Masala chai! The ever-favourite beverage of most Indian homes, an invigorating cup of this wonder chai is a fabulous way to get our day started.

A native to India and fast becoming popular across the globe, the tea leaves are brewed with aromatic spices and milk to bring an enticing flavour and taste to the tea.

The tea-lovers swear by this concoction and masala chai is available in many flavours to suit the taste and mood of the people.

Some of the favourite flavours are lemongrass, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, black pepper, star anise and ginger and many of these are available as separate masala tea powder in the market.

Each spice brings its unique flavour, taste, aroma and health benefits.
High in nutrition, taste and sheer happiness, masala chai has less than 100 calories, if made with moderate amounts of milk and sugar.
Additionally, masala tea has zero per cent fat if prepared without milk and sugar and can help in losing weight, without having to compromise on the taste.

Masala chai has been enhancing our health for a long time and is highly recommended in Ayurveda as a natural remedy for alleviating digestive issues.
Here are a few health benefits of masala tea, with each spice lending its own curative and health properties to the tea.

Health Benefits of Masala Chai

Helps in Digestion
Spices like cardamom (both black & green), clove and tulsi are medicinal in nature and are fantastic at improving digestion.
Ginger is another spice that is excellent at stimulating the digestive juices and has a soothing and calming effect on the body and mind.

Soothes Cold & Cough
The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of spices help the body fight cold and other mild respiratory problems.
Immunity-boosting spices like clove, ginger, and cinnamon are also remarkable at driving away a cough.
A hot cup of masala tea, with one of these spices or all mixed together, will give quick relief from a nagging cough or cold, or both!

Controls Bloating
Masala chai is phenomenal at boosting digestion. A poor and imbalanced diet ensures slow and poor digestion.
Spices like clove, lemongrass, cardamom, ginger, black pepper and cinnamon help in reducing flatulence as a result of poor eating habits, thus controlling bloating.
An efficient and healthy digestive tract will eventually lead to losing weight actually!

Boosts Immunity
Masala chai, in moderation, is excellent for boosting the immune system.
Cinnamon, cardamom, clove, nutmeg and ginger are all known for their antioxidant properties and their ability to strengthen the immune system to fight infections.
They help in building the body’s defence against attack by bacterial, viral and other infections.

Soothes Menstrual Cramps
A relatively lesser known health benefit of masala tea is that it is a natural and a highly effective way to get some relief from menstrual cramps.

The soothing and anti-inflammatory properties of ginger, cinnamon, lemongrass and clove calm the nerves and muscles, giving relief from the cramps.

These were but a few of the benefits of masala chai.

However, the fast paced life of today does not give us the time to source the best ingredients or even the energy to make these masalas home.
To keep adding value to our lives, Valley Spice has launched its range of masala chai, made with pure and authentic spices, for all the tea lovers out there.

The masala tea powder is available in five flavours and one can use each by itself or in combination with other flavours to suit one’s need or mood of the moment.

So, whether for taste, health or sheer pleasure, choose your flavour of the day and sip your way to good health and good times!

AUTHOR : Rohina Chawla