Stay warm with Yogi teas this cold weather season!
In Ayurveda, herbs are chosen based on their energetics, in which you assess your health needs based on experiencing the body with your five human senses. When you take an herb, does it speed you up, or slow you down? Do you feel moist, or dry? Do you feel warmer, or cooler? By narrowing down herbal energetics, we can design herb selections to support your personal well-being.
If you’ve ever eaten Indian food, you might know that Ayurveda uses food for both nourishment and to support general health. Herbs appear in food for taste as well as to support well-being, so many warming herbs are those we think of as culinary spices, such as cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. Herbs that are warming can help to support the body’s natural flow of energy, or qi (pronounced chi) as it’s known in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
On the whole, warming herbs can help to support digestion, and black pepper is another excellent example of a warming spice. Not only is black pepper one of the most widely used culinary spices in the world, it also has a long history of use in traditional herbal medicine. A spicy herb that can help support digestion, it also supplies antioxidants.
Long pepper, another famous Ayurvedic herb, is a two inch long peppercorn closely related to black pepper, with which it is often combined. It is used by traditional herbalists as an herb for supporting the digestive and respiratory systems.
In addition, pungent tasting herbs, like ginger, can also help to support circulation and give a sensation of warmth in the body. During the cold winter months, a steaming cup of Ginger tea makes a delicious and warming treat!
This trio of warming herbs forms the famous trikatu (three pungents) formula. In a cold, moist winter, this combo is healthy delicious blend perfectly enjoyed as tea to keep warm.
Find warmth this winter by adding a little spice to your life! Here at Yogi, the majority of our teas are formulated with some or all of these Ayurvedic warming herbs, most notably, Chai Rooibos, Classic India Spice and Egyptian Licorice.
Be well and stay warm,
Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa