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Kapha tea is a herbal and spice tea made according to an ancient Ayurvedic recipe, intended to balance the Kapha dosha in the body. Accordingly, herbs and spices said to have warming and drying properties in Ayurveda are used for the blend. The taste of kapha tea is generally described as warm, spicy and slightly bitter. To balance the latter trait, herbs like cardamom add a touch of sweetness to the mix.
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Kapha Tea Ayurvedic Herbal Blend
Kapha tea is a herbal and spice tea blend, whose formulation goes back to to an ancient Ayurvedic recipe. According to Ayurvedic teachings, it serves to balance the Kapha dosha in the body. This in turn consists of the elements earth and water and is associated with properties such as stability, structure and lubrication. Accordingly, herbs and spices with allegedly warming and drying properties Ayurveda are ingredients of the blend: ginger root, coriander, whole cardamom seeds, turmeric roots, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper and nutmeg.
In Ayurveda, the tea is believed to support the metabolism and to help reducing excess moisture in the body. It is said to reduce excess Kapha and promises help with “Kapha symptoms” such as heaviness, obesity, tiredness, depressive moods and congestion. According to Ayurveda, Kapha also supports the physical and mental reactions to “Kapha conditions” such as damp and cold weather, fog or having to sit a lot.
Kapha tea is generally described as warm, spicy and slightly bitter. The warming spices such as ginger, cinnamon and black pepper give it a strong, spicy and slightly bitter taste. To balance the latter trait, herbs like cardamom add a touch of sweetness to the mix. However, kapha tea is not particularly sweet overall as the focus is on balancing kapha. Accordingly, the taste instead promotes an experience of lightness that is perceived as invigorating and intended to drive away misery, while promoting spiritually liberating effects. The tea is also warming and, according to Ayurveda, promotes satisfaction, trust and tenderness.
Kapha Tea – Preparation
To prepare, first pour 4-5 teaspoons of the blend in a suitable container with 1L of boiling hot water. Then allow to stand for 5-10 minutes, depending on the desired intensity of taste. And ready is your Kapha tea!
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a traditional system of folk medicine that originated in India thousands of years ago. It builds on the belief that health and well-being depend on a delicate balance between body, mind and spirit. At this, the earliest written records of Ayurvedic principles and practices are in the Vedas, a collection of ancient texts from pre-Christian times. The “Charaka Samhita” and “Sushruta Samhita“, considered to be the basic texts of Ayurveda, were written around 600 or 400 BC. Since then, Ayurveda has been continuously practiced and developed in India. At the same time, it has also influenced the development of traditional medicine systems in other parts of the world. Accordingly, Ayurveda is one of the oldest folk medicine teachings. which is still widely used in modern times.
What is Ayurvedic Teas?
Ayurvedic teas are a form of herbal tea blends finding use in Ayurveda to promote physical and mental balance. These teas consist of a combination of herbs, spices and other natural ingredients whose medicinal properties are believed to balance the doshas and contribute to overall health and wellness. In addition, the individual herbal formulations in Ayurveda also serve the targeted treatment of health issues such as digestion, stress or sleep. At this, Ayurvedic teas are generally considered safe and beneficial to health. Still, it’s always best to consult a doctor before trying new herbs and compounds. This especially applies to people with known health problems such as high blood pressure.
The 3 “Doshas” in Ayurveda
In Ayurveda, the doshas are the three basic principles that govern the functioning of the body and mind. They are known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
- Vata is associated with the element of air – all that is cold, dry and light. In the Ayurvedic perspective, it regulates movement, breathing, the circulatory system and the nervous system. Also, it allegedly is responsible for mental processes such as creativity and communication.
- Pitta belongs to the elements of fire and water – all that is hot, wet and flammable. According to Ayurvedic teachings, it regulates metabolism and digestion. It is also said to be responsible for mental processes such as intelligence and courage.
- Kapha corresponds to the elements of earth and water – all that is cold, wet and heavy. Accordingly, it determines structure and stability. In addition to bodily functions such as lubrication and moisture, it supposedly is also responsible for mental processes such as memory and compassion.
According to Ayurvedic beliefs, every person has an individual balance of these doshas. In this perspective, imbalances in the doshas can lead to health problems and symptoms. Accordingly, Ayurvedic treatments aim to restore the balance between the doshas. A variety of methods such as diet, lifestyle changes, and herbal remedies, including Ayurvedic teas, can help with this.
The Kapha Dosha in the Ayurvedic System
Kapha is one of the three doshas in ancient Ayurvedic folk medicine, originating from India: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. At this, each dosha represents a combination of the five universal elements of the Ayurvedic world view: ether, air, fire, water and earth. In Ayurveda, Kapha corresponds to the elements earth and water and thereby with qualities such as stability, structure and lubrication. Accordingly, Kapha people allegedly have a strong and stable physical and emotional constitution and tend to have a character characterized by inner peace and stability.
On a physical level, this corresponds to a tendency towards a strong immune system and good stamina. Conversely, according to Ayurvedic belief, an imbalance of kapha can lead to obesity, constipation and lethargy. The goal of kapha balancing, therefore, is to increase exercise and reduce stagnation, both physically and mentally. At this, practices such as yoga or meditation – or enjoying Kapha tea – can prove to be beneficial.
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