Ayurveda has advocated certain diets and detoxifying recipes for specific problems including weight loss. There are plenty of drinks that help in maintaining good health. Herbal tea is an important and inevitable part of Ayurveda, and is prepared with various herbs and spices, aimed at treating specific illness and to keep up overall health and immunity.
Here are few such tea recipes. Have them based on your specific needs and body conditions:
For Digestion: Boil three cups of water and add a teaspoon each of cumin seeds, coriander seeds and fennel seeds. Remove from flame and let it rest for about 5 minutes. Strain, add honey and drink.
For sore throat: The leaves of tulsi (basil) help to fight off germs and natural ingredients like tulsi and lemon are a good combination for soothing the throat. Add 10-15 tulsi leaves (Indian basil) to one-and-a-half cups of water and boil for 10 minutes. Strain and add a tablespoon of lemon juice and drink warm. Add honey for sweetening, if required.
For allergies: A warm ginger tea can give you relief from allergies. Boil a cup of water in a teapot, by adding 1/8 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger and half freshly squeezed lemon. Stir well, strain. Pour into a cup, and when warm, add a tablespoon of honey and drink. This tea can be had at least three times a day for relief from allergies.
For cold and cough: Boil a cup of water, add a bit of clove powder, one-half teaspoon each of fennel seeds, ginger powder and cinnamon. Allow to steep for about five minutes after removing from flame. Drink through the day.
For Asthma (wheezing): Prepare Licorice tea by boiling the licorice root in a cup of water for about 2 minutes. Add 5 to 10 drops of mahanarayan oil into this before use, and drink this once every five to 10 minutes during an attack of asthma. Sometime, this may induce vomiting, but it is beneficial as it removes excess kapha and reduces bronchial spasm, and the well-being improves immediately.
For kidney stone: Boil 26gm Hauber, 24gm Gokshru, 25gm Varun and 25gm Punernava (all in powdered form) in water. Strain and drink. Being a diuretic, this increases volume of urine excreted, prevents stone formation and dissolves the kidney stone.
For relief from constipation: Grind together 90gm herb senna and 10gm corriander seeds, boil the mixture in water and drink regular. This relieves constipation.
Tea for vata dosha: Boil ¼ teaspoon each of freshly grated ginger, ground cardamom, cinnamon, ajwan seeds in a cup of water. Steep for five minutes, strain and serve. This balances vata dosha.
Tea for pitta dosha: Boil ¼ teaspoons each of cumin seeds, corriander seeds, fennel, fresh cilantro, and rose petals in a cup of water. Strain and add the herb mixture to it. Steep for five minutes, strain and serve.
Tea for Kapha dosha: Boil ¼ teaspoon each of dry ginger, fenugreek seed, dil seed, one clove, and a cup of water. Steep for five minutes, strain and serve.
For detoxification: Boil 4 to 5 cups of water in the morning. Continue to boil for five minutes with lid on by adding half-a-teaspoon each of whole cumin seeds, coriander seeds and fennel seeds. Strain the seeds and pour the tea into a thermos. The tea has to be made fresh every morning, and it is best to drink it warm.
Ayurvedic / herbal teas, apart from their cleansing and purifying effects, also help your body to recover from several maladies. Drinking ayurvedic tea is a great way to make you feel more energetic and healthier.