questions, comments & reviews for cumin, coriander & fennel tea
(5.00 out of 5 stars) 8 reviews
there's still snow up here in Massachusetts. But I have a lot of water retention. Can I start drinking this tea now or do I have to wait until the snow melts?
- Cecile Garcia, Randolph, MA, 02-20-13
For the CCF tea, must the spices be whole? I have coriander and cumin powdered. Is there any way to use those instead in the tea? Thanks, Susan Eisner
- Susan, AL, 02-20-13
Dear Cecile - You can start drinking the tea now - no need to wait for daffodils. This tea will still help.
Dear Susan - The spices don't have to be whole, but generally ground spices lose their medicinal value very quickly, in a matter of minutes, as volatile oils evaporate.
I have heard that the most benefit comes from grinding whole seeds just prior to steeping them. What do you think?
- Betsy Brown, Manchester, MA, 02-20-13
Grinding them will lower the amount of time needed to steep the tea, and release volatile oils more readily. Great idea.
You mean the tumeric and cheyenne pepper that I bought at the super market in the spice department is of no health benefit?
- Noreen McDonough, Bristol, VT, 02-20-13
This tea is great,I put it on in the morning, leave it to keep warm, and sip all day. We drink this(at work,my staff and clients) during this time of the year, it helps with starting a cleanse. Often drink it for light headaches, does the trick,just takes a little getting used to.
Turmeric and cayenne may last a bit longer, since they are less aromatic than CCF. However, even these spices should be stored in a foil wrapped container, with the air removed. That will help preserve the medicinal value. Since repeated opening and closing of the container causes volatile oils to escape, often I will remove a week's worth of spices into a smaller container.
Should we drink it every day throughout the spring time? or for a month? How long?
- Eliana, Kissimmee, FL, 02-20-13
Luscious tea! I can feel the healing effects all day.
How about lightly roasting the seeds first to bring out the oils, or will this kill the medicinal effect?
I really like this tea and love what it is doing to my body. I'm excited to try other recipes.
Dear Eliana - Since these spices are food grade, you can drink this tea long term. But it does depend on individual constitution.
I am trying this as I read the reviews. I find it very soothing and relaxing. I intend to make this my new tea of choice!
- Pat, OK, 03-01-13
I really like ginger in my tea. Would it be OK to add fresh ginger root when it is steeping, or would that mess with the detoxing effect of the tea?
- Kerry Firth, Baldwin, NY, 03-19-13
This is a great tea. I make it with the addition of roses. I am pitta predominant and live in a hot climate so the roses were advised to balance that.
Dear Kerry - Yes it is okay to add fresh ginger root and experiment. How does it change the qualities of the tea in your opinion? Best, -John
how often do you recommend drinking the tea? 1 cup a day or more? to reap it's benefits?
- Mary, 04-28-13
You can drink 1-2 cups per day.
I just received my herbs today. Can I put the seeds in a cheesecloth bag to steep it?
- retch939, 05-06-13
Viviana - Yes this tea may actually help nursing.
Yes, you can steep them in cheesecloth. Or, pour them through a colander after steeping.
If I sip this all day, can I leave the seed pouch in all day?
- Frank, 05-12-13
Yes, but overbrewing tea often makes it more bitter.
Does this tea helps with weitgh loss? I also added a few seeds of cardomon and a bit of honey?
- Mary, 05-16-13
See the ayurvedic notes above concerning weight loss. Honey is great!
Should I let the seeds to boil in the water or just put the boiling water on top of the seeds?also I live In Miami and its very hot here. Can I drink the tea every day or just in spring ?
- Sonia, 07-31-13
You have many options - the main issue is preventing evaporation of volatile oils (the medicinal constituent). The easiest way is to pour boiling water over the seeds, then cover immediately and let sit for ten minutes.
I love the flavor of the seeds. Can I consume them?
after the tea is brewed
- , 10-09-13
I've had high cholesterol for years, but after drinking 5 cups of CCF tea daily, for 3-4 months my triglycerides are normal and my overall cholesterol is close to normal. That was the only consistent change in my diet. My doctor was very happy since I refused to take conventional meds. Does CCF tea help to reduce cholesterol? I don't know what else could have had this effect. I won't stop drinking it!
Iam kapha predominant. Can i drink this even in winter?
- Ratnamala Vanka, San jose, CA, 11-25-13
Enjoy CCF tea year round!
Is it okay add stevia and lemon to enhance the taste?
- Sam, 12-01-13
Stevia and lemon is fine in the tea. Enjoy!
Just wanted you to know that the herbs and spices from Joyful Belly are the best! This tea is wonderful and really does work.
In the winter in India we also add fresh ginger to this. Generally no sweetener is added to these kinds of beverages which are used to cleanse, digest, relieve congestive symptoms, etc. Also, certain spices are used powdered and others whole or lightly crushed. In this case, none of the spices would be powdered. If you're adding ginger, smash a 1/2 or 1 inch knob of ginger with a pestle or knife and throw it in with everything else. Grating isn't necessary, and will also result in a very gingery brew.
- Payal, 01-09-14
Can you drink this while being pregnant?
Always check with your doctor on pregnancy issues.
- David McKaig, Asheville, NC, 01-10-14