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Cumin, Coriander & Fennel Tea

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Reported by John Immel, Asheville, NC
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Cumin, Coriander & Fennel Tea Ayurveda Recipe
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingDigestive Effects Help
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Type: Spices
Meal: Drink
Occasion: Cleanse
Preparation: Boiled, Tea
Style: Ayurvedic
Subtaste: Aromatic
Effect: Sattvic, Prana, Alkalizing

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Pharmacological Effects
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ayurvedic perspective

Nicknamed CCF tea, Cumin, Coriander and Fennel Tea is one of the simplest and most famous formulas for detoxification, weight loss, and burning up that excess of spring moisture. The revitalizing yet mild blend gets right to the point, helping to warm up your circulation and clear out water retention. Its flushing action simultaneously cleanses the urinary tract and reduces water weight.

Drip, drip, drip - the sound of melting ice warms the winter-weary. The wetness around you in springtime, making all of that stunning green growth possible, can also manifest in your body, causing a runny nose, digestive mucus, even swelling.

CCF tea stokes metabolism and the digestive fire, restoring vitality where winter sluggishness abounds. Its mild bitterness revs up the spring detoxification process and purifies the blood. CCF restores tone and tightness to swollen spring tissues. It is a soothing formula that reduces agitation and inflammation. It restores a calm clarity and spaciousness to a tense mind.

You can either make this blend yourself or purchase it here.


For best results, place 1 tsp of CCF in a tea ball in your favorite mug. Pour boiling water over the tea and let sit for 3-4 minutes. Drink with every meal for at least two weeks.


Since CCF tea is a diuretic, do not drink before bed otherwise you will have to wake up to urinate. Dry Vata individuals should limit intake of diuretics.

About Cumin, Coriander & Fennel Tea

Drink Cumin, Coriander and Fennel Tea when the daffodils start to bloom - a sure sign that spring is approaching. This tea is suitable for long term use, all three doshas and for all ages.


1/4 tspCoriander SeedVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
1/4 tspCuminVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
1/4 tspFennel SeedsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying


In Ayurveda teas are the traditional method of delivering the medicinal effects herbs and spices to your body's tissues. Ayurvedic teas generally consist of a single herb or blend of herbs steeped in hot water.
  • Boil 1 1/2 cups of water
  • Add the whole cumin, coriander, and fennel seeds.
  • Let steep for 5 minutes, or until it cools to a comfortable drinking temperature.
  • Strain and serve, discarding the spices.
Joyful Belly offers whole organic herbs and spices for preparing your own Ayurvedic teas, as well as some delicious & ancient Ayurvedic formulas such as Cumin, Coriander & Fennel Tea.

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there's still snow up here in Massachusetts. But I have a lot of water retention. Can I start drinking this tea now or do I have to wait until the snow melts?

- Cecile Garcia, Randolph, MA, 02-20-13 (Reply)
For the CCF tea, must the spices be whole? I have coriander and cumin powdered. Is there any way to use those instead in the tea? Thanks, Susan Eisner
- Susan, AL, 02-20-13 (Reply)
Dear Cecile - You can start drinking the tea now - no need to wait for daffodils. This tea will still help.

Dear Susan - The spices don't have to be whole, but generally ground spices lose their medicinal value very quickly, in a matter of minutes, as volatile oils evaporate.

