Ritual 4: Sip On Spices

Spices are a powerful way to support a strong gut or what is referred to in Ayurveda as the digestive fire (agni) - incorporating these beautiful herbs into your drinks is an easy ritual to build that fire. We promise your stomach will thank you.

The Beauty of Spices:

Your spice cupboard is an incredible source for immune building, inflammation fighting and gut healing properties and turning to the spices in the morning before you eat or a digestive aid during the day can nurture your health and even brighten your skin. Consider the variations below for today’s warm drink or even search the tea aisle in your local grocery store for a blend that appeals to you. While each spice has its own unique magic, incorporating some foundational ingredients like ginger and cumin will go a long way at supporting your mind, body and soul.

Easy Ways To Incorporate Spices Into Your Morning Routine

CCF tea stands for cumin, coriander and fennel tea. It’s a traditional Ayurvedic tea blend designed to soothe digestive distress and promote very gentle detoxification.

The simplest recipes combine equal parts organic cumin, coriander, and fennel seeds and store them in a glass jar.
To serve, add one rounded teaspoon per person to your teapot, let it steep in boiling water for at least 5 minutes, then pour and enjoy.

Chai Tea
Chai Tea does not also taste amazing but it has different properties, is a great source of antioxidants, which work to reduce free radicals in the body and promote cellular health. The ingredients in the Chai Tea have been shown to help boost heart health. Black tea contains flavonoids, which are a special compound that holds the key to many of black tea’s important health benefits.

How to Make Chai Tea at Home
Traditional chai tea is prepared with full-bodied black tea, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, milk, and sugar.
]You’ll need roughly one part milk to two parts water, lots of tea leaves or tea bags, strong infusion, plenty of sugar, and optional addition of sweet spices.

Bring water, milk and chai spices to a simmer in a small saucepan on the stove.
Reduce heat and add in black tea.
Wait for tea to steep.
Strain the warm spiced mixture into a mug; this will hold back the whole spices and tea leaves.
Stir sugar into your chai and sweeten to taste.

Ginger Tea
Ginger tea aids digestion, helps soothe upset stomachs, and can reduce nausea.

How to Make Ginger Tea
Thinly slice fresh ginger. Plan on about using about a one-inch piece of ginger per cup of tea.
In a saucepan, combine the ginger with fresh water (use one cup of water per serving).
Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer.
Simmer for five minutes (or up to 10 minutes, if you want extra-strong tea).

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