Hands up if you love a good Chai?
Well you have come to the right place. Little Wilding Co has a divine blend with a twist that sets it apart from the rest and is just a little bit spesh. Our blend is a perfectly balanced symphony of warming and medicinal spices such as Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Cardamon and Star Anise.
We made this a caffeine-free zone by adding Dandelion root instead of black tea, which is amazing to support detoxification and skin health, and added a sprinkle of raw cacao powder for antioxidants and energy support.
It’s the perfect alternative to that first thing in the morning coffee or to revitalise the senses and treat yourself when that afternoon slump starts to creep in, and the ingredients are more than humble spices, they have an array of health benefits you may not have even realised:
Aniseed (Pimpinella anisum)
This aromatic, licorice-like plant has been a common feature for centuries for both medicinal and culinary purposes across many cultures. It’s the essential oils of this herb that packs a punch and was traditionally used by the ancients from children to the elderly at the end of a meal as a carminative to aid digestion. Studies have also shown the essential oils and theophylline in this spice may help in cases of bronchitis or bronchial asthma due to the underlying relaxant effect.
Good news for all the nursing mummas out there, it may also help with increasing milk supply with the bonus of calming any tummy troubles for baby simultaneously.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum/Cinnamon cassia)
We all know this spice to be a comforting and aromatic addition to our food and of course our chai lattes, but do you know about its extensive use in herbal medicine?
Cinnamon’s medicinal use has a long history dated back to ancient Egypt & China and used in India and Sri Lanka as an Ayurvedic remedy for digestion and respiratory ailments.
The active constituents in the essential oils such cinnamaldehyde, eugenol and linalool are the most studied, with positive outcomes in blood glucose regulation and increasing insulin sensitivity, as well as having antibacterial, antispasmodic, and carminative effects.
Best of all – Its delicious!
Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)
Most people will know the familiar sweet smell in our Chai teas, and in sweet and savoury dishes alike. This intoxicating, tiny but potent flower bud has been used as a medicinal remedy in Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Herbal medicine – popular to say the least!
What we also LOVE about Cloves, is the impressive range of actions that have been studied from use as a topical anaesthetic, to preventing food from spoiling. Cloves have a significant eugenol content (the oil which most studies are based on), as well as flavonoids, phenolic acids, vitamin C, and minerals such as boron, calcium, chromium, iron, manganese, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus. Clove is also a protector and has shown to have anti-fungal and antibacterial effects. Its also a powerful antioxidant, antispasmodic, immunomodulatory, antidiabetic, the list goes on…
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
The humble dandelion deserves so much more credit than it receives. It may be a stubborn weed, but what it offers us both as a food and as a medicine is a true gift and makes up for it in spades.
It is a bitter herb which means it’s all about giving our digestive system some love, especially our livers and gallbladders which proper function is essential for detoxification and maintaining digestive homeostasis, as well as supporting rheumatic and chronic skin conditions due to its alterative and anti-inflammatory actions.
This nutritive plant is packed with minerals like potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper, and choline, vitamins A, C, D, and B’s, as well as beta-carotene, phenolic acids sesquiterpene lactone, triterpenes, and inulin.
The dried root makes a for a great caffeine-free alternative to coffee with the added benefit of all those active constituents and nutrients, what’s not to love about that?
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger’s pungent rhizome has been treasured throughout ancient history as a food and treating digestive disorders, poor circulation and to this day is soothing our coughs and colds.
It’s not only delicious in absolutely everything, it’s a powerhouse of pungent active constituents called gingerols, and essential oils in which lies the key to Gingers characteristic aroma. These constituents are well documented and studied, and responsible for the seemingly endless list of medicinal benefits ginger has to offer.
With so many reasons to try, why not find out what you’ve been missing out on?