During summer, when the temperature rises, it’s important to stay cool. For centuries, Ayurvedic practitioners have believed that our body produces a toxin called “ama” at regular intervals that must be flushed out of our body or else it starts to accumulate and cause illnesses.
One of the traditional ways to flush out these toxins is a proper intake of water that has been infused with spices that possess “cooling” and digesting-boosting properties. Coriander and fennel seeds, both loaded with dietary fiber and powerful antioxidants, are considered as powerful as detoxification tonic. You can call this quick and easy concoction a “tea,” an “infusion” or simply “spiced water.”
With its sweet, astringent, and pungent flavour, Ayurvedic practitioners believe that coriander herbs are loaded with potential health benefits. In fact, in the Indian subcontinent, it is commonly known as “dhaniya” which means “the wealthy one.” Besides its healing properties, coriander promotes liver functions and bowel movements. Moreover, it helps to reduce cholesterol and prevents you from heart attacks or strokes.
Fennel seeds have a licorice-like taste, which freshens the mouth and beats bad breath. In Indian households, chewing plain or flavoured fennel seeds at the end of every spicy or heavy meal is a common practice. Furthermore, chewing fennel seeds boost nitrate content in saliva, which helps to keep a check on blood pressure levels. The essential oils and fiber in these seeds cleanse the body to prevent you from having indigestion, bloating, and constipation.
Together, the volatile oils in coriander and fennel seeds are known to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, carminative, and digestive properties.
Coriander and Fennel Water
- 8 glasses of water
- 1tsp. fennel seeds
- 1tsp. coriander seeds
- Mint leaves
Step 1: Boil the water for at least 2 minutes.
Step 2: After boiling for 2 minutes, take it off the heat and add the spices and the mint leaves.
Step 3: Let the spices remain infused in the boiled water for about 10 minutes.
Step 4: Store the tea in a thermos to keep it hot. You can then drink this spiced water throughout the day and reap digestion and heart-friendly benefits. During summer, before drinking this spiced water let it cool to room temperature. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend drinking spiced water at room temperature because cold water douses the digestive fire.
So, drinking spiced water at regular intervals cleanses the channels, hydrates the tissues and travels out carrying body waste and toxins.