"Legend and lore suggest chai tea was invented by a royal king in India who kept his recipe undisclosed and sacred. In fact, chai tea is a product of Ayurveda, a science of India that dates as far back as five thousand years. Chai does not refer to a particular type of tea, but the manner in which it is prepared and served, with milk/cream and honey/sugar.
Traditionally each family would have their own recipe of herbs and spices to mix and boil with tea leaves. This recipe was based on available ingredients and the constitutions of family members. Typically, this is a highly potent blend that has myriad medicinal and health-promoting properties. Among the benefits of consuming chai regularly are increased digestive fire, a soothed and relaxed digestive tract, increased waste and toxin excretion, elevated metabolism, and decreased appetite.”
– Excerpt from an Article posted on the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Blog, July 24, 2014.