Diet & Nutrition

Why drinking a cup of tea is a simple and effective step in self-care

Self-care is as simple as sipping a cup of Dilmah's Arana blend, inspired by ancient Ayurvedic traditions

Living in today's fast-paced world can be complex. Often we are pulled in many different directions as we face daily demands and pressures. Maintaining our health and wellbeing is critical, however, all too often it can be the last aspect that gets our attention.
The world of wellbeing can be overwhelming, but it's important to remember that often the simplest ideas are the most effective – it's about making easy changes to your day-to-day routine.
Arana by Dilmah, the experts in tea, is a revolution in simple self-care. The antioxidant benefits of tea are well known, but Dilmah's Arana, which means "forest" in Sinhala, an official language of Sri Lanka, takes that principle to a whole new level, inspired by Ayurvedic traditions that are almost 3000 years old, to create an exciting evolution of herbal tea.
Ayurveda, pronounced "ai-uh-vah-dah", is the knowledge of life and longevity that originated in ancient India. It works on the principle of health from the inside and celebrates keeping things as close to the natural source as possible to create positive reactions within the body. Ayurveda, a traditional form of medicine, is all about balance. The philosophy works with the body's natural cycles and provides a holistic approach to wellbeing in key areas such as detox and digestion. Dilmah's plant-based Arana collection has been carefully created under the guidance of Ayurvedic physicians and specialists, with authentic and ethical purpose, to produce expert-blended teas that are rich with natural goodness to help support the essential pillars of health.
Your self-care can be as simple as taking a moment out of your day to sit and enjoy a cup of Arana infusions. In four minutes you can brew a caffeine-free wellbeing tea that has been thousands of years in the making.
Digestive tea
Having an effective digestive system is essential for maintaining good health. Using a naturally caffeine-free base of Red Rooibos tea, which is low in tannins and rich in antioxidants, Arana Digestive combines lemongrass, coriander, curry leaves and cinnamon to help support your body's natural digestive function.
A blend like this might gently stoke your digestive fire so your body is able to absorb and ultilise nutrients better. Lemongrass can soothe the stomach lining, while cinnamon may have a stimulating effect on gastric juices and stomach acids. According to Ayurvedic principles, curry leaf is said to have digestive enzymes to aid your digestion and coriander is known for helping with indigestion.
A gentle brew with a mild spice finish, this infusion can be enjoyed morning and night.
Detox tea
Ayurveda believes detox is important for building strong immunity and a healthy metabolic system. This blend uses honeybush tea to create a naturally sweet brew with a honey-like taste and aroma.
It is naturally caffeine-free and milder than both black and green tea, and contains essential minerals like potassium and magnesium, as well as vitamin C.
The tea is combined with holy basil, which is said to help optimise liver and kidney function, alongside Indian sarsaparilla, which can help stimulate detoxification within your body and aid fluid retention. It's a warm and comforting medium-strength beverage that can be taken throughout the day.
Dilmah is available in all supermarkets.