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  • At the heart of every loving Indian home, is 'Chai'. Chai connects us to one another, in sad and happy times; in moments of celebrations and triumph. It has a deeper place in our hearts than we can understand.

    This combo includes some of the finest of Zizira's gifts from the Northeast.

    What is Classic Masala Chai?

    Classic Masala chai is a natural blend that will help you create the perfect cup of masala tea, without worrying about which spices or at what quantity to add them. These spices not only add aroma and taste to the chai, but they also help you deal with a common seasonal illness like cold, cough and sore throat.

    What Are the Ingredients in Classic Masala Chai?

    This blend is a combination of amazing ingredients that are directly and traditionally sourced from our farmers. It consists of classic ingredients such as Black tea, lemongrass, bay leaf, ginger, and black pepper.

    Black tea- Tea comes from the plant Camellia sinensis. It is one of the most loved beverages in the entire world. It is believed to have originated in China but around 80% of people from around the world consume it daily.

    In ancient times, border trade between China, Tibet, and other neighbouring countries fermented tea, dried them and pressed them into bricks to be used as currency.

    The difference between the different teas is the processing method. During the processing of black tea, it is fermented and oxidized. The oxidation level in the tea gives it its unique flavour and colour ranging from amber to dark brown with a savoury to sweet taste.

    Black tea is rich in antioxidants known as polyphenols and catechins. The compounds that it contains are loaded with a wide range of health benefits. It is stronger, bolder, and more oxidized and thus more beneficial.

    Black tea also has caffeine content in it which is around 42 mg in a single cup serving.

    Lemongrass: Scientifically known as Cymbopogan citratus. It is also known as barbed wire grass, silky heads, cochin grass, Malabar grass. Lemongrass is an aromatic plant that yields aromatic oils. Its name is derived from the lemon-like odour shoots.

    Due to its ability to reduce fever, it is also known as “fever grass”. It is one of the herbs to travel along the spice route from Asia to Europe. Lemongrass oil is known as Cochin oil since 90% of it is shipped from Cochin port.

    Bay leaf: The Indian bay leaf is scientifically known as Cinnamomum tamala or tej patta in Hindi. Originated in the southern slopes of the Himalayas, they are also found growing in Nepal, Bhutan, Burma and the North-Eastern hills of India.

    It is an endemic spice in most Indian cuisines from savoury to sweet dishes due to its distinctive fragrance and flavour. However, it is also well-known for the medicinal properties it possesses.

    Presence of various nutrients and minerals such as Vitamin A and C along with folic acid (a type of vitamin B) makes it a highly beneficial herb. If the leaves are eaten whole, they are pungent and have a sharp bitter taste. Its fragrance is more noticeable than its taste which when dried, it gives out a herbal and slightly floral fragrance which is due to the presence of essential oils like Myrcene and Eugenol in it.

    Ginger: Ginger is one of the healthiest spices in the world. Renowned for its taste elevating properties and is a must-have in Asian cooking. It is loaded with essential nutrients and bioactive components that have powerful benefits for the body.

    People have been using ginger for cooking as well as medicines since ancient times. Unique fragrance and flavour of this spice come from its natural oils, gingerol. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound that is responsible for many of its medicinal properties. It provides powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and is a popular home remedy for nausea, stomach disorders and various other health issues.

    Black pepper: Known as the king of spice as it is widely loved and extensively used by people all over the world. Black pepper’s signature aroma originates from the berries of the tropical Piper nigrum vine, one among the thousand species of the Piperaceae family.

    Black pepper is more than just a kitchen staple but is used medicinally in ancient medicines. It has active component piperine which does all the magic!

    It is responsible for all the health benefits that it provides and is also an essential component that enhances curcumin absorption and activates it up to 2,000%. It works by supporting the gastrointestinal tract and the immune system.

    What Is the Shelf-life of Classic Masala Chai?

    Our Classic Masala chai can last for twelve months if it is properly stored. The blend does not get spoilt, but it will start to lose its potency with time and will not flavour or show its benefits as intended when it exceeds the period of twelve months.

    How to Store This Chai?

    Here is a simple way to follow in order to keep this Classic Masala Chai fresh for a longer duration.

