Drink, cleanse and revitalise!

Hi there,

we are now in week two of the school half term holidays, and as usual, Aldeburgh is bustling. It’s so much fun meeting new people visiting our pretty coastline and watching them queue for our famous fish and chips! However, everyone I’ve met recently seems to be struggling with the first of the miserable winter colds, and these colds, whilst not awful are lingering and refusing to leave. So, my advice – try our Ayurveda teas.

Ayurvedic medicine is a form of Hindu traditional alternative medicine that I first came across when travelling in Southern India, here they were using packs of specially blended herbs for massage. In very basic shorthand, Ayurvedic medicine works by considering our relationship with the five classical elements – earth, wind, fire, water and ether. Much like our first dalliance with medicine and our relationship with the humours. Ayurveda also names seven tissues which work in conjunction with the elements; these are plasma, blood, muscles, fat, bone, marrow, and semen.  Apparently the body needs a balance of three elemental substances – vata, pitta and kapha. These are called Doshas. According to some understandings, everybody has a unique amount of Doshas within them and you need to modulate them in order to keep your body in its natural state of balance. The Doshas represent health, whereas imbalance causes disease. Modern readings of Ayurvedic medicine concentrate upon building and maintaining a good digestive tract and an appropriate metabolic rate which, with both of these being used well, leads to vitality and well being. Using meditation, yoga and exercise enhance your body’s ability to maintain balance. Most commonly, plant based foods are used as the basis for your body’s well being, this includes roots, leaves, fruits, barks and spices such as cardamom and cinnamon. And that my friends, is where our teas come into play.

The first tea that I’d like to introduce you to is our Balance Tea. This is an Ayurvedic herbal tea supporting the dosha ‘Pitta’ and is therefore soothing and balancing. A blend of cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, fennel, ginger, liquorice & rose leaves are used leaving it a soft and sweetly tasting tea with a subtle spiced overtone.Balance teaHow pretty is that tea? The second Ayurvedic tea I like to introduce you to is our Lemongrass and Ginger Tea. This tea supports the dosha ‘Vata’ which means that it is cooling whilst also refreshing our respiratory system. A subtle lemon sweetness characterises this blend, with a hint of fresh peppermint and spice from the pepper which allows this to be an interesting tea that combines traditional Indian teachings in a modern recipe. lemongrass and ginger tea

So, there you have it – if you’re feeling a bit blue from the start of the winter colds, it’s probably because you’re unbalanced! Come into the Cragg Sister’s Tearoom and we’ll sort you out with a pot of our Ayurvedic tea.

From Aldeburgh with Love, Emma X


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