TURMERIC & CUMIN RESCUE TEA
How to Make Turmeric & Cumin Rescue Tea
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 3 MINUTES
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 Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
As your body enters a natural cleanse cycle, the last two weeks of February 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 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.
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. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest
easily create your 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.
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Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
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 GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT DRY GUNA
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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ABOUT HOT GUNA
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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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 GUNA
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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The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual 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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Herbs that increase tejas improve metabolism & brightness by stimulating the fire element at a cellular level. Destroys toxicity, excess fluids, & improves digestion. Also helps with mental function such as poor memory, lack of inspiration & depression.
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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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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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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of 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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Cleanse and Detox:
An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.
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Heart & Circulation:
Literally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
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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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DIURETIC
Lung and Sinus:
An herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DECONGESTANT
Herbs which stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus. They are used to increase scanty menstruation, relieve menstrual pain, and other functions.
LEARN MORE ABOUT EMMENOGOGUE
Skin Care & Beauty:
An herb that strengthens and nourishes skin, improving tone, color, moisture and complexion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SKIN-TONIC
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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.
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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Didnt think I would enjoy this comforting tea so much! Its like a warm hug and the feeling stays with you- thank you! judie- 03- 14 14 ,Wales, UK
- Judith, Cardiff 03-14-14
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.