Detoxification as I have known for the last 60 years

Back in the Sixties, when I was a little girl, my father always blessed my siblings and me with good health. I always wanted good wealth. He insisted that I would understand the reality of his words when I was a mother myself. He was right. Today, I keep telling my children, the ever-busy generation, that they need to slow down and smell the rain. In fact I could not stop thinking about my father when I read these profound words by the spiritual leader Dalai Lama:

“Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.”

Belonging to a typical Punjabi family, it was in our genes to celebrate every small and big moment. Marrying a person from the Armed Forces added more parties, entertaining and friends to share unforgettable moments and delicious food with. But I always remembered my father’s words. And just like him, after every celebration dinner and festive spread my mind goes to detoxification. Well, that is not a word he used. He probably said ‘system ko clean rakhna’ (keep your system healthy).

Over the years I have tried many homemade concoctions, including fasting once a week, honey with warm water, basil and lemon grass water (I swear by this one). But the one natural remedy I go back to after every Big Fat Indian Dinner, that is loaded with fried sweets and ghee (butter) is something I call

Natural Detox 5 – a powdered mixture of Dry Pudina (Mint), Jeera (Cumin), Saunf (Fennel), Soonth (dried ginger) and dhaniya (coriander) seeds.

These are all modest ingredients that may be sitting on your kitchen counter but are really natural healing agents.

1) Pudina/Mint: Yes, yes, thanks to advertising we all know that Mint acts as a mouth refresher. But that is like touching just the tip of one of its leaves. Mint or Mentha boosts immunity, helps fight stress and depression, prevents allergies and infections, fights pain and aids digestion (remember Pudin Hara) and is the king of detoxification.

2) Jeera/Cumin: Now don’t go on their size. These small seeds are packed with a world of benefits. High on Iron, Cumin helps keep your metabolism strong and your immune system stronger. With a little bit of research I found that it is also anti-ageing and was surprised to learn it is native to Egypt.

3) Saunf/ Fennel seeds: Fennel is what Indian restaurants serve you after meals, mostly coated with sugar. It is good for detoxification and refreshing your breath and is a rich source of dietary fibre. In addition to that it is a powerhouse of vitamins like A, E and C and minerals like copper, iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, and magnesium. These qualities I hear protects one from ageing, helps nursing mothers and does wonders for your digestion.

4) Soonth/Dry Ginger: It is antibacterial, anti inflammatory, induces sleep, helps overcome ‘morning sickness’, is a rich source of Vitamin B6, potassium and much more. It cleanses your system from the inside, giving you that dewy fresh look on your face and skin.

5) Dhaniya/Coriander Seeds: these are dried out seeds that generally have lower content of vitamins, they do provide significant amounts of dietary fiber, calcium, selenium, iron, magnesium and manganese.

Making the Natural Detox 5

Jeera/Cumin – 1 tbsp
Soonth/Dry Ginger – 1 tbsp
Dhaniya/Coriander Seeds- 1tbsp

Saunf/Fennel Seeds – 2tbsp
Dry Pudina/Dry Mint – 2tbsp

Mix and powder the ingredients in a mixer-grinder. Store the mixture in a air-tight container. Take 1/2 tsp for 15 days. Chase it down with a few sips of warm water.

Try this cleanse to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. I believe it helps me flush out toxins, get rid of water weight, and gives my skin that healthy, happy glow. Let me know how you feel.

Comments (21)

Bubi Posted on Jul 22, 2018

Thanks for the inhitsg. It brings light into the dark!


Marlie Posted on Jul 21, 2018

It\'s about time soemone wrote about this.


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Viharin Nidhi KM (@Viharin_Nidhikm) Posted on Dec 03, 2015

This is super! I will surely try this out and get back to you how I feel. