CUMIN, CORIANDER & FENNEL TEA
How to Make Cumin, Coriander & Fennel Tea
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
INGREDIENTSSKILL LEVEL: EASY
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
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.
- Drink with every meal for at least two weeks.
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How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Cumin, Coriander, & Fennel tea (CCF tea) is one of the simplest and most famous Ayurvedic home formulas for detoxification, weight loss, and the burning up of excess water retention.
This revitalizing yet mild blend gets right to the point by warming up your circulation and cleansing your lymphatic system.
It stokes your metabolism and digestive fire restoring your vitality where winter sluggishness abounds.
Its mild bitterness revs up the detoxification process and purifies the blood.
CCF tea blend also helps:
- Restore tone and tightness to swollen water logged tissues.
- Soothe agitation and inflammation
- Restore a calm clarity and spaciousness to a tense mind.
Drip, drip, drip.
As winter ice and snow melts and becomes the wetness around you in springtime, they make all of that stunning green growth possible.
This same wetness can also manifest in your body. Internal dampness causes a runny nose, thick digestive mucus, and even swelling.
CCF Tea clears out water retention, while its flushing action simultaneously cleanses the urinary tract and reduces your water weight.
Make this blend yourself. Just follow our simple recipe. For best results, use organic, fresh, medicinal grade quality ingredients.
To make it, simply follow the simple recipe.
This tea is suitable for long term use, all three doshas and for all ages. 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.
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Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances.
With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you.
Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature.
By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health.
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulates rejection. It is a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Cumin, Coriander & Fennel Tea
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.
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An herb that decongests or dislodges toxins from the body and the lymphatic, transforming or altering fluids to a more healthy state.
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Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.
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An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
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Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.
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Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Protects blood vessels from damage. Improves athletic performance, libido, immunity, and brain health.
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Foods with a Similar Nature to Cumin, Coriander & Fennel Tea
Fennel Seeds has these Actions in Common
Brain-tonic, Decongestant, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Galactagogue, Appetizer, Carminative, Digestive
Cumin has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Decongestant, Galactagogue, Anthelminthic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Carminative, Digestive
Coriander Seed has these Actions in Common
Brain-tonic, Detoxicant, Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Appetizer, Carminative, Expectorant, Anthelminthic
Dill has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Expectorant, Appetizer, Detoxicant, Galactagogue, Antimicrobial, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Antispasmodic
Thyme (fresh) has these Actions in Common
Expectorant, Anthelminthic, Appetizer, Detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Antispasmodic, Decongestant
Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Brain-tonic, Decongestant, Galactagogue, Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Appetizer, Carminative, Digestive
Cinnamon has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Decongestant, Expectorant, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Galactagogue, Antimicrobial, Carminative, Digestive
Cardamom has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Appetizer, Decongestant, Expectorant, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant
Basil has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Decongestant, Galactagogue, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive
Cloves has these Actions in Common
Anthelminthic, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Antimicrobial, Carminative, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Detoxicant
Rosemary has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Decongestant, Anthelminthic, Brain-tonic, Detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Burns-toxins, Digestive
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Cumin, Coriander & Fennel Tea
Haritaki has these Actions in Common
Anthelminthic, Antimicrobial, Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Carminative, Detoxicant, Digestive, Expectorant
Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Burns-toxins, Carminative, Detoxicant, Digestive, Expectorant
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Detoxicant, Expectorant, Antimicrobial, Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Burns-toxins, Decongestant
Trikatu has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Burns-toxins, Carminative, Decongestant, Detoxicant, Digestive
Kushta has these Actions in Common
Expectorant, Antimicrobial, Appetizer, Carminative, Detoxicant, Digestive
Mugwort has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Carminative, Detoxicant, Digestive, Anthelminthic
Hingvastak Churna has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Digestive, Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Burns-toxins
Cumin, Coriander, Fennel Tea
Cumin, Coriander, Fennel Tea has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Digestive, Galactagogue
Musta has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Galactagogue, Anthelminthic, Appetizer, Detoxicant
Osha has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Carminative, Decongestant, Digestive, Expectorant
Pushkaramoola has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Carminative, Digestive, Expectorant
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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics
His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel,
as well as 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.
Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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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
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
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
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
How about lightly roasting the seeds first to bring out the oils, or will this kill the medicinal effect?
I really like this tea and love what it is doing to my body. I'm excited to try other recipes.
Dear Eliana - Since these spices are food grade, you can drink this tea long term. But it does depend on individual constitution.
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
You can drink 1-2 cups per day.
Viviana - Yes this tea may actually help nursing.
Yes, you can steep them in cheesecloth. Or, pour them through a colander after steeping.
Yes, but overbrewing tea often makes it more bitter.
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 ?
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.
Iam kapha predominant. Can i drink this even in winter?
- Ratnamala Vanka, San jose, CA 11-25-13
Enjoy CCF tea year round!
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.
Always check with your doctor on pregnancy issues.
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC 01-10-14
CCF may reduce your cholesterol....as with anything it depends on the individual.
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC 04-25-14
It is suggested you stick to 1-2 cups per day. :)
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC 08-04-14
This may sound like an odd question, but is it possible that ccf tea will cause orange-ish urine?
- Rikki, Morrison 08-10-14
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!
- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC 05-19-15
It would be wise to consult your health care provider about whether these herbs will affect your uterine prolapse.
You can drink this tea cold, though cold drinks are not generally recommended for Vata or Kapha.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ 07-21-16
This may help you shed belly fat, but you probably won't rid yourself of belly fat by only drinking this tea.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ 07-21-16
You should talk to your health practitioner, but this tea will likely be helpful with rheumatoid arthritis.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ 07-21-16
Sure, the effects will be different.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ 02-06-17
Tea is always made by boiling tea leaves, and since there are no tea leaves boiled along with cumin, coriander and fennel seeds, it is wrong to say CCF Tea. We should correctly say it as CCF Decoction. Hope this helps!
- Kunwar Singh 03-01-21
For sure! And if we're just steeping the seeds for a shorter time, we could say it's really an infusion! I've just discovered that experts refer to these kinds of herbal drinks as 'tisanes', rather than tea, due to the absence of tea leaves.