National Chai Day is celebrated on September 21 and it is a day held in appreciation of a globally healthy and beneficial drink. Chai, also referred to as Masala chai, is a sweet Indian tea beverage with a slight hint of spiciness, traditionally consisting of aromatic spices like cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pepper. National Chai Day officially commenced in 2018 and is said to have been founded by Somrus, the world’s first line of Indian liquors. There are several ways to enjoy chai, including having it iced, hot, or as part of a sumptuous dish.
History of National Chai Day
In many Asian countries, the word ‘chai’ means tea, but the actual chai drink did not contain tea from the onset. Masala chai, which translates to ‘mixed-spiced tea,’ is what we’ve come to know as chai. It is one remarkable drink that has now gained popularity across the world and is served in homes and coffee shops in different forms.
Although National Chai Day only dates back to September 21, 2018, the drink is said to have been created over 5,000 years ago, specifically for medicinal purposes and as a special tea for royalty. Its earliest version was only a mixture of spices but without tea leaves. Over the years, it has grown to be loved by people worldwide and taken in various forms, including with the addition of leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant, along with milk and sweetener by the British during their occupation of India during the colonial era.
Today, chai is well known for the many benefits it provides the body – a direct effect of its constituents. These constituents and their health benefits include black pepper and ginger, which aid digestion, cloves that help to relieve abdominal pain, cardamom, which helps elevate one’s mood, and cinnamon, which promotes the health of the lung and heart.
National Chai Day timeline
Chai is introduced in Asia as a herbal drink and special treat for royalty.
Chai drinks begin to gain popularity across the countries of the world.
Milk and sweetener are added to the drink by the British during their colonial rule in India.
National Chai Day is created to celebrate the special and beneficial drink.
National Chai Day FAQs
Is chai tea a laxative?
Chai spices enhance the digestive activities of the stomach and intestines. Hence, its functioning enables it to act as a natural laxative when taken in large quantities.
What is the best time to drink chai?
You can take chai at any time of the day. However, it is best suitable to have it in the morning or after lunch to optimize the stimulating effects it gives while you’re awake and active.
Is chai tea good for the skin?
Drinking chai tea will help reduce skin inflammation and soothe irritations resulting from conditions such as eczema or acne. It also contributes to the enhancement of blood flow around the skin and ultimately boosts its glow.
How To Celebrate and Participate in National Chai Day
Brew your own chai
Teaspoons of ground cardamom, cinnamon, ginger cloves, and allspice, together with milk, sugar, or honey, are about all the basic ingredients you need to make your very own chai to taste. Simply combine them, mix well and add water at your preferred temperature to the mix.
Enjoy chai with others
Drinks are best enjoyed when taken with friends and family. Sit around a table to converse, or a TV to watch a movie together with your people as you take delicious sips from your cup of chai.
Tell others about the benefits of chai
Write a blog, share a post, talk directly to someone or use whatever medium you have to communicate the numerous benefits this unique drink provides. They’ll surely appreciate it.
5 Facts About Chai Latte That Will Interest You
It is a special brew of chai
Made by mixing steamed milk with black tea that has been infused with spices.
A healthier alternative to coffee
Chai latte contains fewer calories and offers more health benefits.
Great source of antioxidants
Chai latte contains catechins and theaflavins that help combat oxidative stress and keep one active.
Assists with weight loss
The drink helps increase metabolism and breakdown of fat.
It is enjoyed without sugar
It has a great taste without the addition of sugar.
Why We Love National Chai Day
Chai has great taste
With the mixture of unique spices and the addition of sugar, honey, or milk, chai provides your taste buds with a pleasurable feeling. Its taste is undeniably special and leaves you longing for more.
It provides many health benefits
Improvement of brain functioning, relieving stress, and preventing cardiovascular disease are among the many other benefits of chai. Now, who wouldn’t want all that?!
It relaxes the body
There are only so many drinks that can offer the calming effects Chai gives. It does this while at the same time energizing one’s body system.
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