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The tea improves fat and sugar metabolism, increases enzymes, scavenges free radicals, reduces bad cholesterol and helps in weight loss. Cumin, Coriander and Fennel tea, also known as CCF tea, has its roots in the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. The trio of cumin, coriander and fennel seeds is a great digestive tonic. These three spices work together to cleanse the intestinal tract and create energy. Although this is a very simple recipe, the benefits are very great. I often recommend this to my clients because of its effects on digestion and well-being.
How to make Cumin, Coriander and Fennel Tea – CCF
Combine equal parts by measure of cumin, coriander and fennel seeds and store in a glass jar. You can either purchase the seeds in bulk individually or you can order the mixture from Banyan Botanicals. Fill a tea ball with the seeds and pour one cup of hot water over it letting the seeds steep about five to ten minutes. If you do not have a tea ball, measure 1 teaspoon seeds into a cup, pour hot water over the seeds and strain before drinking. If you like ginger, you can add a few slices of fresh ginger and let this steep as well. In a pinch, you can use ground spices, but the whole seeds will be fresher and more potent. Freshly ground seeds are ok to use too.
You can add a bit of stevia, or a little raw honey to the tea after it has cooled down a bit if you prefer a slightly sweet taste.
Although CCF tea can be drunk anytime I usually have a cup in the afternoon. It is slightly diuretic so I do not recommend drinking it after dinner.
Another nice way to drink the tea is to fill a thermos and sip on it throughout the day. This is especially helpful if you are trying to lose weight.
In the summer, you can make the tea and let it cool to room temperature before drinking. It is never a good idea to consume iced drinks as these will deplete your digestion rather than supporting it.
In addition to better digestion, you might experience more energy, clearer thinking, clearer skin, less joint pain and a calmer mind.
A happy digestive system is the root of good health. So drink up and feel great!
I'm Shivani Chase. I love to help people learn how to live the best life they can using Ayurveda, yoga, compassion and common sense.