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.
If you prefer to use organic, fresh, medicinal grade quality ingredients, consider purchasing Cumin, Coriander & Fennel Tea
from our herb store.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Nicknamed CCF tea, Cumin, Coriander and Fennel Tea is one of the simplest and most famous home formulas for detoxification, weight loss, and burning up that excess of water retention. To make the tea, simply follow the instructions below.
The revitalizing yet mild blend gets right to the point, helping to warm up your circulation. CCF tea stokes metabolism and the digestive fire, restoring vitality where winter sluggishness abounds. Its mild bitterness revs up the detoxification process and purifies the blood. CCF restores tone and tightness to swollen water logged tissues. It is a soothing formula that reduces agitation and inflammation. It restores a calm clarity and spaciousness to a tense mind.
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 clears out water retention. Its flushing action simultaneously cleanses the urinary tract and reduces water weight.
You can make this blend yourself. Or, if you prefer to use organic, fresh, medicinal grade quality ingredients, consider purchasing Cumin, Coriander & Fennel Tea
from our herb store.
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.
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is
tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with
at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what
should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you
are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive
tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you
experience optimal health.
Is Cumin, Coriander & Fennel Tea Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICS
What is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
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 DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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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 stimulating rejection, and 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.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Sattvic foods promote awareness and a refreshed mind by nourishing the body without taxing digestion. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness.
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Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy, similar to Qi in Chinese Medicine. Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.
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An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
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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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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.
Here are the herbal actions of Cumin, Coriander & Fennel Tea:
Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
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Cleanse and Detox:
An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.
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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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Kidney & Urinary:
Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
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Lung and Sinus:
An herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
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Herbs that help you cough up and eliminate mucus. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus.
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Mind, Stress & Sleep:
An herb that strengthens the brain, thereby improves either mental function, stamina, or stability.
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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.
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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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.
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.
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.