Ayurvedic Cleansing Support & How to make digestive tea
Ayurveda encourages a life that is regularly supportive of our body’s natural cleansing and detoxification processes. Everyday, our body is going through a complete system cleanse with the help of our liver, lymphatic system, and kidneys. Everything we eat, drink, and are environmentally exposed to on a daily basis must go through our innate detoxification system. When we are living in alignment with the basic ayurvedic principles of healthy cleansing, we rarely need to devote ourselves to any kind of cleanse overhaul.
Ayurvedic Principles of Cleansing
The practice of an intentional Ayurvedic cleanse is deeply nourishing, and generally designed to minimize the variety of inputs we consume on a daily basis. An example would be a few days of consuming only kitchari with herbal tea, and practicing self massage. Ayurveda also has several daily practices that contribute to a balanced and aligned body long-term. These include:
Preparing and eating whole foods, seasonally when possible.
Not over-eating, and learning to listen to your body’s intuitive cues of hunger and fullness.
Exercising and moving throughout the day to encourage flexibility and lymphatic flow.
Engaging in massage or self massage with warming oils to soothe our skin and encourage lymphatic drainage.
Devoting at least 8 hours to good quality sleep each night.
Drinking an appropriate amount of fluids throughout the day.
These principles are daily habits that support all of our body systems, and especially encourage a healthy feeling of vitality. When we incorporate these principles into our daily life, we should not need to engage in a 30-day or quick fix “cleanse” that is often depleting on our body systems, and not sustainable to continue long term.
Learn More: Cleansing for Each Dosha
When we engage in consuming highly processed and sugary foods, live a sedentary life, lack time for quality sleep, and do not consume enough fluids and healthy fiber in our day, our detoxification system becomes strained, and we may present with signs of imbalance such as constipation, heartburn, skin breakouts or irritation, joint and muscle pain, or a weakened immune system.
These habits all add up over time, and dosha imbalances and symptoms may be gradual for us to notice. That’s why it’s important to practice daily habits to support our body’s natural ability to cleanse and detoxify.
CCF Tea: The Traditional Ayurvedic Digestive Supporting Tea
A classic Ayurvedic herbal tea to support daily cleansing and digestion is CCF tea -
Cumin + Coriander + Fennel.
The trio of these three herbs are warming to the circulation and digestion but not too much to be overheating. It is designed to be gently stimulating to our digestive fire (in Ayurveda known as agni), to enhance our digestion and improve detoxification, and provide a sense of grounding and nourishment to our body systems.
CCF Tea Recipe
1 teaspoon Fennel seeds
1 teaspoon Coriander
1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
Add the herbs into a teapot and cover with 16 ounces of very warm, filtered water. Let steep for 10 minutes, covered. Serve warm, or sip throughout the day. This is a lovely tea to make first thing in the morning, keep it warm and enjoy throughout your entire day or night.
More Pukka Teas to Support Cleansing and Detoxification
Herbal heroes such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, fennel, nettle, dandelion, burdock and aloe vera are all wonderful to use every day to encourage gentle cleansing and optimal digestive function.
Author: Lindsay Kluge
Herbal Educator, Pukka Herbs US
Lindsay is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist with a passion for bringing plants and people together. Through her work as a teacher and practitioner, she is passionate about helping people feel empowered in their health through community organic gardening, health education, and connection with nature. She has worked in clinical practiced with naturopathic doctors and MD’s alike, bridging the gap between alternative and conventional medicine to bring comprehensive, research based botanical medicine to her local communities. With an undergraduate degree in horticulture and a Masters in herbal medicine, plants are Lindsay's love language. She currently serves as the herbal educator for Pukka Herbs in the US, and teaches clinical nutrition at her alma mater, the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is a guest lecturer at herbal medicine schools and conferences throughout the US.
MS Herbal Medicine
Years of Experience:
10+ years as a clinical herbalist and nutritionist practitioner