Tea is an ancient beverage. It is believed that tea basically originated in oriental cold countries like Japan or China. However, 5000 years old Ayurvedic text describes the preparation of various types of herbal teas for general and medicinal uses.

In Ayurveda pharmacology, tea is referred to by the name of “fant”. “Fant” is a preparation where a herb or spice is mixed in boiling water and covered for some time to extract its aroma and the medicinal properties.

It is important that the aromatic herbs and spices are not boiled for a long time. Sometimes, people are not aware of the “fant” preparation method and they confuse it with another ayurvedic medicinal preparation called “kwath” or “kada”. It is a decoction of the medicinal herbs and it is prepared after boiling the herbal mixture for a fairly long time, sometimes till the time approx. half of the water evaporates. However, “fant” or tea preparation is completely different. Here the boiling water is taken out of the fire and the herbal mix is allowed to just sit in the hot water for a small duration of the time, approx. 2-3 min. after that the herbal mix is drained to make the tea. Similar processes are followed in traditional tea making ceremonies in countries like Japan.

In India, we have a notion of boiling tea endlessly, till the time it becomes a kind of “kada”. This kind of tea is actually harmful to consume. Intense boiling temperature kills the essential oils naturally present in the aromatic herbs, thus nullifying the health benefits of the herbal teas. Therefore it is crucial to religiously follow the tea making procedure to ensure that you get the real benefits of the medicinal herbs.

While preparing the tea, it is important to use the herbs either in the form of powder, paste or chopped form. This will ensure a larger surface area for faster infusion of the medicinal components of the herbs in the hot water.

Here we will be discussing some of the Ayurvedic recipes of herbal tea. There are 3 different kinds of body temperaments or prakrati according to Ayurveda. The requirements of each body type are distinct and special in their own way. Therefore we have described 3 categories of tea, suitable for all the 3 kinds of prakrati or body type.

Fant: Ayurvedic Tea Recipes

Vata Dosha – Vata has the primary feature of having a drying effect. Vata controls all mobility and nervous responses of the body. Therefore Ayurvedic teas prescribed for vata are very useful for general consumption by vata prakrati person in case of nervous disorders like joint pain, body pain, head ache, sprain, migraine, paraplegia etc.

Vata Tea recipe 1

Ingredients (serves 1 person)
1 cup boiling water
Black pepper powder – 1 pinch
Black cardamom powder – 1 pinch
Sugar/jaggery according to taste

Take a cup of boiling water and mix the above ingredients. Cover the lid and keep it closed for 2-3 min.

Since the amount of spices is very low, there is no requirement to drain the liquid. However, you may choose to drain and drink the tea.

Vata Tea recipe 2

Ingredients (serves 1 person)
1 cup boiling water
Black pepper powder – 1 pinch
Dry Ginger powder – 1 pinch
Sugar/jaggery according to taste
Take a cup of boiling water and mix the above ingredients. Cover the lid and keep it closed for 2-3 min.

Pitta Tea recipe 1

Ingredients (serves 1 person)
1 cup boiling water
Cardamom (chotti elaichi) powder – 1 pinch
Dalchini powder – 1 pinch
Fennel (saunf) powder – 1 pinch
Sugar/jaggery according to taste
Take a cup of boiling water and mix the above ingredients. Cover the lid and keep it closed for 2-3 min.

Pitta Tea recipe 2

Ingredients (serves 1 person)
1 cup boiling water
Mint leaves – 5-6 leaves chopped
Javitri powder – 1 pinch
Lemon grass powder – ½ tsp
Anise – 1 star
Sugar/jaggery according to taste
Take a cup of boiling water and mix the above ingredients. Cover the lid and keep it closed for 2-3 min. Anise can be dried and used again for the tea purpose.

Pitta Tea recipe 3

Ingredients (serves 1 person)
1 cup boiling water
Plain tea leaves – ¼ tsp
Lemon juice – 2-3 drops
Black salt – 1 pinch
Sugar/jaggery according to taste
Take a cup of boiling water and mix the above ingredients. Cover the lid and keep it closed for 2-3 min.

Kapha Tea recipe 1

Ingredients (serves 1 person)
1 cup boiling water
Clove powder/paste – 1-2 cloves
Roasted Turmeric powder– 1 pinch
Black pepper powder – 1 pinch
Sugar/jaggery according to taste

Take a cup of boiling water and mix the above ingredients. Cover the lid and keep it closed for 2-3 min. Turmeric powder should be slightly roasted in ghee till it becomes golden yellow in colour. Raw turmeric is difficult to digest, therefore please use roasted turmeric powder only.

Kapha Tea recipe 2

Ingredients (serves 1 person)
1 cup boiling water
Tulsi leaves – 5-6 leaves chopped
Black pepper powder – 1 pinch
Sugar/jaggery according to taste
Take a cup of boiling water and mix the above ingredients. Cover the lid and keep it closed for 2-3 min.

Note:

Jaggery is a better choice for tea as compared to sugar because the rate of glucose release of jaggery is lower than that of sugar. Therefore jaggery is natural choice for the diabetics.

Sugar should be the first choice for pitta prakrati people as it has a cooling temperament. Jaggery is comparatively hot in nature and therefore should be avoided by pitta prakrati people.

Honey also can be used in tea. However, according to Ayurveda, honey should never be consumed in the heated form. Therefore honey can be used best for normal temperature tea.

Tea should always be consumed hot or luke-warm for vata and Kapha prakrati people. It can be consumed at normal temperature for pitta prakrati person if he/she faces immediate sweating after consumption.

All the above combinations can be used by all people depending on the seasonal changes. For example Kapha tea can be used by all people in the winter as it will help them to warm up. Pitta tea can be used by everyone in the summer and vata tea can be used by all in the rainy season.

Hope you enjoy the various teas described above and have a happy, healthy life!

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