Several year ago, I discovered two Ayurvedic remedies while traveling in India: CCF Tea and Golden Turmeric Milk. I recently shared my recipe for the delicious turmeric drink and its benefits. You can read more about it here.
This week I want to share the Cumin, Coriander & Fennel Tea, aka CCF Tea. This is a very simple but effective remedy, great for your digestion, weight loss, mental clarity and detoxification.
Cumin seeds are rich in iron and are thought to help stimulate the secretion of enzymes from the pancreas which can help absorb nutrients into the system. It has also been shown to boost the power of the liver’s ability to detoxify the human body. You can read more here
Fun facts – Superstition during the Middle Ages cited that cumin kept chickens and lovers from wandering. It was also believed that a happy life awaited the bride and groom who carried cumin Seed throughout the wedding ceremony.*
Coriander seeds have a health-supporting reputation that is high on the list of the healing spices. In parts of Europe, coriander has traditionally been referred to as an “anti-diabetic” plant. In parts of India, it has traditionally been used for its anti-inflammatory properties. In the United States, coriander has recently been studied for its cholesterol-lowering effects. The health benefits of coriander include treatment of swellings, high cholesterol levels, mouth ulcers, anemia, digestion, blood sugar disorders, etc. You can read more here
Fun Facts – Coriander has been around since biblical times. In the Bible, Exodus, XVI, 31 mentions coriander. You can find medical and culinary uses for coriander in texts from India, Egypt. Ancient Rome and China dating back seven thousand years. The ancient Egyptians believed coriander could be used in the afterlife as a food for the departed.
Fennel seeds contain significant amounts of fiber, which helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood, thereby decreasing the risk of heart disease. It’s also rich in calcium, phosphorus, vitamins A, B and C.
Fun Facts – Ancient roman texts mention the value of this herb for its aromatic seeds and succulent edible stalks. The ruler Charlemagne (745-815 AD) promoted fennel’s use during the medieval time. He cultivated the herb on his imperial farms. Romans introduced the herb to Britain during the Roman occupation. The Americas were introduced to the herb in the 1700’s.
The Greek name for fennel is marathon (μάραθον) or marathos (μάραθος), and the place of the famous battle of Marathon (whence Marathon, the subsequent sports event), literally means a plain with fennels [Wikipedia]
- 1/2 tsp of fennel seeds
- 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp of coriander seeds
- 3 cups of water
- Boil 3 cups of water.
- Add the cumin, coriander, and fennel seeds.
- Let it steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain and serve.
- Sip the drink throughout the day.
- It's important to take this tea hot or at lukewarm temperature.