Sometimes, you can find the best remedies right in your own spice rack. And CCF tea; which stands for Cumin, Coriander, and Fennel is one of the most seemingly simple yet wonderfully complex teas in the Ayurvedic world. Western studies back up the benefits of all three spices for aiding gut health, fighting inflammation, and even helping with weight loss. The CCF blend is also tridoshic, meaning it works for any of the three dosha blends, or Ayurvedic constitutions. If you aren't sure what your dosha type is, you can take our quick quiz here.
Calling it a tea is a bit of a leap, because when preparing CCF what you're really creating is a decoction. A decoction is a concentrated liquor resulting from heating or boiling a substance, especially a medicinal preparation made from a plant. Regardless, the benefits of CCF tea don't just stop there. The spices in this tea blend are sweet, salty, pungent, and bitter in taste – which have corresponding moistening, drying, hot and cool energetics – collectively having the net effect of being balancing to each of the three doshas. To analyze this a bit further:
Cumin: salty, pungent > hot > pacifies Vata and Kapha
Coriander: bitter > dry, cooling > decreases Pitta (balances the heat from cumin)
Fennel: sweet > moistening, cooling > decreases Pitta (balances the heat from cumin)
In Ayurvedic medicine, this trio are used to gently stoke your digestive fire, referred to as agni. When the digestive fire is healthy, the body is able to absorb and utilize the nutrients from food better, and effectively break down ama, or accumulated toxins.
CCF Tea can...
Reduce flatulence (phew!)
Calm spasms in the gut
Ease abdominal pain
Stimulate the appetite
Ease nausea and vomiting
Additionally, these benefits have been shown in research for these specific spices (although I cannot simply say that CCF will absolutely do these things, the research is there and readily available).
Promote the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers. Additionally, cumin is a source of iron, a mineral in high demand during lactation, and the postpartum period. In fact, low levels of iron are a contributing factor to Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety.
Be used topically to treat conjunctivitis
Soothe menstrual cramps
Support respiratory health (by relaxing the bronchioles and opening up the airways)
Help balance blood glucose
Stimulate lymphatic flow
Promote mental clarity
Our digestion can often be a bit of an indicator for our current stress levels. And in Ayurveda, it is believed that all sources of disease and imbalances originate in the gut. Strong digestion is absolutely necessary to maintain good health according to Ayurveda and according to more recent western discoveries of the role that good digestion and a healthy gut play for both health of mind and body. Each of these seeds has its own long list of benefits by itself and, taken together as a decoction, it’s a wonderful remedy for general digestive health. Support local! Purchase Sabbath Schrader, RN's/Sacred Health CCF Tea HERE!