Healing teas from Ayurveda

In this article I share a curated collection of herbal tea recipes to support proper hydration.


Cooling electrolyte Tea

as thought by Dr. Lad at The Ayurvedic Institute


I have learned to make this infused water during the Summer Intensive Seminars at the Ayurvedic Institute with Dr. Vasant Lad. This tea supports deep hydration of the body and can be taken warm or cool (not cold, Ayurveda don't recommend cold beverages as it weakens the digestive fire).


Ingredients:

5-6 cups of boilling water

2 heaping teaspoons of Peppermint leaves

1/4 teaspoon of rock salt

jaggery (raw cane sugar) to taste

1 lime


Preparation: Pour the peppermint leaves in the boilling water and let it simmer for 2-3 min. Turn the heat off, let it cool down and strain. Squeeze the juice of one lime and add to the tea (do not boil the lime juice), add the sugar and salt.


Tulsi & lime tea


Ingredients:

5-6 cups of boilling water

2 heaping teaspoons of Tulsi leaves

jaggery (raw cane sugar) or raw honey to taste

1 lime


Preparation: Pour the Tulsi leaves in the boilling water and let it simmer for 2-3 min. Turn the heat off, let it cool down and strain. Let it cool down a little before adding the juice of one lime, the jaggery (raw cane sugar) or raw honey. Lime juice and honey should never be overheated, so keep in mind to allow your tea to cool down a little. I like to prepare my teas slightly concentrated so once the herbs infuse I add some water at room temperature, then the lime and honey without having to wait.


Known as the 'queen of herbs', Tulsi prevents and supports healing in certain respiratory illnesses including colds, cough, bronchitis, and asthma. Immunomodulatory, decongestant and expectorant, Tulsi can be source of great healing support at this time. The herb is also shown to be effective in regulating cortisol levels.



CCF Coriander, cumin and fennel synergy


Ingredients:

5-6 cups of boilling water

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon coriander seeds

1 teaspoon fennel seeds


Preparation: Add the ginger, cumin and coriander seeds to the boilling water and let it infuse for 5-10 min. Turn the heat off, let it cool down and strain. Let it cool down a little before adding the juice of one lime, the salt and pepper. When preparing teas from seeds, barks and rhyzomes the time needed for the plants to release their heaing properties to the the water is higher than when using leaves and flowers.


This is a classic Ayurvedic synergy and one of my apothecary best sellers. For many year now I've been witnessing small miracles resulting from the use of this simple synergy. My clients testimonials range from almost immediate relief from food intoxication to support in calming the side effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients. Fennel is a powerful lymph mover and the combination with the cooling properties of coriander and the antiseptic antioxidant properties of cumin, make this simple tea one of the best and most simple pantry remedies.



Digestive Ginger tea


Ingredients:

5-6 cups of boilling water

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon coriander seeds

1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

1/2 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice

two pinches of black pepper

two pinches of rock salt


Preparation: Add the ginger, cumin and coriander seeds to the boilling water and let it infuse for 5-10 min. Turn the heat off, let it cool down and strain. Let it cool down a little before adding the juice of one lime, the salt and pepper. When preparing teas from seeds, barks and rhyzomes the time needed for the plants to release their heaing properties to the the water is higher than when using leaves and flowers.


Ginger, lime & honey tea


I've learned this recipe from my dear friend, Gaby, in Argentina back in 2000. Years passed by and every time I prepare this tea I remind of my friend and our conversations about design, sustainability and fair trading. I can't make this tea without catching myself with my heart smiling. This simple synergy is one the best to reverse colds and to warm up the body in colder days. This came out to be one of my daughter's preferred preparations too, so my heart is often smiling! :-)


Ingredients:

1 cups of boilling water

1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger

the juice of 1/2 lime

honey to taste


Preparation: Add the grated ginger to the boilling water in a cup and let it infuse for 5 min. Add the lime juice, and honey. Drink it warm.



About the Author: Carol Jamault is a Certified Health & Life Coach, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Registered Yoga Instructor (RYT-200) with a solid background in design and branding. She supports her clients in stress management and self-care through an integrative approach to wellness by providing bodywork services, consultations, and curated information and products to restore balance, improve individual wellness, and to boost vitality. Carol has been studying alternative healing, ethnobotany, circadian medicine, and Ayurveda since 2001. She is the founder of Hridayam Bodywork & Apothecary.


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