Ayurveda is a system of Hindu traditional medicine native to the India, and comes from a Sanskrit word, which translates to "life-knowledge." This alternative branch of naturopathic medicine has risen in popularity in recent years as people are looking for more natural, chemical-free alternatives to pharmaceuticals, and invasive forms of treatments offered by Western medicine.
Beyond health, Ayurveda approaches beauty from the inside-out. Many of the skin issues like acne, dryness, blotching, and discoloration, are often linked to excesses or deficiencies in our diets. I was on the hunt for a natural solution to my sluggish metabolism and oily skin, when I came across an article about doshas, or body, mind, and personality types. According to Ayurvedic medicine, a dosha is one of three bodily humors: Vata, Pitta and Kapha characteristics that make up a person's constitution; there are many great sites devoted to discovering your dosha. Deepak Chopra covers doshas in great depth, offering diet suggestions, recipes, lifestyle changes as well as a quick and easy diagnostic test to help you identify your type.
A Kapha dosha is generally typified by a sluggish metabolism, lethargy and oily skin. If you find that you're suffering from a lack of energy, poor digestion, and shiny, clogged pores, you'll want to try this delicious detox tea for beauty.
You'll want to opt for a caffeine-free tea base. Decaffeinated green, white or black tea work well for this recipe, but it's up to your personal preference. To aid digestion and balance oily skin, Kapha doshas should use pungent spices like pepper, cayenne, cinnamon and ginger.
- 3 decaffeinated tea bags of your choice
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 4-5 cardamom seeds
- A pinch of cayenne
- 2-3 cloves
- A pinch of ginger (or 1/2 tablespoon freshly grated ginger)
In a large ceramic or glass pitcher (safe for hot liquids), add three tea bags (remove the paper at the end of the strings). Once the water has boiled, pour it to the brim of the pitcher. Add the spices, and allow the ingredients to steep for 10-15 minutes. Once the tea has cooled, you can strain the spices or keep them in the mixture.
You shouldn't drink this tea scorching hot, but enjoy it warm to aid digestion. Since this tea is decaffeinated, feel free to drink 2-3 cups a day. You'll notice your skin improve and your sluggish metabolism get a much needed boost, if you replace your coffee with this detox tea two to four times a week.