In Indian nutrition it’s best to drink water either room temperature or warm to maximize your digestion and improve assimilation. By adding medicinal spices and herbs to your drinking water, you take this benefit a step further. Each of the ingredients below will bring a gentle heat to your core, igniting digestion and encouraging better elimination while hydrating you from inside out.
Please note that the ingredients below are a basic recipe and a different combination of spices and herbs may be best for your particular constitution, ask your ayurvedic health consultant about this.
- 2 quarts water
- 1/2 inch of fresh ginger root sliced thin
- 3-4 whole cloves
- 2-3 whole cardamom pods cracked open with a knife
Bring everything to a boil, once this has boiled for 5 minutes, let it simmer for 10 minutes, allowing the ingredients to homogenize. Then sip this water throughout the day either warm or room temperature.
Or for a more energizing herbal water that also improves your digestion and clarity of mind, try this blend:
Cumin Energy Water
- 1 quart water
- 1/4 tsp. whole cumin
- 1/3 tsp. whole fennel
- 2 pinches of licorice
Boil the water first. Place it in a thermos and add the spices. Sip the water throughout the day to improve digestion and increase your energy. If you are a Pitta constitutional type, you may want to let the water cool to room temperature before drinking.