    Store it away from direct sunlight, stoves, ovens, and do not keep it on the top of a refrigerator because the heat emitted from them causes the blend to lose its flavour and strength.

    What is Mawsynram Honey?

    Natural honey that is directly collected from the dense forests of Mawsynram where the flora is in abundance. Our Mawsynram honey is provided to us by our partnered beekeeper, Kong Elvira who hails from Thieddieng village in Mawsynram.

    How Are the Bees Reared?

    The people in the village use traditional beehives to rear the bees. They make use of wooden logs called ‘Ksing’ where the bees reside. The bees are collected from the dense forests and are kept inside the ‘Ksing’ for a few months.

    The beehives are checked from time to time to ensure that they are busy and working and that the surrounding area is clean and healthy.

    Besides the traditional beehive or ‘Ksing’, boxes that are provided by the government are also used but they are not that durable so, Kong Elvira have constructed cement covers for the boxes that last them for many years.

    Where Do Bees Collect Their Nectar From?

    There are a variety of flowers that grows in the forests that the bees love as they provide enough nectar to them. There is a flower known as “syntiew ngap” that the bees love to feed on during the summers. Apart from these flowers, there are also plenty of orange trees and chestnut trees around the forest that the bees love to collect their nectar from.

    Why Does the Texture of the Honey Differ With Every Batch?

    The colour and texture of the honey depend on different seasons, the pollen, and different flowers that the bees collect the honey from and also on the age of the honeycomb. Usually, the honey collected during the month of May is lighter in colour while the honey collected in November is thicker and has a more brownish-orange colour.

    Why Does Pure Raw Honey Undergo Crystallization Process?

    If your honey bottle is solidified or has a creamy texture. It means you are witnessing a natural process called “Crystallization” which is perfectly normal for raw and pure honey.

    It is a natural and uncontrolled process that happens when the glucose (or sugar content) in honey loses water and takes the form of crystals which is due to change in temperature.

    Other kinds of honey that are available in the market undergo a heating process known as pasteurization to maintain the consistency of the honey. This method can make it stay liquified for a long period, but it reduces the nutrients in it. So, observing a sign of crystallization in your honey indicates that it is not processed and is raw.

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    Has crystallization of honey ever bothered you? Well, here's good news- if your honey crystallizes, it's real and good.👌 The crystallization process is natural. Pure, raw and unheated honey has a natural tendency to crystallize over time with no effect on the honey other than color and texture. It primarily happens because of a drop in temperature. It crystallizes at temperatures below 10 degree Celsius.☁️ At low temperatures the Glucose present in honey undergoes precipitation which leads to crystallization.❄️ So, storage is the key if you want to maintain the liquid state. Pollens also play a role as it provides the layer on which the formation of crystals takes place.🌺 Today, honey is processed so as to let go with the crystallization. But, that also does away with the goodness of honey! So, choose raw honey, and be happy if it crystallizes because that's the real test of goodness.🐝 . . . . #honeyhealth #honeybenefits #naturalhoney #organichoney #rawhoney #crystallizedhoney #honeywellbeing #honeygoodness

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    How to Decrystallize Honey?

    To turn your crystallized honey into liquid again, a gentle heat technique is followed.

    1. Boil water in a container and remove it from the heat.
    2. Place the jar of honey in it making sure the water does not reach the top of the jar.
    3. The honey slowly liquefies. Repeat the process if the honey is still solidified.
    4. The jar can also be kept under the sun until it liquefies.

    Note: It is not recommended to microwave raw honey or to put it in direct heat as this may destroy some of its essential nutrients.

    What Is the Shelf-life of Mawsynram Honey?

    Mawsynram raw honey does not expire but the crystallization process can change the colour and taste of the honey which is a natural process that can easily be resolved.

    Flavour

    Our Classic Masala Chai is known for its strong and pleasant flavours and this blend can be included in the daily diet because of the many benefits it has. It is a perfect tea blend that is a must-have in every household. This blend will transform your simple tea into a beautiful yet extremely beneficial healthy beverage.

    The brownish-green powder is loaded with the goodness of natural ingredients that makes your tea rich and appealing. You will be delighted by the pleasant aroma it produces once you open the container and the aroma sizzles in the air and lingers in the mouth.

