SAVOURY DIGESTIVE TEA
This tea does wonders to balances the digestive fire. It might sound a little strange, but whenever I have had it brewing, friends have been surprised how good it is and have brought this recipe into their own lives. Full of electrolytes and digestives, this tea is a wonderful way to rehydrate the body as it is easily absorbed and assimilated.
- Gently simmer 1 quart water with ½ to 1 tsp each of cumin, coriander & fennel (& a little fresh ginger if not Pitta dosha) for 5-10 mins.
- Strain into your cup and add a dash of Bragg’s amino acids, a touch of miso or rock salt & some lemon/lime juice ( & a pinch of asafoetida for Vata).
Kapha may add some cayenne and black pepper
The seeds may be boiled a few times before losing their flavor. Take throughout the day, making sure it is at least 1 hour before eating to avoid drowning the digestive fire, or sip 1&1/2 hour after eating a meal.
HERBAL TEA BLENDS
Here are some lovely tasting Dosha balancing herbal tea recipes. Experiment and invest some time going to a good health food shop that sells the loose teas so you can see them, smell them and tune into them. Learn how to blend them in the proportions which taste good to you. Some herbs are stronger in flavor and need less of. A good coffee press (that doesn’t have the scent of coffee in it) is an easy way to prepare the herbal teas – by simple adding the loose teas that you have mixed into the pot, fill with hot water , steep for 10 minutes, press and serve.
- hibiscus/ rosella, alfalfa, chrysanthemum, lemon balm gotu kola, lemongrass, mint and mother2ort
- Coriander, fennel and cumin
- Jasmine, rose and red clover, passion flower and chamomille
- Dandelion and burdock
1)anise, gotu kola and fenugreek
2) chai spices with licorice, nutmeg, sassafras and sarsaparilla
3) fennel and comfrey root
4) safflower, oatstraw, lotus and chamomille
1) hibiscus/ rosella, alfalfa, juniper berries, & nettle
- eucalyptus, sage, rosemary and thyme
- chai spices of cinnamon, cardomn, clove, pepper and ginger with orange peel
- anise and orange peel
NUTRITIVE TEA :A Simple Multi-Vitamin Tea
Mix equal-ish parts according to taste – alfalfa, red raspberry, red clover, horsetail, oatstraw, nettle, licorise, rose, moringa & spearmint. You may add good tasting herbs specific to your condition to the mix ( see teas for the doshas ) .take a 3 finger pinch, steep in at least a pint almost boiling hot water & strain or drink through a mate straw.