TURMERIC & CUMIN RESCUE TEA
How to Make Turmeric & Cumin Rescue Tea
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 3 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
INGREDIENTSSKILL LEVEL: EASY
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
For best results, grind whole cumin seed in coffee grinder or mortar and pestle. Place spices in tea cup. Pour 1/2c boiling water over spices and let steep, covered, for thirty seconds. Fill remainder of cup with room temperature water, or until liquid is cool enough to drink.
Grind whole cumin seeds with mortar and pestle or coffee grinder as above. Instead of turmeric powder, use 1 inch of fresh turmeric root. Chop finely. Place in a pot of 12oz water and bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 10 minutes, until the liquid becomes a vibrant orange. Turn off the heat, add ground cumin seeds, cover and let steep for 2 minutes. Fresh turmeric has a lighter, more fresh taste while ground turmeric is more pungent. Enjoy!
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
As your body enters a natural cleanse cycle, the early days of Spring may be critical for your health. The heavy snowfall & dampness characteristic of February is a sure sign that spring is approaching. Winter fat starts to melt, clogging your circulatory system, and making blood rich and oily. Without proper diet and herbal support, symptoms like a runny nose, watery eyes, dark circles, sneezing, coughing, itchy nose/eyes, asthma, and headaches run rampant. As dampness builds, you'll suffer from other ailments as well, like sore throats, puffiness in your skin, and heaviness in your chest. These are all important warning signs that your body's natural detox cycle is causing a buildup of congestion in your body. Take caution, as this is a peak season for serious ailments like congestive heart failure and heart attacks. Sip Turmeric & Cumin Rescue Tea to ease February & March ailments. Cumin's warmth and rustic dryness soaks up the excess of spring moisture. It's pungency dilates blood vessels, helping blood flow smoothly through your veins and restoring your skin's healthy glow. Turmeric invigorates your blood and gets it moving again, dispelling winter stagnation. Turmeric helps to directly thin the blood, digest proteins, and metabolize fats efficiently. Together, these spices provide some relief from the imbalances of winter and the coming spring.
Clean Your Blood
Turmeric's powerful health effects are more beneficial in the spring than any other time of year. You may have heard turmeric toted as a cure-all herb: it's antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-toxicity, anti-diabetic, antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-Alzheimer. Turmeric is "anti" all things! Many of its contributions to your health are due to it's powerful liver and blood-cleansing ability. As your body naturally thickens your blood in the springtime, turmeric keeps it thins and light, helps to neutralize blood sugar, and destroys toxicity. It aids in digestive and respiratory conditions which run rampant in spring. In fact, turmeric acts as an antibacterial while restoring intestinal flora for excellent digestion.
With thick, heavy blood clogging your circulation in springtime, it's common to lose your appetite and feel sluggish. Cumin is an excellent digestive & stomach aid to restore your appetite. Its pungent warmth dries excess fluid from your circulation so that your limbs feel light and mind clear.
Fix Spring Allergies in Winter
If you already have allergies in the spring, it's too late; you missed the detox window. That's why blood detoxifying teas like Turmeric Cumin Rescue Tea are so important to incorporate while it's still winter. By improving fat metabolism and keeping your blood light, thin, and mobile, you set the stage for a healthy spring.
Turmeric Cumin Tea by Constitution
Thanks to its ability to calm stress, turmeric is a cleansing herb that in mild doses doesn't disturb vata. Cumin is also supportive of deficient vata dosha. Hot pitta constitutions, however, will benefit from using fresh turmeric instead of dried while making this recipe (dried is just too hot for pitta). Turmeric Cumin Rescue Tea is fully beneficial for heavy kapha dosha, who tends to suffer the most in springtime from congestion and stagnation.
AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT
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 LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.
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ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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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 CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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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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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 Turmeric & Cumin Rescue 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.
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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Warms the chest and lungs, clearing mucus and allowing for clear breathing. Often these herbs are hot, aromatic, and pungent.
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Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
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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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Scrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels by 1) purging bile, 2) strengthening the liver's ability to metabolize fats, 3) by increasing uptake of cholesterol in the liver, and 4) by inhibiting fat cells.
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Herbs which stimulate menstruation. Emmenagogues are used for scanty menstruation, to relieve menstrual pain, and improve blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus.
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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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Foods with a Similar Nature to Turmeric & Cumin Rescue Tea
Turmeric has these Actions in Common
Emmenagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-chest, Alterative, Burns-toxins, Flushes-sinuses, Skin-tonic, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Hypolipidemic, Spleen-tonic, Blood-thinner
Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Emmenagogue, Spleen-tonic, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Flushes-sinuses, Warms-chest, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant
Parsley (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Burns-toxins, Emmenagogue, Spleen-tonic, Alterative, Digestive, Hypolipidemic
Saffron has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Galactagogue, Spleen-tonic, Blood-thinner, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Burns-toxins, Emmenagogue, Skin-tonic
Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Galactagogue, Spleen-tonic, Antispasmodic, Decongestant, Hypolipidemic, Blood-thinner, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant
Cinnamon has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Galactagogue, Warms-chest, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Decongestant, Emmenagogue, Spleen-tonic
Turmeric Root (Fresh)
Turmeric Root (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Hypolipidemic, Spleen-tonic, Alterative, Emmenagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Burns-toxins, Flushes-sinuses, Skin-tonic
Cumin has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Galactagogue, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Spleen-tonic
Scallions (Raw) has these Actions in Common
Blood-thinner, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Warms-chest, Decongestant, Internal-detoxicant
Cayenne Pepper has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Internal-detoxicant, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Burns-toxins, Flushes-sinuses, Warms-chest
Cilantro has these Actions in Common
Blood-thinner, Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Burns-toxins, Hypolipidemic, Alterative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Turmeric & Cumin Rescue Tea
Manjistha has these Actions in Common
Spleen-tonic, Alterative, Blood-thinner, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Skin-tonic
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-chest, Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins
Cumin, Coriander, Fennel Tea
Cumin, Coriander, Fennel Tea has these Actions in Common
Spleen-tonic, Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Diuretic, Galactagogue, Internal-detoxicant
Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Warms-chest
Yogaraj Guggulu has these Actions in Common
Blood-thinner, Burns-toxins, Emmenagogue, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Alterative, Antispasmodic
Triphala Guggulu has these Actions in Common
Emmenagogue, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Blood-thinner, Digestive, Diuretic
Bhumyamalaki has these Actions in Common
Alterative, Digestive, Diuretic, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Skin-tonic
Guggulu has these Actions in Common
Spleen-tonic, Alterative, Blood-thinner, Emmenagogue, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant
Echinacea has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Digestive, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Alterative, Burns-toxins
Goldenseal has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Digestive, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Alterative, Burns-toxins
Angelica has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Hypolipidemic, Antispasmodic, Blood-thinner
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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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Is there any way to adapt this tea for Pitta constitutions?
- claudia, San jose, CA 02-26-15
Thank you for a very informative post. I had never heard, either, that dry turmeric is contraindicated for pitta. Guess I'll start buying the fresh root but use the dry occasionally.