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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Detox, Detox - Ginger Tea & Cardomom Chamomile Tea

Ginger Tea 2

Camomile Cardamom Tea

Detox Heroes Collage

I don't want to see another pineapple tart, another peanut cookie or another slice of Kueh Lapis. I have sinfully, shamelessly over eaten. My digestive tract has been so overstuffed that the sight of even the most delectable food begins to irk me. I can feel a constant bloatedness. It has only been 2 days and I have actually taken care to skip breakfast and only eat lunch and dinner but still I can literally feel the wall of my stomach and digestive tract lined with a stubborn layer of fat, undigested goo...

I have to work off some of those extra calories and purge the rest out fast! After taking my bike out for a 20km spin, I feel decidedly  revitalised. I may be imagining it, but I thought my tummy felt a little less bloated after the workout.
One of my favourite ingredients for relieving digestive problems and bloatedness is the trusted ginger. As I searched for alternative remedies to aid digestion, I also found a Cardamom and Chamomile Tea which not only helps in digestion but will serve well as a nightcap for a restful sleep as well. Most of us will know the calming effect of chamomile tea and those who frequent Indian restuarants will be familiar with the way they would serve cardamom at the and of a meal to freshen breath and aid digestion.
The beauty of it all is , I have all the ingredients in my larder (yes, again!) - so no sweat and no extra money to be spent :-)


Recipe :

Cardomom & Chamomile Tea
2 tbsp          loose leafed Chamomile Tea.
8                 Cardamom pods,crushed
1 litre           Water

Ginger Tea
100g              Fresh ginger, thinnly sliced
1.5 litres         Water

Method :

Cardamom & Chamomile Tea
1. Combine ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to boil.
2. Reduce heat, simmer, uncovered for 5 mins. Cool 5 mins, strain.


Ginger Tea
1. Combine ingredients in medium saucepan, bring to a boil.
2. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered about 15mins or until liquid has reduced by a third.
Cool 5 mins and strain. (for those who are unaccustomed to the spiciness of ginger, a tsp of honey can be added to sweeten)

16 comments:

zurin said...

yes maybe I shd be doing /drinking htese too! shdnt we all ...(^^) thats a lovely mug u got there and the glass too....lovely and refreshing post Shirley.....^^

Irene's Footprints said...

The first tea looks so dark in color...is the side of the cup the tea stains? How is the taste like?

: )

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

LOL Irene! That's not tea stain! The inside of the expresso mug is dark glazed. The tea is actually not dark it is about the same colour as the camomile tea. Ginger is spicy and fiery. Different types of bodies will react differently to it. My sister, for example started perspiring after taking it.

Angie's Recipes said...

These days I have been eating lots of greasy food...TEA! would be just the right DRINK I want! I am drinking some Puer tea with rose now...
Happy Chinese New Year!

Not Quite Nigella said...

Hehe Shirley I am so with you! I'm stuffed full of food between V Day, CNY and life! Ginger tea sounds like the perfect antidote-thankyou! :D

La Table De Nana said...

These are trusted favorites of ours..I also really love just hot water and lemon:) Green tea..I drink by obligation:)

Irene's Footprints said...

hahaha...eyes playing a trick on me. For a moment, I thot what sort of tea has such a deep thick color that can stain the tea cup.

:O

shirley said...

I've been drinking ginger tea laced with honey and lemon to help me get over a cold I've developed - hopefully it will help with all the chocolate I consumed this weekend!

Carolyn said...

Thank you for the good tips!

Carolyn

Ellie said...

Timely post. I seriously need a detox after CNY binge eating spree. Nice mug and great recipe.

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Make that tea for two! I'm in the same boat. Gah, festive binging is so bad for health!

wendyywy said...

Oh... I'll love ur tea with some honey. I love gingery drinks, except ginger beer :)

Weight loss diet plan said...

my favorite tea.

Anonymous said...

Hi Shirley,
Love your chamomile tea. Where do you get the loose chamomile? All i see are teabags in supermarkets. Are they more expensive than those sold in tea bags?

Debby

Anonymous said...

Hi Shirley,
Love your chamomile tea. Where do you get the loose chamomile? All i see are teabags in supermarkets. Are they more expensive than those sold in tea bags?

Debby

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Hello Debby - You can buy this at floral tea shops. I think I bought mine at Bunalun at Chip Bee Gardens... quite long ago.

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