Frequently Asked Questions
We know that lots of people are looking to find balance in their lives, as the days seemly get busier and busier, and we really wanted to help. We were inspired by the wisdom of Ayurveda and the Ayurvedic lifestyle in helping people achieve balance in mind, body and spirit. Ayurveda is a system of knowledge that’s over 5,000 years old. With the help of Ayurvedic experts, we set out to craft great tasting teas that people could enjoy and that would help them achieve balance in their daily lives.
According to Debra Eklove, Ayurvedic Practictioner: There's the dosha you have at birth and the one today. The one you’re born with is considered your natural balance and is viewed as a tool to achieve what the spirit or soul wants to achieve in this lifetime. Over time, your dosha is affected by many factors, such as diet, work, environment, relationships, seasons and time of day. Any of these can affect balance. Like riding a bicycle, we have to adjust constantly to stay balanced. We continually use our awareness and tools to rebalance to our natural dosha – the one we had at birth.
Doshas are observed in three ways: the way you feel; observed physical and mental qualities and characteristics; and by Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis. You may be dominant in one dosha or combination of two or more doshas. Your physical, metabolic and mental characteristics may indicate different doshic tendencies.
You may instinctively know your dosha or a quiz like this one can provide direction. Meeting with an Ayurvedic practitioner who can take your pulse will help you identify your current dosha more accurately and if it’s out of balance with your birth dosha. The pulse is taken at the wrist with three fingers of one hand placed on the thumb side of the wrist, one finger beside the other. In this way, the Ayurvedic pulse is able to show the sensitive practitioner what your dosha is now and what is was at birth. This process can take 10 minutes.
Q: Can I drink the teas that aren’t reflective of my dosha? For example, if I’m predominantly pitta, can I drink the Vata and Kapha teas?
According to Debra Eklove, Ayurvedic Practictioner: Teas are appropriate for everyone to enjoy everyday. Many external factors affect us and our dosha balance. We all experience changes in our dosha. And when this becomes excessive, we need tools to rebalance.
For instance, mid-day is the hottest part of the day – the Pitta time of day. So a cooling tea can help if the heat is too great and not releasing on its own. Autumn is the Vata time of year, when the weather is chilly and erratic. Everyone will feel this and if it becomes too much, we need to have more poise in our lives. Spring is the Kapha time of year – damp, heaviness, moving slowly. Here more vigour may help us move from the slowness of winter to the activity of spring.
You can drink the teas anytime during the day or evening depending on your needs. Choose the appropriate tea for your needs. Let your awareness be your guide.
Q: How do the Ingredients in the Tetley Ayurvedic Balance Teas work to achieve balance for each of the doshas?
In Ayurveda, the doshas are combinations of the 5 elements – Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. When we’re out of balance, it means the combination of these elements is different from our natural balance – the one we were born with.
Vata is a combination of air and space. Pitta is a combination of fire and a little water. Kapha is a combination of water and earth.
Over time and in certain circumstances, the amount of elements change and we lose our balance. For instance, fire can be increased in the summer and then the Pitta dosha is increased. If it isn’t decreased, it can start to manifest in mental or physical states and Pitta is said to be aggravated. If we get a runny cold or retain water in the body or feel lethargic or unenthusiastic, this may be described in Ayurveda as Kapha imbalance.
Taste in Ayurveda helps keep the balance. A balanced diet has all 6 Ayurvedic tastes. Each taste has a specific combination of the elements and tastes are used as a tool to increase or decrease a dosha.
Sweet taste is a combination of earth and water elements and will balance Vata and Pitta. Excessive amounts aggravate Kapha.
Sour taste is a combination of fire and earth and will balance Vata. Excessive amounts aggravate Kapha and Pitta.
Salty taste is a combination of fire and water and will balance Vata. Too much affects both Kapha and Pitta.
Pungent is a combination of fire and air and will balance Kapha. Too much affects Pitta and Vata.
Bitter is a combination of air and earth and will balance Kapha and Pitta. Excessive amounts may aggravate Vata.
Astringent is a combination of air and space and will balance Kapha and Pitta. Excessive amounts aggravate Vata.
Tulsi, also known as "Holy Basil," and is a prominent herb in Indian culture. Turmeric is a golden yellow root and a member of the ginger plant family of herbs.
There are zero calories in the Tetley Ayurvedic Balance Teas.
Q: You say that Ayurveda teaches that balance of the mind, body and spirit is essential for holistic well-being. What exactly do you mean by that?
According to Ayurveda, our mind affects our body and our body affects our mind. And both affect the way our awareness and spirit expresses itself. When we're out of balance, stress can affect us and reduce our well-being and happiness. Too much stress affects the way we feel and view the world around us. This can affect the way we behave and the expectations we have from others. When we are balanced, happiness, joy and calmness are our nature. We are active, helpful and peaceful.