This Three-seed Tea is sometimes called CCF Tea named after the three seeds that are in it, those being Cumin, Coriander and Fennel. It has been used in Ayurveda for a long time as a medicine for the digestive and urinary systems and symptoms such as bloating, gas, inflammation, urinary tract infections (UTIs) and cystitis. Its soothing action acts as a carminative and antispasmodic which enables these symptoms to be substantially reduced and promotes healthy digestion.
It has the ability to burn toxins (Ama) which block the channels in the body – this keeps your health in good shape. The tea would be very beneficial for those suffering from high Ama, particularly good in the late Winter and early Spring when we need to move any congestion in the body from our long hibernation as it aids in the detoxification process. Its also an essential addition to your cleanse menu.
This tea is known to be a diuretic so is great for water retention as well. Those who are already dehydrated or suffer from the dryness of Vata should be sure to limit their intake of it as this could cause further problems.
It can breakdown fat in the body and assist with weight loss, but this should not be the main purpose for drinking the tea. We need to understand its full effects on the body and our current health concerns before thinking this a good thing! If you are unsure whether you should drink this tea, check in with your doctor.
All of these herbs balance Vata, Pitta and Kapha and have a calming effect on the body. Its so simple but yet the benefits are so incredibly broad and you can easily brew it up or steep it just about anywhere.
- 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp Coriander seeds
- 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds
- 3 cups of water
- Either grind the seeds in a pestle and mortar or use them whole by placing them in a saucepan with the water
- Bring to the boil and let simmer for 5 minutes (or if you prefer you could just steep them in a tea ball infuser, add half the amounts of seeds and water in this case)
- Strain and serve
- Add some raw honey (unheated) once it has cooled a little if the flavour is too bitter for you and you need a bit of sweetness or alternatively a squeeze of lemon or lime
- You could make up larger batches, keep it in a thermos and sip throughout the day
Once you have tried this tea, it will certainly become a go-to home remedy that you will use again and again for the whole family – and much better than buying a fancy overpriced tea at the local healthfood store. Our kitchens are full of herbs and spices that we can use as natural medicines. Why not give it a try?
You can read more detail on each of these herbs on their separate blog posts (at this stage only the Coriander one is up – but the other two won’t be far away!).
Picture: Three seeds taken by Three Harmony