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About the Author: John Immel, Asheville, NC

Moroccan Mint Tea

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Moroccan Mint Tea Ayurveda Recipe
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Stimulates-energy, Diuretic
Effect: Prana, Alkalizing, Sattvic
Meal: Drink
Recommended for: Spring
Type: Greens
Style: Middle-Eastern
Preparation: Tea

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Pharmacological Effects
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ayurvedic perspective

"He who rushes is already dead."

Berber Proverb related to the Moroccan Mint Tea ceremony.

Moroccan Mint Tea is gently sweet, aromatic with a touch of bright bitterness. It's a traditional recipe designed to relax, refresh, and slow you down. Mint itself is penetrating, subtle, clear, etheric, light and dry. Combined with honey it becomes heavy, yet green tea makes it stimulating.

In Morocco, Mint Tea is a way of life. It's ceremonial presentation is central to the country's rich culture. It is said to your lift your spirits and create a sense of well being. This well-being is both emotional and physical- Moroccan Mint Tea offers relief from a wide range of digestive issues, allergies and thick blood that are especially present during the springtime. It even helps bad breath!

Soothes Your Digestion

A renowned stomachic for dyspepsia, mint's stimulating and inspiring nature is a traditional remedy for indigestion. It is a carminative, meaning that it both prevents and facilitates the release of gas. Mint relaxes muscle tissue, especially smooth muscle tissue. This antispasmodic ability make it a remedy for symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. It is used to calm all cases of colic, including colicky peristalsis of the intestines, vasospasm type headaches, bronchospasms, and uterine spasms. A small cup of Moroccan Mint Tea after dinner cleanses the palate, like an after dinner mint, and helps you to feel light after a heavy meal.

Relief from Allergies

Moroccan Mint Tea clears mucus from the upper respiratory tract and open the sinuses. In this way it relieves congestion, and reduces sinus headaches. Honey heats and scrapes mucus, clearing out pressure from your head cold. Mint also cleans the liver and cools the histamine reaction of allergies. This is both a short and long term remedy for allergies.

Weight Loss and Clean Blood

Gunpowder green tea is a strong diuretic that helps you clear excess water weight. This is very helpful in the spring when the blood feels heavy and allergies begin to flare. Mint's strength as a digestive aid removes many of the symptoms that inhibit strong metabolism and weight loss.
Mint clears all forms of stagnation - in the stomach, blood, gallbladder, lymph, lungs, and even emotions. This ability to clear, along with its diaphoretic quality (releases heat via sweat), improves circulation and metabolism for those who need a little boost.
Weights & measures


1 tspGreen TeaVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
1 tspHoneyVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
1 tspMintVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
1 cWaterVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating


1. Fill a glass half way with mint leaves.
2. Add a spoonful of gunpowder tea to a tea pot. Fill with boiling water. Add honey or sugar to taste.
3. Pour the tea from a high distance above the glass to make bubbles in the tea. Moroccans will typically pour the tea into a glass and then back into the pot three times to help the brewing.
4. Mix in sage, lemon balm, or other herbs for unique flavors.
5. Serve piping hot and sip slowly.

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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