Just a few weeks back I talked about how I love that this season incorporates so many delicious and indulgent baked goods. It’s true that I love my sweets, but unfortunately I have a weaker stomach and excess sugar tends to make it a bit upset. Every evening, instead of reaching for something indulgent before bed, I have a cup of detox tea to help my stomach digest. This has been a regular practice since my days at St. Andrews with my friend Lizzie.
There is nothing Indian specifically about this detox tea except that I’m using a few popular spices we use in Indian cuisine to encourage digestion. There used to be a specific tea brand we used to get at St. Andrews, so it made sense that I tried to re-create my own.
So as we take on the last few weeks of the holidays with mince pies, pastries filled with marzipan, and endless loaves of stollen bread why not try this detox tea either with it or after to help your digestion! They incorporate the spices we see in Christmas treats anyways.
Meet the Spices
Fennel Seeds - Fennel is a flowering plant from the carrot species and the seeds provide a wide range of health benefits backed by science! With a slight licorice flavor, the potent seeds provide anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The seeds also contain the essential mineral manganese essential for enzyme activation and blood sugar regulation.
Cardamom - The seeds including the pods have a beautiful floral aroma and a taste that has been compared to mint. Cardamom is similar to fennel seeds in that it helps regulate blood sugar, but also it is a great source of antioxidants within this detox tea.
Star Anise - Very popular in Ancient Chinese and Indian medicine, the spice has amazing healing properties. The seeds are high in iron, it has similar properties as fennel and cardamom, and can regulate acid secretion in your stomach. When I was younger, my mom would always have me drink star anise tea to calm our stomach with a bit of ginger. It’s a key ingredient in this detox tea!
Do you have your own detox tea recipe or have you ever tried a detox tea like this?
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 2 star anise
- 6 cardamom pods
- 1 tsp honey, optional
Combine the water, fennel seeds, star anise, and cardamom pods in a pot and place over the stove on high heat. Let the mixture boil for about 3 minutes then remove from heat and let is sit for about 10 minutes.
You can weaken the mixture by topping up with additional hot water to a half cup or enjoy a full bodied detox tea by drinking a cup!