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Is your pick-me-up a cup of chai? Do you head to the herb cabinet for some garlic when you’re feeling flu-ish? Does your mom’s nagging come to mind when you put a pinch of turmeric into your cup of warm milk? If your answer is yes for even one of the above, then chances are, you’re already practising Ayurveda.

Ayurve-wha? It is only the world’s oldest system of holistic medicine that has a longer history than traditional Chinese medicine. The idea of Ayurveda was born over 5000 years and it is the sister science of yoga. The two are often practised together for a better mind-body balance. In fact, Ayurveda is Sanskrit for ‘the knowledge of life’. Devout followers believe that the route to wellness is to have a full and intimate knowledge of your life. Everything is interconnected, from our digestion to our dreams and hopes.

Not sure where to start? Peek into your pantry, and you’ll be surprised to know that some of your everyday groceries are, in fact, Ayurvedic staples. Learn more below!

Turmeric

Aspiring yogis, take note! Consumption of turmeric was first advocated by yogis who claimed it enhanced flexibility and joint integrity. Recent studies found that the bright yellow plant also help purifies the blood and the channels of the body. It improves the skin's complexion, bringing circulation and nutrition to the epidermal layer. Its anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants makes it the ingredient of choice for acne-prone skin. Is it any wonder people call turmeric the spice of life?

How to have it: Take a pinch or any desired amount of turmeric powder into stir-fries for an earthy flavour. Another great way to use it is to add it into how milk and drink with honey before you hit the sack.

Cardamom

Do you remember the little seed pods you bite into when you chow down on a plate of Indian biryani? These are cardamom seeds - one of the most common ingredients in Indian cuisine. It is a natural tranquiliser, bringing you calm that helps to increase the clarity of your mind. This wonder herb also neutralises the acidity of coffee. So here’s a perfect excuse to order some masala chai after lunch!

How to have it: Add the pods or powder to brew coffee or tea to bring out that spicy flavour. You can also boil it in warm milk before bed.

Ginger

Ginger is no stranger to most Singaporeans, who probably have consumed it in chicken rice, xiao long bao or in other foods. But did you know that it’s also an Ayurvedic staple? As a powerful anti-inflammatory herb, ginger soothes and heals the digestive tract. Thus, ginger tea is also often prescribed as a home remedy for stomach issues. Some studies have suggested the herb may have the potential to be a preventative ingredient against colon cancer and ovarian cancer. What can’t this herb do?

How to have it: Grate some ginger into your black tea during the day, or boil ginger in warm milk before bed. As a start, you can try our Ginger Rooibos tea for a midday boost.

Mint

Your bathroom is probably filled with mint-related products. But did you know that mint is also a great palate cleanser? It promotes digestion and soothes the stomach in case of indigestion or inflammation. It is also a lifesaver for people with nausea or motion sickness. Mint leaves or pudina also have antibacterial properties, which fight against harmful microbes in the body.

How to have it: Crush fresh mint leaves into your iced tea, or dab some peppermint oil onto your temples. You can also try our Blue Ocean tea which has a rich minty flavour along with a ton of antioxidants from the butterfly pea.

Rose

It’s no coincidence that rose is associated with love and caring in Ayurveda. With its cooling nature, rose governs the emotions of the heart and calmness of the mind. People have historically consumed rose petals to improve cardiovascular health, fight inflammation, improve circulation and reduce blood pressure. For ladies, rose serves additional benefits as it combats stress, menstrual pain, and insomnia.

How to have it: Have a cup of rose tea as you wind down for the day. You can try our Signature Rose Paradise tea, which features a blend of rose petals, hibiscus and strawberry. It’s a favourite of people who like their teas subtle and fragrant!

Ginger, an aromatic and spicy root, has been used throughout time in various cultures. Ayurverda often refers to this root as a universal medicine while Chinese medicine believes ginger restores Yang or hot energy.

With a host of powerful healing abilities, there’s hardly any reason not to add ginger tea into your routine!

1.Treats nausea & vomiting

If you experience motion sickness on your journeys, try having a cup of organic  ginger tea before your flight or drive. Ginger tea has been used to settle a variety of stomach problems like morning sickness and stomach ache for thousands of years for good reason. The ability of ginger to soothe a troubled stomach makes it a great travel companion the next time you feel nauseous!

2.Improves digestion

No one enjoys going to bed feeling bloated. A cup of ginger tea before sleep can solve this as it relieves gas, ensuring you wake up feeling refreshed!

Ginger tea can also be a natural remedy for other more serious digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Ginger can help soothe your digestive system during a flare-up, easing any painful symptoms you may experience. The versatility of ginger to treat a whole host of digestive problems makes it a great natural remedy to a troubled stomach!

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3.Reduces inflammation

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger tea is an ideal home remedy to cure any muscle and joint pains. If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or any inflammation of the joints, ginger can help reduce swelling within sore muscles and joints. The next time you experience sore muscles or joints, reach out for ginger tea to relieve pain naturally.

4.Cure for the common cold

The common cold often comes with sore throat, coughing and a runny nose- Nothing ginger can’t cure! This root contain antiviral properties that help clear any nasal congestion and relieve pain. If you’re down with a common cold, ginger tea can help soothe and ensure you make a speedy recovery!

 

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5.Improves blood circulation

The active compounds found in ginger help improve blood circulation thus, preventing chills, excessive perspiration and fever. Drinking organic ginger also goes a long way in preventing cardiovascular diseases.

6.Treats menstrual pain

If your period pains often leave you curled up in a ball, try ginger tea for a natural pain relief. Soak a towel in steaming ginger tea and apply it to your lower abdomen. This will help your abdominal muscles relax, providing instant relief. While you’re relaxing, treat yourself to a cup of ginger tea with lemon or honey to mask the strong taste.

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7.Boosts your immune system

Drinking a cup of organic ginger tea regularly will help keep you healthy due to its rich amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants are vital in ensuring your immune system is strong enough to ward off any sickness.

8.Protects against Alzheimer’s disease

In a study where 60 middle-aged women were given ginger extract or a placebo, researchers found those that consumed ginger experienced an improvement in working memory. Ginger is capable of enhancing memory and brain function, guarding against Alzheimer’s Disease. Some studies attribute ginger’s ability to prevent age-related decline in brain function due to its potential to fight inflammatory responses that occur in the brain.

9.Helps with weight loss

If you need help shedding those extra pounds, try adding organic ginger tea into your daily routine. This quality tea can help speed up metabolism, increasing the amount of calories burnt. Ginger can also keep hunger pangs at bay by making you feel satiated for longer, preventing you from over-eating.

10.Post-workout fuel to relieve muscle soreness

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger can help soothe any muscle soreness after exercise. In a study where participants were given either raw ginger, heated ginger or a placebo after intense exercise, researchers found those that took ginger felt less pain than the others. If your workouts leave you feeling sore, treat yourself to ginger for a tasty reward that is sure to help your body recover faster.

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With this range for health benefits, it’s no surprise ginger has been used throughout millennia as an ingredient in natural remedies. Why not treat yourself to a brew of this tea and experience the benefits for yourself?

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