This mixture is a herbal tincture version of Chai. It tastes great and all the flavours are much more subtle .
Just put 10 mls in a cup of hot water, and add some honey or sugar if required. It is quite sweet with the Stevia already.. Milk can be added but we like it without.
: Pimpinella anisum - Antispasmodic, carminative ,galactagogue, stimulant , stomachic
: Elettaria cardamomum - Carminative, stimulant , stomachic, warming digestive .
: Cinnamomum zeylanicum - It is hypoglycaemic , aids in digestion and is a antiviral
: Coriandrum sativum - They are aromatic, carminative, expectorant, stimulant and stomachic.
: Syzygium aromaticum - Anti-emetic , warming digestive and also kills worm Larvae . The active principles in the clove may increase gut motility as well as improve the digestion power by increasing gastro-intestinal enzyme secretions. Thus, helps relieve indigestion and constipation problems.
The spice also contains a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and magnesium. Potassium is an important electrolyte of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
The spice buds contain very good amounts of vitamin A and beta-carotene levels. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties. Vitamin A is also required by the body for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin in addition to essential for vision. Consumption of natural foods rich in flavonoids helps to protect the body from lung and oral cavity cancers.
Additionally, this spice is a good source of vitamin-K, vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), vitamin-C and riboflavin. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals.
: Alpina galanga - Warming Digestive, carminative
Ginger : Zingiber officinale - Anti emetic, aromatic, carminative , digestive, stomachic.
: Cymbopogon citratus - It is a natural and effective anti-inflammatory and anti hypertensive medicine. When it comes to relieving headaches and migraines, lemongrass may work like an aspirin. Lemon grass is also believed to bring about a calming effect in relieving insomnia, depression and stress . Lemongrass is a potent cleanser and is useful for detoxifying the liver, kidneys, bladder, pancreas and digestive system. It is also known to improve digestion, lower bad cholesterol, uric acid and cut down excess fats in the body. Additionally, the herb is an effective remedy for stomachaches, diarrhea, gas, bowel spasms, vomiting.
Rose Petals : Rosa gallica / chinensis / persica - Rose petals are cooling to the blood , carminative, laxative and nervine. They also open up the heart emotionally and are a good heart tonic.They are also
Cytotoxic, antioxidant, antimicrobial . Rose oil which is in the petals also contains Limonene which improves digestion, acid reflux, and sluggish bowel. It is a unique fat cleanser and helps clear cholesterol sludge including the sludge in the gall bladder that can form stones. Another aspect of cleansing assistance is that it also helps liver detoxification enzymes. Its calming properties help settle anxiety and therefore can be used as a natural sleep aid. It helps reduce appetite and improve metabolism, making it one more nutrient to assist with healthy weight management. And of great importance, it is a superior nutrient for breast cancer prevention.
: Stevia rebaudiana - Brazilian research group demonstrated that water extracts of stevia leaves had a hypoglycemic effect and increased glucose tolerance in humans, reporting that it "significantly decreased plasma glucose levels during the test and after overnight fasting in all volunteers." In another human study, blood sugar was reduced by 35% 6-8 hours after oral ingestion of a hot water extract of the leaf. It is a natural sweetener ,is Hypoglaecemic and aids in weight loss .It is about 300 times sweeter than sugar and helps prevent hypertension . It also reportedly stops craving for nicotine and alcohol .
Contras - Not to be taken by anyone on warfarin, blood thinners, should be used with care in patients using anticoagulants or antiplatelet agents, oral ant diabetic agents, Antihypertensives, MAO inhibitors, Hypoglycaemic agents Lipid-lowering drugs