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How to Make Fenugreek & Fennel Tea
PREP TIME: 0 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
INGREDIENTSSKILL LEVEL: EASY
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
1. Bring 6 cups of water to the boil and reduce to a simmer.
For a stronger brew, let the seeds sit in the pot until the water has cooled.
2. Add fenugreek and fennel seeds and heat for 30 minutes.
3. Strain, and pour into cups.
Perfect for nursing moms.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
If you love the aroma of Indian curries, you'll love fenugreek. Fenugreek is a signature taste in savory curries. Fenugreek is an unusual spice, since it is a nourishing bitter. Most bitters are cold and depleting, but Fenugreek is not. Fenugreek seeds look like little brown stones and have hardly no flavor until you put them in your meals or hot water. You have to be careful using fenugreek seeds (or leaves) in your meals, too much can make the meal bitter, too little, you won't get the savory flavor. Fenugreek has been used since 4000BC and was found in the tomb of Thutankhmanen.
Fennel has a sweetly and fragrant smell. It is pungent but smells like licorice. Fennel is often found in Indian restaurants to nibble on before and after your meal. It improves many aspects of digestion and can leave the mouth with a fresh taste.
Together, fenugreek & fennel tea combines the pleasant sweetness and fragrance of fennel, with the savory tones of fenugreek, but a smooth, sweet taste. It is comforting and relaxes you.
Cleanses & flushes out toxins
Fenugreek is ideal for a spring cleanse, it removes cholesterol out of bile and helps clear out gallstones. Ideal for a Kapha person with weak bile production.
Fenugreek & Fennel tea acts as a diuretic. It flushes out toxins from the kidneys and soothes burning sensations in the urinary tract because of its cooling qualities. Great for high Pitta.
Drying & decreases water retention
The bitter taste makes this tea drying and its diuretic qualities are great for Kapha's who hold on to too much water. Vata's need to be careful with drinking too much of this tea, it might be too drying for them.
Fennel stimulates appetite before meals and facilitates digestion afterward. Fennel relieves gas & bloating, both fennel & fenugreek reduces burping, acid reflux and alleviates nausea and indigestion. Fennel improves the digestive agni by stimulating blood flow to the stomach. Fenugreek's demulcent quality protects the mucus lining of the stomach.
Clears out mucus
Fenugreek removes phlegm. Fennel relieves bronchial spasms in the lungs, because of its aromatic quality that relaxes the muscles. This can help Kapha people who struggle with asthma.
Improves reproductive health
Fennel's aromatic qualities help with cramping and spasms. It relaxes smooth muscles to relieve menstrual cramps. It's aromatic qualities also relaxes blood vessels and opens circulation, reducing swelling and pain in the pelvic area. Fennel is also cool and soothing. Great for Pitta's during their menstruation period.
Fenugreek targets the lower half of the body and can break up stagnation in the pelvic region. It is useful in dysmenorrhea and menopause. It alleviates pain.
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 Fenugreek & Fennel Tea Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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You'll learn your body type, and whether Fenugreek & Fennel Tea is a good fit for your body type. Time to complete: approximately 1 minute.
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 MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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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
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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Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy (Qi in Chinese Medicine, pneuma in Greek). 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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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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Resembles air (vayu) in quality - highly mobile, drying, light, cold, subtle, rough.
LEARN MORE ABOUT AIR
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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT AROMATIC
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 Fenugreek & Fennel Tea:
An herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.
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An herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.
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Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
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An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BURNS-TOXINS
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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Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CARDIAC-STIMULANT
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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DIURETIC
Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ANTISPASMODIC
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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.