decrease the symptoms of these dis-ease.
Why is balance so important?
Many people today suffer from stress, anxiety, dis-ease from an unbalance modern lifestyle, much of which is caused by our physical environment, what we put into our bodies and our negative emotions and thoughts. Although these things seem simple on the surface someone who is over stressed can be more prone an increased risk of conditions like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and mental health issues.
Stress can waste your vitality and deplete your personal energy resources that could be used for enjoyment. You can become negatively influenced in your attitudes and feelings about yourself more easily. In addition, medical research estimates as much as 90 percent of illness and disease is stress-related.
What is an Ayurvedic tea?
There are many types of tea in Ayurveda, each with its own benefits. Most of them are a blend of different herbs that work together to offer you better relaxation, enhanced immunity, detoxification, heart opening or energy to name a few. Ayurvedic tea doesn’t promote one herb for one problem, but instead takes into account the seasons, a person constitution know as a dosha, your emotional well being and uses a whole body, mind and spirit approach.
The Ayurvedic tea’s in my shop are blended for different Dosha’s but we have found an intuitive approach as to which tea you need has been a more powerful way of choosing the right blend for yourself. We have forgotten the intelligence of our own intuition and connection to nature. Herbs are a great way to reignite this connection through tea ritual or just sitting with a bowl of tea in silence reflecting on our interstate and life.
What is a Dosha?
In Ayurveda there is said to be three main energies within the human body– Pitta, Kapha and Vata. Terms you will often hear in Ayurveda and you can easily find out which one is your dominant dosha and secondary dosha’s (there are many free tests online).
The doshas are comprised of five elements, ether, air, fire, water and earth and are said to effect all aspects of our life and are the driving forces in your body that determine your constitution which is like your unique fingerprint. When we understand ourselves better we and curb our susceptibility to health issues.
A summary of the 3 Dosha’s
Kapha – earth + water
Kapha types have strong frames and are naturally athletic as long they are exercising regularly to manage their tendency to gain weight. The influence of the earth and water elements makes them innately stable, compassionate, and loyal. When imbalanced they can become unmotivated, stubborn, and complacent even when change is necessary. They benefit from exposing themselves to new environments, people, and occasionally fasting.
Pitta- fire + water
Pitta types are dominated by the fire element, which makes them innately strong, intense, and irritable. They have strong digestion and intense appetites, both for food and challenges. It is common for them to suffer from health conditions such as inflammation, rashes, acne, and loose stool. For balance, pittas need to manage their “fiery” tendencies, channelling them in productive ways.
Vata air + ether
Vata types tend to be thin and lanky. They are very mentally and physically active and enjoy creative activities, meeting new people, and traveling to new places. When imbalanced they can get anxious, ungrounded, and can commit to a routine or completing projects. They tend to run cold and dry and enjoy warm, humid weather. It’s common for vata types to experience cold hands and feet, constipation, dry skin, and cracking joints. The influence of the air element in their constitution causes their energy, mood, and appetite to fluctuate dramatically.
As suggested before knowing your dosha can help give you more insight into how to balance all areas of your life better, but it is not necessary to drink the Ayurvedic tea’s from my shop. These tea’s have been blended so people can choose them intuitively or by focusing on what their emotional or physical needs are. Herbs consumed in ritual and with mindfulness can be of great benefit to us.
How to test quality of Ayurvedic tea?
The Ayurvedic tea blends have also been created with the lunar rhythms and with prayer so that each packet goes to who it needs too. I don’t sell big quantities of tea, nor is it my mission to do so, for me sharing good quality blends that have been created in this way has a more powerful impact if you are open to listening to the wisdom of the herbs.
The energy in each bag can be felt with each sip and a little goes a long way. A great way to tell if your tea if high quality is by using your senses such as;
Sense of smell
- If the herbs have a strong smell that your body enjoys and you can identify some of the herbs?
Sense of sight
- How does it look, can you see whole herbs, flowers, roots and leaves? What are the colours of these?
Sense of taste
- If you get to try it, can you taste the different herbs, how does it feel in your mouth?
The energetic exchange of Ayurvedic tea
Ayurvedic teas comes in an variety of brands and can include a whole range of benefits, it’s easy to look at herbs from a scientific point of view, such as this one helps the digestion, this one helps the skin etc… but the truth every herbs has a long list of benefits and there is so much we don’t know about nature and the energetics it that can help us with until we sit and connect.
Instead of just looking at the benefits how about asking about where the herbs come from, how old is it, who is blending the tea, what is the purpose of the blend and why do I need it. Again all herbs have a multitude of health benefits, but by asking these questions we can start to understand and turn in our internal navigation systems to decide what is best for us instead of just being told the facts.
The reason the blending and who you buy your tea from is an important factor is because it’s an exchange of energy. Whenever we interact with nature we energetically can enhance it, like if you are stressed and go for a walk in nature you always feel better after as you have reset of your energy. With tea we are drinking nature in a bowl so it’s important the journey these herbs have been on to get to you as they have been taken out of nature to get to you.