    This amazing chai has a delicious flavorful taste and the feeling that accompanies with it is exceptionally satisfying.

    A classic chai that can be enjoyed all the year-round and is a perfect drink to relish during a cold rainy day.

    Our Mawsynram Honey has a beautiful golden-brown colour with a smooth and thick consistency. It is extremely flavorful with a mild citrus flavour filled with a refreshing aroma.

    Why This Product?

    Classic Masala Chai is packed with components that are overloaded with medicinal bioactive compounds such as gingerol, piperine, and polyphenols that are beneficial in keeping our body healthy.

    Our team travels to the most isolated and remote villages to source the best ingredients. This blend has been formulated by combining the goodness of natural ingredients possessing a milder yet delicious flavour that has been well chosen by our ethical farmers.

    The Extra Mile

    • Knowing where our ingredients come from- We deeply care about where each and every ingredient we use comes from. Over the years our team has been able to build up relations with the ethical farmers of Meghalaya and what is important is that we give importance to providing pure and safe products to our customers.
    • Evaluation of ingredients- To provide our customers with the best products, we make sure to select the absolute best ingredients with maximum quality. Both our team and our farmer partners share the same mission and we prioritize on the long-term health of the land. The land is free from all unwanted artificial additives such as pesticides, chemical fertilizers and insecticides resulting in safe and pure ingredients.
    • Product safety- In the processing of food, we are aware of hazards that can creep in. We do not take chances with any kind of hazard – physical, chemical or biological. We take every necessary precaution to control them at every critical point in our food processing facility. That is what we are doing with every new harvest of each and every ingredient that we use.
    • Credible, Safe and Wholesome- We follow a similar process for all of Zizira's products. Credible, high standard quality maintenance without excuses. We understand that the choices we make and who we work with, partner with, what and how we serve can make a difference. We believe that our continued effort and diligent work will contribute to the health of our customers, to the prosperity of the farmers as they revive and regenerate traditional farming practices.

    What is Special About Mawsynram Honey?

    Zizira’s Mawsynram Honey is pure, natural, raw, and unprocessed. It has been tested free of artificial additives, colouring agents or preservative. Its colour & flavour depends directly on the source (various flowers) of the nectar.

    Obtained from the traditional beekeepers of Meghalaya with years of indigenous knowledge, Zizira's pure Mawsynram Honey is obtained from sun-soaked pollens and nectar collected by bees during summers and winters.

    The beekeepers plant the flowers that the bees love or place the hive in a habitat filled with a variety of flowers and trees. Hence the flavour of this honey comes from these flowers that grow naturally around the bee's nest.

    Rainfall and micro-climate affect the flowers growing every season which gives the honey a unique identity.

    Local folks from Meghalaya love this honey for its delightful taste and for its multiple all-around uses.

  • Health Benefits

    Our Classic Masala Chai has a wide variety of active components from the different ingredients. These ingredients also come with maximum health benefits. Some of its health benefits are as follows:

