Also know as Prime Tea, as outlined in The Prime by Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary, this simple, home brewed tea has been a life saver for me!
I’ve recently been reading a lot about Ayurvedic Medicine – it really appeals to me and I hope to start incorporating the principles into my health protocols.
Ayurvedic Medicine – An Ancient Healing Art
Ayurvedic Medicine is the ancient healing art practiced in India for thousands of years. It gives us many traditional home remedies and common sense guidelines.
For instance, oil pulling for dental health and gentle detoxification comes right out of Ayurvedic principles.
Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary’s book The Prime, concentrates on many Ayurvedic principles that can easily be included into your life to enhance your health. I highly recommend her book.
This 3 Seed Digestive Tea is useful for any digestive or gut issue and it also has the added bonus of helping to cut sugar cravings (yea!) and help in gentle weight loss.
The combination is a warming blend that will help rev up the circulation, purify the blood and lymphatics and cause a gentle detoxification effect.
Great for spring cleaning!
I have just started to drink the tea on a daily basis – as Dr. Chaudhary recommends (about a quart a day) – and I am already feeling better. Just the fact that I am drinking more fluids is a help – something most of us have to concentrate on.
This tea is also a diuretic and it helps lose water weight. In this regard it is also very cleansing. I’m drinking more and flushing toxins out more. It’s wise to stop drinking the tea by late afternoon so you are not up at night having to urinate.
I can say that it energizes me in the afternoon when I tend to get a little tired – that 4 o’clock slump. That’s when I make sure I drink a cup or two of the tea so I’m not looking for something sweet. It helps.
3 Seed Tea for Digestive Complaints
Cumin is an herb that has been used for thousands of years. There is evidence that cumin was used as a remedy as found in the tombs of ancient Egypt and in writings from ancient India.
Cumin has a long history of use for digestive issues, to help balance blood sugar and for respiratory issues.
Coriander is actually the seed of the Cilantro plant and has been used in Asia for thousands of years. There is evidence of its use in ancient Egypt and India as well.
This is an herb that has also been known as a digestive aid and has also been used for respiratory issues and nerves. It is a calming agent.
The vegetable fennel has got to be one of my favorites for adding into sautes and soups. It gives a fresh, bright flavor to these dishes.
Here again, it is an herb with a history all over the world for use with digestive, respiratory and also as a calming agent.
Fennel is often used for nursing mothers to improve milk supply. It will also help calm a colicky breast fed baby when the mother takes it.
The seeds have a wonderful fragrance and make this tea more palatable.
Benefits of 3 Seed Tea – Cumin, Coriander, Fennel
- Calming an Overactive Digestive Tract – As noted above, all of the spices used in this recipe are well known for their carminative (reduce bloating and gas) properties.
- Weight Loss – This tea may help facilitate fat loss according to some anecdotal evidence as reported by Dr. Chaudhary and others. It is also a diuretic and you will lose some water weight.
- Increased Milk Supply in Nursing Mothers – Fennel and cumin are often recommended in herbal supplements to help increase milk supply.
- Calming for Colicky Breast Fed Babies – The calming effects on the mother who drinks the tea will be transmitted through the breast milk.
Dr. Chaudhary recommends that you drink the tea warm, because that really activates the herbs. Ayurvedic principles seem to recommend warm food and drinks for many conditions.
Others have made this into iced tea and prefer it like that. As with all herbal teas, whether hot or cold, drink it regularly for a while and then rotate it with other herbal teas.
- 1 tsp cumin seed
- 1 tsp coriander seed
- 1 tsp fennel seed
- 5 - 6 cups water
- Add the seeds to a pot of boiling water (or put in a tea ball or bag)
- Bring to a simmer for 5 - 10 minutes depending upon how strong you like it
- Cool, then strain through a fine metal strainer into a glass jar or bottle
- Drink immediately and save the rest for later
Some optional additions to the tea could be a squirt of lemon or lime or a small amount of either cinnamon or ginger.
Personally, I use a little less cumin and a little more fennel and brew it with a stick of cinnamon.
It’s not the best tasting tea, but its health benefits far outweigh a taste you can develop a liking for.
Have you ever had this tea? Have you had good results with it? Leave a comment and let me know!
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