I first discovered this daily Ayurvedic Tea, in Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar’s book called The Hot Belly Diet – A 30-day plan to reset your metabolism and restore your 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 – and I’ve been adding fresh turmeric root, as well. It’s intended to be sipped throughout the day – assisting the body and organs to flush out toxins while revving up the metabolism.
If you are going caffeine-free, you can use an herbal tea (like tulsi, 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 ( like a cinnamon stick, whole clove, cardamom) just to mix it up a bit.
Please use this and adapt it to your taste.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda originates from India, over 3000 years ago, and is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Its primary function is to restore or maintain balance within the body, not fight disease.
I wholeheartedly believe in the healing power of plants, and how wonderfully they 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. Or sign up for the weekly email and as a free gift you’ll get my Clean-Eating Guide.
Part of the Clean Eating Guide 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 its energizing and cleansing qualities.
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.
Refill the pot or french press as much as you like that day, simply 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 throughout 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, some ground turmeric works fine too. Add it to taste.
Hope your holidays have been merry… sending you love and light this brand new year!
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Ayurvedic Detox Tea- a “daily” drink made with fresh turmeric, ginger and whole spices to help aid the liver, flush out toxins and restore balance in the body. Healing and restorative.
- 1 Quart boiling water
- 1–2 Tablespoons thinly sliced ginger ( or 1/2 –1 teaspoon ground ginger, more to taste)
- 1 Tablespoon thinly sliced fresh turmeric ( or ½ –1 teaspoon ground turmeric, more to taste)
- 1–2 teaspoons coriander seeds
- 1–2 teaspoons cumin seeds
- 1–2 teaspoons fennel seeds
- 1–2 bags (or Tablespoons) green tea, tulsi tea, mint tea, chamomile, ginger tea, yerba,
- squeeze of lemon
- Other additions: use other whole spices if you like- cinnamon, clove, cardamom pods , pink peppercorns, anise
- Boil water.
- Place seeds, turmeric and ginger and tea in a french press, let stand 5 minutes before plunging.
- Refill french press reusing the same ingredients. Try to drink a total of two quarts in a day.
- Alternatively, simmer all ingredients together for 5 minutes in a large pot. Strain, before drinking.
This can be made ahead and refrigerated, then reheated as needed.
- Calories: 10
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