Chai tea is an actually a misnomer since chai means tea in Hindi. In India, tea is prepared by brewing for a long time using ingredients which are freshly ground. When spices are used, it is called chai tea or masala chai. The main ingredients of chai tea are black tea, milk, sugar and spices. Although the spices vary from region to region and households, the spices which are commonly used are ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper. Chai tea has a soothing, warming effect. It also works well as a digestive aid and people having it will feel a sense of well-being.

What Are the Benefits of Chai Tea?

There are various benefits of chai tea due to the ingredients used in it. All individual ingredients have powerful benefits, and when they are combined together, they create a potent tea due to their synergy. Given below are the chai tea benefits:


There have been various studies done to show the anti-inflammatory properties of the ingredients used in chai tea. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties which make it effective to use instead of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The study has been published in Journal of Medicinal Food in 2005. Cinnamon also works as an anti-inflammatory agent in the human body. Another ingredient used in chai tea is clove. Cloves have potent anti-inflammatory constituent called as eugenol which is beneficial in reducing pain in the gums as well as general inflammation in the body.



Ingredients in chai tea act as potent anti-oxidants. These are beneficial in prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disorders. When it is drunk with black tea as its ingredient, it protects the cells and tissue of the body from free radicals. When ginger is added to chai tea, it helps in protecting the body from various types of cancer like colo-rectal cancer and ovarian cancer. Piperine, present in pepper, is a strong anti-oxidant and can help in preventing oxidative damage. What's more, cardamom acts as an anti-oxidant against non-melanoma skin cancer. It is also beneficial in lowering blood pressure and reducing cardiovascular risks.


Digestive Effect

When chai tea is taken post meals, it has digestion boosting effects. When the meal is high in fats and proteins, chai tea with black pepper should be had. It causes the pancreas to secrete digestive enzymes and thus digest the heavier foods. Ginger has always been known to aid in digestion and also helps in stopping nausea. It is also called as a potent digestive herb. Cinnamon is also a digestive stimulant and is widely used.

How to Make Chai Tea

Chai tea is available pre-packed and also in restaurants. However, that can usually have large quantity of milk and sugar, which reduces its medicinal properties. Depending on the ingredients you use, the home made chai tea will have increased benefits.





1 cup

Darjeeling tea

2 tablespoons

Brown sugar

4 tablespoons

Black peppercorns



1 piece of 1/4th inch

Green cardamom pods


Fennel seeds

1 tablespoon

Whole cloves


Cinnamon stick



7 cups


Time & Yield

Total Time

25 minutes


8 cups



  1. Boil water along with the 6 spices for 5 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat and steep for 10 minutes and later add Darjeeling tea.

  3. Boil and simmer for 5 minutes.

  4. Strain, add brown sugar and milk and serve.


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