As another year comes to a close, I ask myself, what have I learned? Lessons come daily, many forgotten and unexamined. Others hit me over the head, repeatedly and impossible to ignore. We all have our lessons. They can be so humbling. They can be hard. And yet, once accepted, once learned, they are freeing. Liberating.
I am in process of creating a Two-Week Healing/ Cleansing/ Detoxing Menu Plan with recipes, for a reader who is struggling with a serious illness. Though not an expert, I wholeheartedly believe in the healing power of plant-based foods, and how these foods can assist our bodies in healing themselves. Healing foods don’t have to be flavorless and boring, they can be vibrant and delicious, too. Over the next few weeks I will share a few of these recipes here.If you would like a copy of the Detox Menu Plan with Recipes, just sign up on the top right of this page.
Part of the plan is this “daily drink” – sipped throughout the day – detoxing the body and organs, while revving up the metabolism. This tea has become a godsend to me, a small ritual I put into practice 6 months ago, that I have come to love, not only for its flavor, but for it energizing and cleansing qualities.
I first discovered this daily Ayurvedic Tea, in Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar’s book called The Hot Belly Diet -The 30 day plan to reset your metabolism and restore you body’s natural balance to heal itself. It’s a blend of green tea, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fresh ginger and lemon juice. I’ve been adding fresh turmeric root, as well. If you are going caffeine-free, you can use an herbal tea (like chamomile, mint or ginger) instead of green tea, and sometimes I will use yerba matte, white tea or black tea instead of green tea, and other whole spices, just to mix it up a bit.
To make the tea, place all the seeds and roots in a french press, and pour boiling water over top. Let seep 5-10 minutes before plunging.
If you don’t have a french press, no worries, just place all the ingredients in a pot of simmering water. Strain into a mug as you drink it.
Refill the pot or french press as much as you like that day, reusing the same tea bag, seeds, roots.
Or, if bringing to work, make this in the morning and place in a thermos to keep it warm. Sip through out the day.
“The healing tradition of Ayurveda teaches that health and well-being depends upon our ability to digest everything we take in from the environment. This includes not only tangible substances like food and drink, but also our experiences, emotions, and the impressions we take in via our sensory portals, namely our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin.” Sheila Patal MD
If you can’t find fresh turmeric, a little ground turmeric works fine too. Add it to taste. Here in Spokane, you can usually find fresh turmeric at Huckleberry’s and at The Best Asian Market on Sprague. I often call first because once in a while, they are out.
If you don’t have a french press, just make it in a pot and strain.
Hope your holidays have been merry… sending you love and light this new year.
Ayurvedic Tea – a detoxing turmeric tea.
1 Quart boiling water
1-2 Tablespoons thinly sliced ginger
1 Tablespoon thinly sliced fresh turmeric ( or ½ -1 tsp ground)
1-2 teaspoons coriander seeds
1-2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1-2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1-2 bags (or Tablespoon) green tea, mint tea, ginger tea, yerba,
squeeze of lemon
Place all ingredients in a french press, let stand 5 minutes before plunging. Refill press one more time with boiling water. Try to drink a total of two quarts in a day.
Alternatively, simmer all ingredients together for 5 minutes in a pot. Strain, before drinking.