Makes 4 small teacups of Digestive tea.

Ingredients:

  • Ginger, crushed slightly: 5cm piece
  • Coriander seeds: 4 tsp (crushed)  
  • Ground Cinnamon: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Star Anise (make sure it is Chinese star anise, not Japanese, as the Japanese variety may be toxic) : 4 pods
  • Palm jaggery (or brown sugar) or honey: to taste                                                                
  • Milk of your choice (optional)

You could substitute any of the above ingredients for a piece of fresh turmeric,  for it’s wonderful anti-inflammatory and liver protective properties.

Method:

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to boil. Add the ginger, crushed coriander seeds, ground cinnamon and star anise pods; lower heat and simmer for 3–4 minutes. Remove from heat and strain.
  2. Add the palm jaggery or honey and stir until it dissolves.
  3. Add milk if desired
  4. Serve hot.

Ginger is a wonderful anti-inflammatory

Star Anise may help to settle bloating, nausea, constipation and cramping.

Coriander seeds may help digestion by reducing bloating, constipation and indigestion. It is also an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, so it may be important to help reduce the damage done by the intermediaries produced by an overactive Phase 1 Liver Detoxification pathway.

Cinnamon is an amazing anti-oxidant as well as stabilising blood sugar which makes it fantastic as an after-dinner digestive tea. Like coriander seeds, it could be very important for Phase 1 Liver Detoxification.

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