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The seeds will begin to release the flavors and oils into the water, turning it a ‘tea’ color. I usually let the seeds steep for at least 10 minutes. You will notice the mixture gets darker as time passes. Strain the seeds and serve when at a temperature you enjoy. You can also serve chilled or over ice, although most people I’ve talked to prefer it warmer or at room temperature. To strain, I place a doubled over paper towel over the cup and let the tea drain though, but you can use coffee filters or strainers also. I does not hurt to swallow the seeds either, so you technically don’t even have to strain. Myself, I prefer no seeds in my drinks! You can click the images below for a larger view.
Shown after adding hot water, but before steeping has occurred.
|Shown after about 10 minutes on the coffee maker hot pad.|
There is no recommended amount of the tea to drink per day, but you do need to give it at least 14 days of use on a regular basis to see the health benefits. I usually drink 3-5 ceramic coffee size cups size per day (at least one with each meal). CCF Tea is generally safe for all, as it’s all natural… However, if you have any questions or concerns, contact your health care provider before you start.
Side note: You can add a splash of honey for additional flavoring. Some have even reported a splash of almond milk or maple syrup can add a nice flavor burst.
So who are the key players in this tea, and what are their roles? We will take a look at this part of it now…
- Cumin – this spice/seed is bitter tasting by itself. It has a very distinct taste and smell and is frequently used in Indian and Asian based cuisines. It assists with digestion by activating our salivary glands. It helps to cleanse and detoxify the body while helping to reduce pain, coughing, bloat, cramps, hemorrhoids, stress, anxiety and gas thanks to its essential oils, fiber, sodium and magnesium content. This spice is rich in Iron and calcium.
- Coriander – this seed comes from Cilantro plants and is the sweeter of the seeds used in the CCF collection. It is used to relieve joint pain, assist with lowering of cholesterol in the blood, assist with blood sugar disorders, reduce diarrhea outbreaks, reduce rashes, relieve congestion, reduce skin irritations, reduce blood pressure and can be used to reduce body heat. This seed is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Calcium and other essential minerals. It has also been noted to carry stronger anti-histamine properties, that can reduce the amount of medicines some have to take for seasonal allergies. Note: Coriander can cause some allergic reactions, mainly skin irritations, which is odd considering it is reported to reduce skin irritations! Consult your doctor if you experience issues with Coriander.
- Fennel – this seed can help prevent indigestion, reduce gas, reduce constipation and thanks to this seeds high source of potassium, it can assist with the lowering of blood pressure. The increase in potassium is thought to assist with brain function. It is helpful with the reduction of heartburn, bloating and diarrhea. This seed is high in Vitamin C, which is good for overall immune system function and health. Fennel can be useful for assisting women with pre-menstrual tension, water retention and in assisting with lactation in pregnant women. This seed can be chewed directly to assist with heartburn reduction and freshen breath after spicy meals. It should be used in moderation though, as too much Fennel can actually be bad for you!
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