Digest & Detox With CCF Tea (Cumin, Coriander & Fennel)

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This classic Ayurvedic CCF tea offers a powerhouse of digestive health benefits that are easily enjoyed by anyone who has cumin, coriander, and fennel seeds in their spice cabinet. (Which you probably do!) 

Overall, the taste of CCF tea is sweet, pungent, and bitter, with a mild, overall warming effect. It is dry, light, and clear, with a beautiful golden color when brewed. 

While the health benefits are many, what stands out CCF tea’s support for digestion (particularly for gas and bloating), absorption and assimilation of nutrients, and gentle detox benefits. 

Cumin, coriander, and fennel tea is also mildly diuretic, so its very helpful in the spring season, or whenever excess water retention is a concern.

cumin, coriander, fennel tea

10 Health Benefits of CCF Tea

  • stokes digestive fire and metabolism
  • encourages absorption and assimilation of nutrients
  • warms up circulation
  • cleanses the lymphatic system (detox)
  • reduces gas and bloating
  • gentle detox
  • relieves congestion
  • soothes inflammation
  • improves elimination
  • helpful for nausea, poisons, and toxicity

Health Benefits of Cumin, Coriander and Fennel

Cumin, coriander, and fennel are common spices used in Ayurvedic cooking, because they are fairly neutral in terms of heating and cooling effects, and therefore suitable for all doshas. 

Each spice is also packed with support for healthy digestion, as well as much, much, more.

CUMIN: Cumin is a powerhouse of digestive support that stimulates metabolism, controls gas, and relieves congestion. 

CORIANDER: Coriander also improves digestion and controls gas, but it also reduces inflammation, calms muscle spasms, and increases absorption and assimilation of nutrients. 

FENNEL: Due to its cooling quality, fennel is the best spice for Pitta types to support digestion. Fennel also relaxes the digestive tract, making it helpful for treating IBS. Fennel also helps to move lymph, and promotes breast milk, mental alertness, and fat burning. 


What Dosha Does CCF Tea Support? 

CCF tea is considered tridoshic, but Pitta types may find the cumin heating if they consume too much. A squeeze of fresh lime could help in that case.

Vata benefits from the warmth of this tea, as well as the digestive support, particularly for gas and bloating. 

Vata’s should be aware of the tea’s mild diuretic quality, which could dry them out. 

Kapha benefits similarly to Vata, but the mild diuretic effect that reduces excess water weight is even more supportive for Kapha.

Both Vata and Kapha types might enjoy this with honey on occasion.

I also love adding a couple slices of fresh ginger, and/or turmeric root or turmeric powder, for additional health benefits.

Turmeric is bitter, pungent, warming, and drying, and greatly supports circulation and blood cleansing. 

Ginger is warming and pungent, and supportive for nausea, indigestion, and inflammation.  

When Should I Drink CCF Tea?

I always encourage my students to drink a cup of hot water 15-30 minutes before their meals to hydrate the body so that it can easily manufacture the digestive juices required for comfortable digestion. 

Studies have shown that this simple practice can increase the efficacy of digestion by as much as 24-30 percent. 

Cumin, coriander and fennel tea is appropriate to drink prior to meals, or even with meals, as long as you don’t drink too much with meals. 

During meals, drink small sips if you feel the need, but as a general rule, avoid drinking too much liquid (more than a cup) with meals, since it can dilute the digestive juices. 

CCF tea

You can also sip CCF tea in between meals

So that is pretty much any time, but I don’t advise CCF tea in the evening, due to its diuretic quality. 

As with any Ayurvedic or herbal tea, 2-3 cups a day is a good rule. 

Try enjoying 2-3 cups a day for 2 weeks as an experiment to see how it makes you feel. 

How Do I Make CCF Tea?

To make the classic CCF tea, combine equal parts cumin, coriander, and fennel seeds. 

I suggest you make a bunch at a time. Use 1 tablespoon or 1/4 cup measures, and then store the tea in a glass jar. 

To brew the tea, choose from the following two methods. 

1. For a quick brew, steep with boiling water.

  1. Use 1 teaspoon seeds per cup of water.
  2. Place seeds in a basket and pour over boiling water. 
  3. Steep 5 minutes. 
  4. Remove tea basket and seeds, and enjoy. 

2. For a stronger brew, boil and strain.

  1. Use 1 teaspoon seeds per cup of water.
  2. Place seeds in a saucepan with the water. 
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes. 
  4. Strain and enjoy. 

For more warmth and support for both circulation and inflammation, add a few slices of ginger and some turmeric to your brew. 




  1. ann Metcalfe April 4, 2021at10:50 am

    I’m looking forward to trying the CCF tea. 💜 ☕️ ❤️

    1. andrea@goodgutayurveda.com April 4, 2021at11:04 am

      Thanks Ann. I hope you love it. You just reminded me. I am going to make some right now – LOL.

  2. Sheryl Willms April 6, 2021at7:16 pm

    Can’t wait to give this tea a try!

    1. andrea@goodgutayurveda.com April 8, 2021at5:25 pm

      Awesome. Hope you enjoy it — Andrea

      1. Tanisha mahajan August 13, 2022at6:58 am

        This tea lightens everything ✅💯 thanks😇 i am having it after meals

        1. andrea@goodgutayurveda.com August 13, 2022at12:22 pm

          Hi Tanisha,
          Thanks for sharing that. Your lighter feeling is a thing to celebrate indeed. It’s the digestive support and diuretic, cleansing effect!

    2. Laura November 25, 2022at8:14 am

      Awesome tea. It helps with weight loss, digestion, and insomnia. I love it.

      1. andrea@goodgutayurveda.com December 1, 2022at8:03 pm

        Amazing! I am happy to hear that it helps you!

  3. JEAN-CLAUDE EMILE PAUL LECLERCQ May 19, 2023at6:37 am

    i have a question, is it beter black cumin?
    Thank you

    1. andrea@goodgutayurveda.com May 20, 2023at9:19 pm

      Hi there,
      Thanks for the question. Black cumin is very strong in flavor, and almost smokey. It is not recommended for this tea.

  4. Lisa Klemm July 2, 2023at12:35 pm

    Is it necessary to briefly roast the dry seeds before brewing? I only say this because the CCF tea blend I bought seems to be visuably darker, especially the fennel. Maybe it doesn’t matter 🤔

    1. andrea@goodgutayurveda.com July 2, 2023at12:58 pm

      Hi Lisa,
      Thanks for the question. Roasting the seeds gives a different flavor, and slightly different quality. More earthy and grounding. This might be better for Vata and Pitta types. Typically the seeds are not roasted for CCF, but different blends on the market might do things uniquely. Different batches of seeds can appear different colors also. —Andrea


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