The what. In Ayurveda health begins and ends with the living balance of Agni or ‘fire’ within our being, it’s described as the source of all prana, energy, health, strength, nourishment and lustre within the body. That sounds pretty important to me!
The why. When the weather becomes colder our digestive fire decreases as it retreats from the outer edges of the body into our centre, increasing our appetite to process the denser, richer foods that we tend to eat during this time. When we start to shift into Spring the combination of rich meals, poor food choices and stress can lead to the accumulation of toxins in the body, known as Ama.
Ama is formed when Agni, your digestive fire, is low. Excess ama in the body and mind can lead to weakened digestion and decrease your immune system function.
The how. So how do we ensure we reduce Ama and have the right balance of this vital agent of transformation and assimilation? Tea! A simple Agni tea can help rekindle a weak digestive fire to gently detoxify and renew balance in the body and mind after Winter.
A Tea For Each Constitution
Vata Tea — equal parts ground ginger, cumin and coriander
The warming ginger, cumin and coriander work together to increase the heat in the body whilst also helping to treat diarrhea, and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidants that help to fight bacteria and help control blood sugar.
Pitta Tea — equal parts ground cumin, coriander and fennel
Fennel relieves heat from the body and is a natural way to help relieve constipation, indigestion, IBS and bloating. It also has the added benefit of helping to purify the blood and decreasing water retention.
Kapha Tea — equal parts ground ginger, cinnamon, and a pinch of clove
All three of these ingredients are warming with clove containing eugenol which helps to ease digestion. All of these ingredients work together to increase the metabolism and also aid with regulating blood sugar.
To make these teas, simply steep the ingredients in hot water for 5min strain and drink. Having these teas after a meal will help to further ease the digestion.