    1. Has antioxidant properties: Antioxidant is known to be responsible for keeping the body healthy. Its consumption may help in the removal of free radicals which cause damage of cells which ultimately helps in decreasing the risk of rare diseases. The polyphenols including catechins are the main source of antioxidants in black tea that promotes the overall health. Other ingredients such as ginger, lemongrass, and black pepper are also rich in antioxidants that help in keeping the body free from free radicals.
    2. May protect against Heart diseases: Black tea contains another type of antioxidant called flavonoids in it which may improve the function or health of the thin membrane that covers the inner layer of the heart and blood vessels. This membrane is responsible for regulating blood pressure. When the function of this membrane lowers, it leads to an increased risk of heart diseases. It also lowers the LDL (low - density lipoprotein) which is considered to be bad cholesterol as it transports cholesterol to the different cells all over the body. Too much of LDL in the body leads to the formation of plaque (waxy deposits) that can lead to heart failure and stroke. Thus, black tea protects the heart against this function and reduces the risk of heart diseases.
    3. May improve gut health: It is found in studies that some types of bacteria are present in the gut that plays an important role in our health. While some of these bacteria are also harmful. The good bacteria act by reducing the risk of certain health conditions like inflammatory bowel diseases. The polyphenols that are present in the black tea helps in maintaining a healthy gut by promoting the growth of these good bacteria and inhibiting the bad ones. The antimicrobial properties of black tea and other ingredients in masala chai helps in destroying the harmful substances and further improve the bacteria of the gut as well as it helps in repairing the lining of the digestive tract.
    4. May help reduce blood pressure: High blood pressure is the main reason that affects almost billions of people around the world. It leads to an increase in the risk of various rare diseases. By drinking black tea along with other herbs and spices that are present in this chai helps in decreasing the systolic (amount of pressure in the arteries) and diastolic (blood pressure when the heart muscle is between beats) blood pressure. Drinking this masala chai on a daily basis as well as incorporating a healthy lifestyle may benefit those with high blood pressure.
    5. Helps in reducing inflammation: Ginger contains phytonutrients that may help in reducing the cell damage and prevents inflammation by reducing the activity of cell-signalling. Without inflammation in the body, bacteria and germs can easily take over the body and lead to chronic diseases. Therefore, whatever substance that can help in treating chronic inflammation is of utmost importance. Piperine an anti-inflammatory compound also helps in reducing the inflammation in the body.
    6. May improve focus: This blend has black tea in it which contains caffeine and amino acids that helps in improving alertness and focus. The amino acids increase the alpha activity in the brain which results in relaxation and better focus. Consumption of this chai significantly increases the accuracy and alertness which further improves the energy and focus.
    7. Prevents cold and nasal congestion: The different properties such as anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial present in the ingredients of masala chai helps in preventing colds and nasal congestion. The immunity-boosting ginger will help in keeping cough away. Overall, this tea will help in keeping you healthy by boosting immunity.
    8. Improves digestion: Just like any other warm concoctions, masala chai is excellent in regulating the digestive system and keeps the gut healthy. The strong spices in it like ginger and black pepper are highly responsible for producing digestive enzymes that help in speeding up the digestive processes and helps in breaking down fats and proteins in the body.
    9. Boosts metabolism: Having an active and good metabolism is directly associated with weight loss but having a good metabolism also helps the body to digest and use food more effectively. Masala chai is known to generate heat and thus helps in speeding up the metabolism.
    10. Helps in alleviating Nausea: This blend has ginger in it which is known for its ability to reduces nausea and has been traditionally utilized in treating various common ailments like seasickness or morning sickness during pregnancy. The compounds such as gingerol and shogaol are important as they have an anti-inflammatory effect that helps in soothing upset stomach and eliminates stomach pain that is associated with nausea.

    Health Benefits of Mawsynram Honey

    1. A good source of antioxidants: It contains many plant chemicals that act as antioxidants. These antioxidants help in protecting the cells of the body from getting damaged. Consuming antioxidant-rich foods may help in reducing the risk of rare diseases.
    2. Antibacterial and antifungal properties: These properties in it helps in killing unwanted bacteria that enters the body. It contains a substance in it that acts as an antiseptic.
    3. Helps in healing wounds: Raw honey is effective in killing germs and aid in repairing tissues. It will enhance the healing time and lower risk of infections.
    4. Soothes sore throat: It is an old remedy that helps in relieving sore throat. It also helps in suppressing cough.
    5. Treating diarrhoea: Raw honey helps in reducing the symptoms of diarrhoea as it soothes the effect of digestions. It will help in treating mild diarrhoea in both children and adults. It helps in nourishing the good bacteria that are present in the intestines which are not only beneficial for digestion but our overall health.
    6. Useful in weight management: Honey may help in burning out body fats even while sleeping. It will help in increasing the metabolism which in turn helps in reducing weight.
    7. Protecting the brain: Honey has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory activities in it that is beneficial for the brain. It protects it from damage caused by exposure to lead and some of the constituents in it also helps in fighting inflammation in the brain.
    8. Nutritious: Honey contains various nutrients in it that make it a healthy addition to your diet. The nutrition in it varies with the environments and depends on the types of flowers the bees collect their nectar from. But it still contains healthy compounds such as amino acids, antioxidants, and vitamins in it. Honey also contains natural sugars which makes it a healthier option than sugar.
    9. Increase athletic performance: Honey is good or is even better than glucose, sugar, or water in boosting the energy of athletes. It helps in maintaining glycogen (helps in storing energy) levels and helps in improving recovery time as compared to other sweeteners.
    10. Honey is better than sugar for diabetics: Honey increases blood sugar levels less as compared to sugar and it may also lower inflammation, fat levels and bad cholesterol, it is possibly a healthier option for people with diabetes but it should still be consumed with caution.


