This delicately composed medley of cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, and cardamom gives SHAI its traditional character. The round and savory notes of these exquisite spices combined with organic black tea, known to banish fatigue, stimulate mental powers, and raise energy levels, produces our delectable take on Masala Chai that is certain to delight your senses and lift your spirits.
Mostly produced from India, with Sri Lanka and Africa also making up a large percentage of production, Black tea is the most popular type of tea in the West. Black tea is high in catechins, powerful antioxidants that aid in disease prevention and useful in treating gastrointestinal disorders.
Ginger is cultivated most prominently in India, China, Indonesia and West Africa. Ginger has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and other health benefits. As a powerful antispasmodic, it helps calm and relax an upset stomach, alleviate headaches, help relieve anxiety, and is beneficial for gastrointestinal discomforts.
Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several tree species and is used mainly as an aromatic condiment and flavoring additive in a wide variety of cuisines. One of the most important active ingredients in cinnamon is cinnamaldehyde, which offers possible health benefits including stabilizing blood sugar levels, lowering cholesterol, and aiding with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Seductively fragrant, with floral notes and a menthol bite, cardamom is a bush in the ginger family that grows to 10 feet high. Traditional cultures and literature reference cardamom as a digestive aid by promoting and assisting digestion while improving digestive function and providing natural support to the intestine.
Indigenous to Southeastern and Eastern Asia, this perennial member of the Zingiberaceae family has been used for thousands of years as a traditional medicine, coloring agent and spice. Turmeric reduces inflammation, boosts the immune system, and can even help relieve arthritis symptoms! It can also ease heartburn and stomach pain.
Known as the “King of Spices,” the best black pepper is grown in southern India near Cochin. The berries of the perennial black pepper vine are harvested when unripe, then sun-dried until they blacken. Black pepper helps to stimulate hydrochloric acid in the stomach for better digestion. It contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it potentially helpful for reducing free-radical damage.