I have heard that the most benefit comes from grinding whole seeds just prior to steeping them. What do you think?
- Betsy Brown, Manchester, MA, 02-20-13 (Reply)
Grinding them will lower the amount of time needed to steep the tea, and release volatile oils more readily. Great idea.
You mean the tumeric and cheyenne pepper that I bought at the super market in the spice department is of no health benefit?
- Noreen McDonough, Bristol, VT, 02-20-13 (Reply)
This tea is great,I put it on in the morning, leave it to keep warm, and sip all day. We drink this(at work,my staff and clients) during this time of the year, it helps with starting a cleanse. Often drink it for light headaches, does the trick,just takes a little getting used to.
- heather, Worcester, MAAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic Diet, 02-20-13 (Reply)
Turmeric and cayenne may last a bit longer, since they are less aromatic than CCF. However, even these spices should be stored in a foil wrapped container, with the air removed. That will help preserve the medicinal value. Since repeated opening and closing of the container causes volatile oils to escape, often I will remove a week's worth of spices into a smaller container.
Should we drink it every day throughout the spring time? or for a month? How long?
- Eliana, Kissimmee, FL, 02-20-13 (Reply)
Luscious tea! I can feel the healing effects all day.
- Irene, Ardmore, PAAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic Diet, 02-20-13 (Reply)
How about lightly roasting the seeds first to bring out the oils, or will this kill the medicinal effect?
- Sally, St. louis, MOAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic Diet, 02-20-13 (Reply)
I really like this tea and love what it is doing to my body. I'm excited to try other recipes.
- Amy Schouten, Mechanicsville, VAAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic Diet, 02-27-13 (Reply)
Dear Eliana - Since these spices are food grade, you can drink this tea long term. But it does depend on individual constitution.
I am trying this as I read the reviews. I find it very soothing and relaxing. I intend to make this my new tea of choice!
- Pat, OK, 03-01-13 (Reply)
I really like ginger in my tea. Would it be OK to add fresh ginger root when it is steeping, or would that mess with the detoxing effect of the tea?
- Kerry Firth, Baldwin, NY, 03-19-13 (Reply)
This is a great tea. I make it with the addition of roses. I am pitta predominant and live in a hot climate so the roses were advised to balance that.
- NarayaniAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic Diet, 03-23-13 (Reply)
Dear Kerry - Yes it is okay to add fresh ginger root and experiment. How does it change the qualities of the tea in your opinion? Best, -John
how often do you recommend drinking the tea? 1 cup a day or more? to reap it's benefits?
- Mary, 04-28-13 (Reply)
You can drink 1-2 cups per day.
I just received my herbs today. Can I put the seeds in a cheesecloth bag to steep it?
- retch939, 05-06-13 (Reply)
Viviana - Yes this tea may actually help nursing.
Yes, you can steep them in cheesecloth. Or, pour them through a colander after steeping.
If I sip this all day, can I leave the seed pouch in all day?
- Frank, 05-12-13 (Reply)
Yes, but overbrewing tea often makes it more bitter.
Does this tea helps with weitgh loss? I also added a few seeds of cardomon and a bit of honey?
- Mary, 05-16-13 (Reply)
See the ayurvedic notes above concerning weight loss. Honey is great!
Should I let the seeds to boil in the water or just put the boiling water on top of the seeds?also I live In Miami and its very hot here. Can I drink the tea every day or just in spring ?
- Sonia, 07-31-13 (Reply)
You have many options - the main issue is preventing evaporation of volatile oils (the medicinal constituent). The easiest way is to pour boiling water over the seeds, then cover immediately and let sit for ten minutes.
I love the flavor of the seeds. Can I consume them? after the tea is brewed
- , 10-09-13 (Reply)
I've had high cholesterol for years, but after drinking 5 cups of CCF tea daily, for 3-4 months my triglycerides are normal and my overall cholesterol is close to normal. That was the only consistent change in my diet. My doctor was very happy since I refused to take conventional meds. Does CCF tea help to reduce cholesterol? I don't know what else could have had this effect. I won't stop drinking it!
- , NMAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic Diet, 11-09-13 (Reply)
Iam kapha predominant. Can i drink this even in winter?
- Ratnamala Vanka, San jose, CA, 11-25-13 (Reply)
Enjoy CCF tea year round!
Is it okay add stevia and lemon to enhance the taste?
- Sam, 12-01-13 (Reply)
Stevia and lemon is fine in the tea. Enjoy!
Just wanted you to know that the herbs and spices from Joyful Belly are the best! This tea is wonderful and really does work.
- Jeanette, Pardeeville, WIAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic Diet, 01-09-14 (Reply)
In the winter in India we also add fresh ginger to this. Generally no sweetener is added to these kinds of beverages which are used to cleanse, digest, relieve congestive symptoms, etc. Also, certain spices are used powdered and others whole or lightly crushed. In this case, none of the spices would be powdered. If you're adding ginger, smash a 1/2 or 1 inch knob of ginger with a pestle or knife and throw it in with everything else. Grating isn't necessary, and will also result in a very gingery brew.
- Payal, 01-09-14 (Reply)
Can you drink this while being pregnant?
- maryAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic Diet, 01-09-14 (Reply)
Always check with your doctor on pregnancy issues. Thanks!
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC, 01-10-14 (Reply)
CCF may reduce your cholesterol....as with anything it depends on the individual.
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC, 04-25-14 (Reply)
Please readdress quantity. The suggestion was for 1-2 c/day, but one respondent is drinking 5 c. Is there a reason not to sip throughout the day - say 6 cups? Judith, Portland, ME
- Judith JamesAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic Diet, 08-04-14 (Reply)
It is suggested you stick to 1-2 cups per day. :)
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC, 08-04-14 (Reply)
This may sound like an odd question, but is it possible that ccf tea will cause orange-ish urine?
- Rikki, 08-10-14 (Reply)
I like this tea but whenever I drink it I get "brain-fog" for the first 15-30 minutes where my thinking becomes slow and memory sluggish. Once the mind is "back to normal" I can drink the rest of the tea without feeling drugged. Any idea why this is. Maybe I should reduce the Coriander seeds?
- Ayurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic Diet, 05-16-15 (Reply)
Lowering the quantity of seeds in general helps - so, if you are having the standard 1/3 coriander, 1/3 cumin, and 1/3 fennel, drop down to a 1/4 of each and see if that helps! If it still makes you feel drowsy, it may not be the tea for you!
Is this safe to drink when having Uterine Prolapse?
- Beth, 02-04-16 (Reply)
It would be wise to consult your health care provider about whether these herbs will affect your uterine prolapse.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 02-25-16 (Reply)

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