Chai is the perfect example of everything that is new again.
It conjures up images of times gone by when villagers and villages came together as one, we surrendered, shared and lived life as one, times of being wild and free.
When our food and drink was sourced from the earth, when a problem shared was a problem halved. A time where handcrafted food was all there was and no need for labels and packaging.
We bared our souls for all to see, we traded goods and recipes and enjoyed the little things.
Having tea is one constant that remains from a quieter and more mindful time, a time that many of us today are yearning for.
Chai is known as the spice of life. It warms our souls, creates harmony and brings balance to our internal life force — our prana.
And if that’s not giving you the urge to slow down, put your feet up and wrap your hands around a hot mug of chai, here are 7 other reasons to enjoy a Wild Rooibos Chai today...
Not all chais are created equal! Beware of those containing nasty additives and preservatives and that are flavoured and sweetened.
Not only do they lack in taste, but they also don’t provide any health benefits and can actually be bad for your health. The ingredients in Wild Rooibos Chai are all-natural, completely biodegradable and come as a loose-leaf you won’t ever have to worry about steeping a bleached tea bag in your drink again.
Ayurveda is an ancient Hindu system of medicine which emphasises good health and staying healthy through lifestyle practices. It combines the idea of balance in all of our body systems using diet, herbal treatment and yogic practices, such as breathing and meditation to create harmony.
Each of us has our own internal life force, also known as our dosha. It is also known as the intuition of the body – you know that inner voice we have guiding us towards those daily choices and decisions, the ones that help keep us balanced and thriving?
Have you ever been guided to eat something, have a major food craving or want to run as fast as you can away from a particular food without even knowing why? Your dosha is always guiding you to seek what is best to bring balance to your body and mind through your diet.
While it may be the first time you’re hearing about tisanes, you’ve very likely already tried them!
Tisanes are what we would usually call herbal teas. They’re infusions made from flowers, leaves, bark, roots, berries, seeds and spices, rather than from actual tea leaves.
Some examples of tisanes are peppermint, lemon balm, camomile, ginger, elderberry and, of course, rooibos.
Some examples of teas are black tea, oolong tea, white tea and green tea.
If you are avoiding caffeine or simply want a warming evening drink, beware that many chai blends also contain caffeine in the form of black tea which was introduced to chai recipes by British colonies in India and Sri Lanka (the traditional recipes did not contain caffeine).
Wild Rooibos Chai is completely free of caffeine and sugar which makes it the perfect drink to wind down with in the evenings.
Wild Rooibos Chai leaves you feeling fresh, regenerated, light and calm all over. It’s no wonder with the ingredients being a combination of 100% organic rooibos, fennel, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and pepper. These amazing herbs are known to decrease inflammation, improve heart and bone health, aid digestion, help fight disease and improve digestion, plus help balance hormones... just to name a few of the known potential benefits.
It helps us be more mindful in our daily lives as we taste the flavour, smell the spicy aroma and take time to ground ourselves while enjoying our chai.
Buying good quality ingredients to benefit your body and soul is important, it elevates us to take time to honour the food before us.
Using a daily ritual can serve as a reminder to slow down, calm the nervous system and bring the body back to its best state.
All you need to create perfect chai is a great chai blend and a good vessel to brew in. When you brew, be sure to steep it for somewhere between 4 - 15 minutes and also keep it covered while steeping to ensure the flavours develop and the aromas do not escape.
But Wild Rooibos Chai isn’t just for winter! It makes a delicious iced drink and helps you stay hydrated, energised and cool throughout the warmer months, too. Make up a batch of tea and leave some aside in the fridge then pour over ice when you want an energising drink.
Or, if you’re wanting something a little more interesting and even a bit filling, here’s a delicious chai smoothie for you to try…
It needs to be spicy and bring warmth, flavour and grounding to your soul. There are plenty of coffee snobs out there, so we are starting a whole new trend here! Join the chai snob movement and get your chai here.
Believe me, once you get on the chai bandwagon there is no going back.
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Mental Health Practitioner
Holistic counsellor and Meditation Teacher
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The solstice is a time to celebrate the natural world, take some time to meditate and go within to connect with Self in contemplating the year that has been and the second half of the year to come:
What do you wish to make of this time, goals, your focus, dreams?
A lovely solstice tradition to establish is meditating on the above with the soft candlelight.Here is a short but enjoyable meditation for you to enjoy as a simple way to light up and go within.
Nothing is worse than waking up with a heavy head, a lead tongue and not knowing where to begin to start feeling alive again!
All it takes is one or two extra glasses while enjoying an evening with friends – and cue an AWFUL headache the next morning.
But the question is – can finding relief really be as simple as staying hydrated?
Well yes, and no. Here we break down what really goes into hangover prevention and cures!
Many people are becoming conscious of reducing their waste and consciously buying from businesses that put the environment first. Because of this, plenty of eco-friendly alternatives are popping up. The problem is, not all of them are as ‘green’ as they make themselves out to be, and in fact, many are still harmful for the environment.
In this blog, we wanted to share with you what it takes, and what we do at Mayella, to choose genuinely earth-friendly packaging.