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    Most of us love honey, it is sweet, tasty and full of incredible healing benefits. Honey is unlike sugar, artificial sweeteners or syrups, it is loaded with nutrition. . . Honey is rich in natural minerals and vitamins that include vitamin B complex, Vitamins E and C. . . So what exactly are these health benefits of honey? . . ✔Honey is an energy booster: Honey is rich in carbohydrates, providing 17 grams of carbs per tablespoon. You can use honey in tea or fruit smoothies for a quick energy boost in the morning . . . ✔Honey is an anti-bacterial: According to studies, honey bees add enzymes that makes hydrogen peroxide. You can use it to heal wounds and cuts. . . ✔Honey is a natural skin healer: The moisture in honey will help heal your skin by protecting it from dirt. It is also effective for healing acne and scars. You can use honey as a face mask or an exfoliating scrub. After applying it to your skin, you can wash your face with water to get rid of all the dirt. . . ✔Honey for healing cough: Honey can be used as a natural remedy to combat cough symptoms and sore throat. Use honey with warm water and lemon to soothe your throat. . . ✔Honey is an anti-allergen:Natural honey contains traces of pollen which is why it acts as a natural vaccine and the body gets immunity. This allows the body to build a defense system against pollens. If you are suffering from a runny nose, itchy and watery eyes or itchy throat, you can start the healing process by taking a spoonful of honey. How do you use honey daily?😊

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  • Uses

    Our Classic Masala chai can be simply mixed in for a burst of aroma and flavour.

    Here is a simple way to make it.

    1. Add a cup of water and a cup of milk to a container and bring it to a boil.
    2. Add a teaspoon of this blend to it or more if you like it strong and keep boiling.
    3. After a few minutes, you will see a beautiful dark colour oozing out with an amazing aroma.
    4. Turn off the heat and strain it in a cup.
    5. Add your choice of sweetener if you prefer sweetness.
    6. Enjoy this spiced tea at any time of the day

    Here Are 10 Ways You Can Use Mawsynram Honey

    1. Honey citrus syrups for soothing sore throat and cold- Mix a tablespoon of honey and half a teaspoon of lemon juice together and consume it daily for soothing sore throat and cold.
    2. Ginger honey for stomach issues- Mix a tablespoon of honey with half a teaspoon of ginger powder or ginger juice together. You can add this to your teas or consume it directly to get relief from stomach issues.
    3. Honey as a moisturizer for cracked heels- Warm two tablespoons of honey and add one tablespoon of milk to it. Gently mix it and add 1 teaspoon of orange juice/lemon juice to it. Mix it properly and apply it on the affected area massaging it for a few minutes and leaving it for 45 minutes and rinse. Do this twice a day for better results.
    4. Honey and brown sugar for dry skin- The texture of brown sugar makes it ideal for the removal of dead skin. Mix 1 teaspoon of brown sugar with a tablespoon of honey along with a few drops of olive oil/coconut oil to it. Apply this mixture on your skin and gently massage for a few minutes. Rinse it off with warm water.
    5. Honey and coconut water for sore muscles- Coconut water helps in dehydration which is the main reason for sore muscles. Adding a teaspoon of honey to it with a few drops of lemon juice will increase the effect of coconut juice and helps in overcoming dehydration.
    6. Honey and turmeric for oral ulcers- Mixing a teaspoon of honey and ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder together and applying this mixture to sore gums may help in relieving it from pain.
    7. Honey mask for oily hair- This mask incorporates an egg yolk and a tablespoon of honey. Mix them together and apply this all over your hair from roots to tips. Leave it for 1 hour and rinse it with warm water.
    8. Honey spread- Snack it from the jar and use it as a spread on bread, buns, or slices of cakes.
    9. Honey drizzle- Drizzle the honey over your favourite desserts and fruits.
    10. Honey as a sweetener- Add a teaspoon of honey as a natural sweetener in your favourite drinks such as juices, golden milk, coffee or teas.

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