Friday, January 04, 2008
RECIPE ~ Cleansing Tea for Weight Loss & Rejuvenation
Happy New Year! A perfect time to share another gem from Food As Medicine by Dharma Singh Khalsa, where he shares this recipe which "has been used for centuries to dissolve fatty tissue... improves the beauty and youthfulness of the skin, cleanses the mucous membrane of the colon, and is an excellent source of vitamin C... is a diuretic and
helps reduce water retention, balances the appetite, and minimizes food cravings. Drink 2 or 3 glasses a day for weight loss purposes."
1/3 cup fresh or 1/4 cup dried mint leaves
2 cups cumin seeds
1 Tbsp fresh or concentrated tamarind
1/2 tsp black salt
4 lemons, sliced
1/2 Tbsp black pepper
3 litres filtered water
Combine all the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. (I also added a tablespoon of fennel seeds for flavour.) Lower heat and continue to boil, covered, on low heat for 2 hours. You may have to add up to 2 cups more water. Strain. Serve hot or cold. Store for up to 1 week refrigerated. The ingredients may be reused once to make more tea.
Makes 2 1/2 to 3 litres.
FOR INDIVIDUAL DOSHAS
This healing beverage is tri-doshic, though best suited for Pitta and Kapha types who have excess fluids or toxins stored in their bodies.
A Note About Spices and Pregnancy
Many of my friends are pregnant at the moment so it's on my mind what should be avoided in the diet during pregnancy. Weight loss during pregnancy is never a good idea, but after is safe if it's done gently and naturally (especially to keep breastmilk healthy and flowing). This recipe above contains a large amount of cumin, and although most household spices and herbs can be used as light seasonings during pregnancy, some could cause premature labor or miscarriage, especially if used in large quantities. These include anise, aniseed oil, basil oil, caraway, celery seed or oil, chili, cinnamon, cumin, fennel, lavender, marjoram, nutmeg, nutmeg oil, oregano, parsley, peppermint oil, raspberry leaf, rhubarb, rosemary, rosemary oil, saffron, sage, sage oil and thyme oil. Here is a page with a comprehensive list of herbs and spices to avoid during pregnancy, and another one with unsafe vs. beneficial herbs.