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Zizira Bay Leaf Turmeric Chai from Meghalaya 50g

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  • Seasons keep changing and with it, our body's immunity struggles to keep up. You catch a cold, flu, fever and the list keep going.

    We have formulated an all plant-based Bay leaf turmeric chai for you to help your body heal naturally. Vibrant and delicious to taste, having a cup of our chai will boost your immunity and keep you relaxed.

    What is Bay Leaf Chai?

    This blend is a combination of amazing ingredients that are directly and traditionally sourced from our farmers. It consists of our very own Lakadong turmeric, Bay leaf, Black pepper, Ginger and Green Tea.

    Lakadong Turmeric- Lakadong Turmeric is a special variety of turmeric from a place called ‘Lakadong’, in Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya. It is known for its medicinal qualities as the Curcumin content in it is between 7 to 12.32% (last tested in 2020), which is one of the highest, as against 2 to 3% in most varieties of turmeric. Curcumin in it is responsible for its bright yellowish-orange colour along with its incredible medicinal properties. This component also determines its valve. So, the higher the curcumin level the higher the value.

    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.

    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 emanates 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.

    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.

    Green Tea- Green tea is an indigenous plant of China and India. It has been acknowledged and consumed for the many health benefits it has. Green tea is one of the healthiest beverage one can have. It got its name from the beautiful emerald green colour that evolves when brewed. The basic reason as to why green tea has more health benefits than black tea is mainly due to their processing method. The processing of black tea allows fermentation process whereas green tea skips the fermentation process which results in the maximum quantity of antioxidants and other valuable substances to get intact and give green tea its benefits.

    What Is the Shelf-life of Bay Leaf Chai?

    Our Bay leaf chai can last for twelve months if they are properly stored. The powder 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 Bay Leaf Chai?

    To keep your Bay Leaf 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.

    Flavour

    In Ayurveda, bay leaf is added in teas for treating cough and cold.

    If you smell a dried bay leaf, you might not get as much aroma as you would. But this does not mean there is no flavour in it.

    Bay leaf tea adds a subtle bitterness that gives a calming and soothing effect.

    Why This Product

    Zizira’s bay leaf chai contains ingredients that are pure, and natural directly and traditionally sourced from the ethical farmers of Meghalaya.

    The extra mile we take to ensure we provide the best-

    Our team travels to the most isolated and remote villages to source the best ingredients. We make sure that the ingredients we use in our products come straight from the farmers and beekeepers who make an effort in providing us with the purest and highly genuine produce. These are a few ways how we ensure the purity of our products: -

    • 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 and beekeepers 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.
  • Health Benefits

    Here are some health benefits of Bay leaf chai:

    • Improves digestion- Bay leaves are believed to have excellent effects on the gastrointestinal system and also acts as a diuretic as it helps in stimulating urination. This effect further helps in decreasing toxicity by flushing out the toxic substances. Furthermore, the compounds that are present in bay leaves are highly effective in dealing with upset stomachs, soothing irritable bowel syndrome. Due to some complex proteins that are present in our diet, it makes it difficult to digest but the enzymes that are present in bay leaves facilitates efficient digestion and the intake of different nutrients.
    • Helps in respiratory conditions- Bay leaves have powerful antibacterial properties in it and the essential oils in it help in alleviating respiratory conditions. It helps to loosen up the phlegm and eliminates harmful bacteria that may be trapped in the respiratory tract.
    • Protects heart health- Phytoconstituents in it such as caffeic acid and rutin are essential compounds that enhance heart health. Rutin helps in strengthening the capillary walls of the heart while caffeic acid helps in eliminating the bad cholesterol from the cardiovascular system keep the heart-healthy.
    • Has anti-cancer properties- Bay leaves have a unique combination of antioxidants as well as other organic compounds such as phytonutrients, linalool, catechins, and parthenolide that helps in protecting the body from the harmful effects of cancer-causing free radicals or substances. These free radicals cause mutation of the healthy cells into cancer cells, but bay leaves may help in preventing this activity due to the abundant number of antioxidants and organic compounds in it.
    • Helps in reducing inflammation- Curcumin in turmeric and cinnamon have natural anti-inflammatory compounds that help the body fight against foreign substances. 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.

      Curcumin and piperine are powerful anti-inflammatory substances that can suppress inflammation and fight chronic inflammation at a higher level. Bay leaves have an anti-inflammatory activity which is one of its most essential benefits.  The presence of some unique Phyto-nutrients called parthenolide in it helps in reducing inflammation significantly which further reduces the chances of developing inflammation conditions like arthritis.

    • Stress-buster- Stress is one very common condition in today’s world. You can add bay leaves to your daily diet in order to manage stress better. Chemical compound linalool which is present in it helps in lowering the stress hormones in the body which leads to calmness and combat symptoms of depression.
    • Manages diabetes- Bay leaves are highly useful in the management of diabetes as they help in reducing the blood glucose level, cholesterol, and triglycerides. They directly improve the function of the insulin receptor and regulates blood sugar levels. This is because the antioxidants in bay leaf enable the body to help produce more insulin efficiently thus making it a good choice for diabetic patients who has insulin resistance.
    • Antifungal property- Studies have suggested that bay leaves have antifungal properties that help in protecting the skin from any kind of unwanted microbes that causes infection or irritation. Regular consumption of bay leaf powder may help in creating a protective layer that may eliminate all sorts of microbial organisms from entering the membrane.
    • Soothes sore throat and reduces cough- Bay leaves have the ability to clear up the respiratory system. It helps to unclog stuffy nasal passage and gets rid of the harmful bacteria.
    • Boosts athletic performance- Bay leaves have caffeic acid in them and not only helps fight rare diseases, but it can also help in increasing exercise tolerance. It has a mild stimulant effect that reduces the levels of lactate which is commonly used in pre-workout supplements.
    • Reduces rare diseases- Bay leaves contain a powerful and strong plant pigment which is known as rutin. It is a flavonoid that improves the circulation in the body by strengthening the veins and arteries. Overall, rutin also may help in preventing blood clots, which may lower the risk of rare diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.
  • Uses

    Here is how you can make bay leaf chai:

    • Add ½ teaspoon of this flavorful powder in a cup. 
    • Pour hot water to it and stir. 
    • If you like milk, adding it will only make it better. 
    • Add your choice of sweetener if you prefer it sweet. 
    • Enjoy this healing chai at any hour of the day.