It’s cockcrow. Time 6:00 AM. The alarm clock has done its job a minute ago. My eyelids are open, believe me, I have a serious inclination to get up; but my limbs are stiff, mind sluggish- not willing to co-operate. Some invisible smoky cover of laziness is pegging me down to the bed. To throw it aside and be on my feet, I badly need something – Oh, that cup! That sip! Will someone get it for me at the earliest? I can’t bear the craving of it anymore, any longer!

Hark! I hear approaching steps! That familiar fragrance! The dose that liberates! Yes, my cup of ‘bliss’ is arriving. Now, my day will begin!

What a classic example of mind slavery!!

Dear readers, have you ever thought that your day can begin without it as well? Can’t an authentic alternative give a head start to your day’s activities? Change your lifestyle over?

Today, tea has become an unavoidable household commodity. A mass consumption item. The necessary evil ever present on the kitchen racks! Evil, because it has delivered evil results. Tea is the creator of innumerable diseases.

However, persons who are addicted to tea, unhesitatingly say that consumption of tea inspires them and takes them to supreme happiness. But this argument is baseless. In one of the hospitals in London, 155 patients were kept under observation. All were provided with generous tea-drinks. The survey revealed that drinking tea gives a false sense of agility and provides stimulation, but that too for a short period. The individual will revert to the state of laxity and slackness soon.


1. Tannin: This poisonous element has a direct negative effect on the digestive system; it weakens it. It adversely affects the functioning of the kidneys and intestines. When we take our meals, a particular juice is produced which percolates through the walls of the kidneys. This juice gets mixed up with our food intake and makes it worthy of digestion. But, when the poisonous element Tannin reaches the kidneys, the natural activities related to digestion come to a standstill. It makes the digestive organs weak and act against their natural working process. This in turn results in constipation and retards digestion. The effect of this poison is more or less comparable to the ill-effects of consuming alcohol.

2. Caffeine: Another poisonous element that is found in tea is Caffeine. The ill-effects of this are comparable to Nicotine, a poisonous element found in tobacco. Firstly, it creates a sense of freshness and vigour within the system but after some time, the effect of intoxication comes to an end and one becomes tired, dull and exhausted. A sense of dryness also envelops him. In tea it is 2.5% and in coffee it is 3%. It is also responsible for diseases like gout and rheumatism.

3. Pepin: Like Tannin, its ill-effects are mostly on our digestive system.

4. Synogen, Strychnine, Cyanide, Aromatic oil: These four poisonous elements are found in tea. They badly affect the functioning of the brain. Vertigo, feeling of giddiness, voice rendered hoarse, sleeplessness, wind formation within the system- are all the results of these poisonous elements.

A medical practitioner in England, and a resident of Patterley Municipality Area, has recorded, “many women in this area who are addicted to tea, invariably have complaints of giddiness.”

Some more recordings also speak in the same vein. They are as follows:

There is a high possibility that those who drink two to three cups of tea in a day tend to suffer from tension, worry, fear, palpitation, muscle strain and diseases related to brain and nervous system – Dr. Gilman Thomson, Professor, Cornell University Medical College, New York.

From the point of view of health, tea is comparable to poison. Its immediate effect is on hunger: it vanquishes it. Regular intake of tea generates weakness in veins and arteries, constipation and giddiness- Dr. Ballard.

On regular consumption of caffeine, the poisonous element found in tea and coffee, the beverage lover can even lose mental balance, may turn mad. Tea doesn’t relax, rather it increases tiredness – A Cambridge University doctor.


In the light of these objectionable

features, it seems readers need no further enlightenment as to why we should give up Tea- give up forever! Every rational and health conscious fellow will hesitate

in holding the cup of the same. However, what about those addicts who have an uncompromising love for this rich brown fluid and have a compelling urge to sniff its aromatic vapours? They need not compromise or restrain their urge. Blessedly, they have an option! India, the birth place of Ayurveda (science of holistic medicines, mainly herbs) offers them, from its ancient legacy, a better alternative in the form of ‘Indigenous Tea’. Apart from its heavenly aroma and flavour, it is a health-bonanza due to its medicinal properties. By consuming this tea, several benefits accrue on all accounts. The components of indigenous tea are as follows:

1. Sweet Violet: It removes throat’s irritation and chest’s congestion; mitigates swelling and burning sensation in the urinary bladder. It is useful in controlling cough. It has cooling and tonic effects on the cardiac system.

2. Arjuna (Botanical name: Terminalia Arjuna): Beneficial in the treatment of cough. During winter, it controls excessive urination. It gives the needed rest and strength to the heart and purifies the blood.

3. Liquorice: An excellent herb that makes the voice as melodious as cuckoo. It enhances the eyesight and strengthens the retina. It cures cough and respiratory problems, purifies the blood and provides relief in swelling. It is reported to cure tuberculosis as well.

4. Cinnamon: It is a remedy for various ills. It stimulates hunger, increases appetite, improves digestion and cures gastroenteritis. Regular intake of this herb can even prevent chronic diseases like tuberculosis as well as bleeding in the womb.

5. Bay leaf: This herb provides relief from piles, heart-ailments, loss of taste, watery discharge from the nose, cough, etc.

6. Holy Basil: It is exceedingly a healing herb for fever, cough, hiccups, worms in stomach, common cold, respiratory problems, loss of memory, chronic headache, high/low blood pressure, heart ailments, diarrhoea, constipation, kidney disorders, renal stones, arthritis, old-age debilities.

7. Clove: It builds up the cells and firms up the nerves, energises lungs, cures headache, digestion disorders, and even paralysis.

8. Red Sandalwood: In case of fever or bleeding in excreta, sandalwood is an effective medicine. It mitigates inflammation and swelling; brings relief in vomiting sensation.

9. Fennel: Since ancient times, it is considered as an effective mouth-freshener and a domestic elixir as well. It also relieves flatulence and fixes up digestion problems. It acts as a coolant for stomach heat; arrests diarrhoea and dry cough. It is quite beneficent for lungs and kidneys.

10. Cardamom: A good cure for cough, piles and stones; cleanses vocal tracks and nourishes the heart.

The above beneficial ingredients of which the Indigenous Tea is made, makes it very useful for one’s health.

There is also another method of making ‘Instant Indigenous Tea’. We generally grow a Basil plant (Tulsi) in our kitchen garden. If not, it is desirable to have one. Take seven to eleven basil leaves. Ground three to four seeds of pepper. Boil them together in water. Add milk and boil again. This tea helps one to give up the addiction of black tea.

Finally, let us take a pledge to quit black English Tea, here and now and firmly resolve to switch over to Basil Tea/Indigenous Tea only, which is good on all accounts. It is also excellent for our mental health. Let us initiate this welfare program for ourselves and attain freedom from many ailments.

Now, will you share a cup of tea with us please? …Indigenous Tea, we mean!

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