When I was living in Delhi, my favourite chai wallah told me his secret recipe for his amazing chai. Back in the UK, I looked for a chai tea to warm me up in the winter months, and also help with tummy problems. Chai in India is brewed with black tea base, so I used meadowsweet as a caffeine-free alternative, as it soothes the stomach and has a delightfully deep soothing taste. The fragrant flower has a sweet, heady scent (traditionally used to flavour mead) which combines perfectly with Eastern aromatics and spicy pepper. This herb chai will tantalize your tastebuds. An energizing infusion to enjoy at any time.
Meadowsweet, ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves
Great Taste Award 2014
Fresh ginger is so rich in vitamin C that 5th century Chinese mariners ate it to ward off scurvy.
Beer was traditionally made from meadowsweet, as it calms the stomach. When the church found that hops made people sleep, beer production changed to hops – to keep the masses quiet!
Meadowsweet contains the same chemical compounds as aspirin. However, unlike aspirin, it protects the stomach, so protects against gastric bleeding.
how to enjoy our tea
Our Spicy Herb Chai can be enjoyed hot or iced at any time of day. Infuse for 2-3 minutes, and add milk and sweeten with honey to taste.
Tip: Try 1 mug before or after meals as a digestif.
Use this fragrant herb-spice mix in cooking.
More about chai tea culture
According to legend, chai tea, sometimes known as ‘masala tea’, was invented by an Indian king as a healing drink. It has close links to the Ayurvedic tradition of alternative medicine, and its popularity has spread throughout the world.
In South Asia today, you can buy a fragrant cup of masala chai from street vendors called chai wallahs – it’s almost as popular as coffee.
There are thousands of different recipes for chai tea. All chai in India is brewed with black tea as a base. In Kashmir, gunpowder green tea is used instead. Our delicious new recipe uses meadowsweet.
medical herb Research
Here’s an overview of the traditional medicine uses of meadowsweet
Drinking our tea is not a substitute for seeing a doctor.