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After a surgery my husband had years ago (with ensuing secondary an infection and IV antibiotic use), his intestine wanted just a little further assist. A intestine rehabilitation he was following on the time (see beneath) urged he strive making a cumin coriander fennel tea to assist his bloating and digestive issues.
It labored! Now we’re huge followers of this historic Ayurvedic treatment.
Additionally known as CCF Tea (for apparent causes), we use this recipe any time one among us has nausea, constipation, or an upset abdomen, or simply wants a comforting nightcap.
Why to Strive Cumin Coriander and Fennel Tea
The style of this tea is just a little uncommon as you may think (actually, we jokingly name it “Taco Tea”) however it seems that this three-seed tea has a number of advantages.
Together, these potent spices have a singular soothing means and though I wasn’t on the protocol, I discovered this mix stress-free as a night tea or as a mid-morning drink for psychological readability. Throughout post-partum it additionally appeared to extend my milk provide and calm my child’s abdomen as nicely.
(Observe that this is able to not be your best option for anybody on an autoimmune paleo type diet because it does include seeds, however those that can devour spices and seeds can take pleasure in this tea).
Right here’s why these spices are so helpful:
Cumin has an extended historical past with documented use in historic Greece and Rome, in addition to in biblical occasions. In actual fact, proof of using cumin as a treatment was even discovered within the tombs of historic Egypt and in writings from historic India.
Now trendy research present the ancients knew what they had been doing when it got here to cumin. Research present it could possibly assist:
Cumin can be the source of black cumin seed oil, which additionally has an extended historical past of medicinal use in varied cultures.
Some individuals discover pores and skin advantages from utilizing cumin as nicely. I even use it on this DIY antioxidant face scrub recipe.
Coriander is the seed of the cilantro plant. It additionally has an extended historical past of use in Asia and Mediterranean nations for 1000’s of years. Proof of its use was present in historic Sanskrit textual content and in historic Egypt.
In cooking, it’s usually a part of curry blends and is used to taste gin and sure different alcohols.
It has been used as a digestive treatment all through historical past and can be documented as getting used as a calming spice to calm an anxious thoughts. It’s also generally utilized in tinctures and cures for respiratory issues, urinary points, and nervous system issues.
One other spice with a historical past of historic use by the Chinese language, Indian, Egyptian, Roman, and Greek cultures as a carminative (treatment for bloating and gasoline) and expectorant (respiratory treatment).
It’s usually given to nursing moms to improve milk supply and since its soothing properties appear to assist calm a colicky child by the milk as nicely.
It’s present in recipes in lots of cultures, particularly in Italy and France.
Learn extra in regards to the benefits of fennel (+ recipes) here.
Wait… What About Weight Loss?!
Advantages of Cumin Coriander and Fennel Tea
Among the advantages usually related to this tea are:
- Improved Digestion– All the spices used on this recipe are related to higher digestion and are carminative (which means they scale back bloating and gasoline).
- Potential Fats Loss– This tea might assist enhance fats loss based on some preliminary research.
- Elevated Milk Manufacturing in Nursing Mothers– I seen this impact, which is sensible as a result of fennel and cumin are sometimes advisable to assist enhance milk provide.
- Soothing for Colicky Infants-One other impact I seen personally as this tea appeared to have a soothing impact not solely by myself digestion however on infants too.
Easy methods to Make CCF Tea (Cumin Coriander and Fennel Tea)
Not like some natural cures (homemade cough drops… I’m taking a look at you), this treatment couldn’t be simpler to make with a couple of primary provides and a few cumin, fennel, and coriander seeds.
I’ll warn you that the style is just a little bit uncommon, particularly in case your predominant technique of tea consumption tends to be of the candy tea selection. I really like its warming high quality although and discover it very calming and soothing (and I feel you’ll too!).
Additionally, Christa (founding father of The Whole Journey and the Gut Thrive in 5 course… discover her on my podcast here) recommends including some lemon or lime and a few uncooked honey to assist the flavour.
You can too pour the tea over ice to make an iced model that is a bit more gratifying (although I discovered the new selection extra soothing).
I’m no professional in Ayurveda so I’m unsure there are any further well being advantages, however I seen a terrific style profit from including a pinch of cinnamon or a couple of slices of contemporary ginger root to the brewed tea.
Utilizing CCF Spices in Different Recipes
On their very own, these spices are a few of my favorites to make use of in cooking, so I all the time have them round the home. You should utilize these spices for:
Cumin Coriander and Fennel Tea for Digestion
A soothing and earthy natural tea that’s helpful for the digestive system in lowering gasoline and bloating and which has an extended historical past of use in Ayurveda.
Elective prep step: For the perfect taste, I wish to roast the seeds on a baking sheet at 350 for about 5-8 minutes till aromatic and golden. That is non-obligatory however I discover it actually improves the flavour.
Grind the seeds- place the fennel, coriander and cumin seeds in a espresso grinder or use a mortar and pestle to create a fantastic powder.
Place this powder and the water in a small saucepan and convey to a boil. Simmer for five minutes till aromatic and take away from warmth. Add cinnamon or ginger if utilizing and stir. Let cool to heat earlier than including uncooked honey (if utilizing). Observe: some sources advocate letting the spices soak within the water for as much as an hour earlier than simmering, although I have not seen any further profit after I’ve performed this personally.
Pressure by a fantastic mesh steel strainer and drink instantly or pour over ice for a cool drink. Can be made in huge batches, cooled and saved within the fridge till able to devour.
Can I take advantage of already floor spices? In idea, sure, although all authentic sources advocate utilizing complete dried spices and utilizing instantly earlier than brewing.
Here’s a video of Christa displaying the way to make this tea:
I might not personally drink fennel tea throughout being pregnant with out checking with a doctor or midwife, as there may be some anecdotal proof that fennel might trigger uterine contractions. In fact, it is very important examine with a physician earlier than utilizing this or some other pure treatment, particularly for these with any current well being situation.
Ever tried this? Can’t think about including taco seasoning to your tea? Weigh in beneath!