Soothe Yourself This Winter with CCF Tea

Hand holding mug of tea

CCF tea is a soothing and healing tea that’s very easy to make. It’s an Ayurvedic recipe that is balancing for people, regardless of their constitution. I like to have it as a way to transition from work to rest / relaxation, which is a requirement for sleeping well.

The quick version of the recipe relies on a mug with a built-in infuser / strainer:

  1. Boil some water in a kettle or on the stove.
  2. While the water is boiling, place the following ingredients into the infuser:
    • 1 tsp cumin seeds (can reduce to 1/2 if taste is undesirable)
    • 1 tsp coriander seeds
    • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  3. Carefully pour boiling water into the mug and cover. Let steep for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Remove the top and the strainer, and savor the flavor!


  • If you make this a lot, buy your seeds at a local Indian grocery and save!
  • You can dry roast the seeds in a shallow pan until fragrant before adding them.
  • If you find the taste too unusual, some folks like to add a little honey.


  • Reduces inflammation (1)
  • Reduces bloating
  • Improves digestion (2)
  • Balances blood sugar
  • Reduces bad cholesterol levels
  • Clears up skin
  • Calms and soothes agitation
  • Helps with weight loss (drink as between-meal “snack”)
  • Improves respiratory function


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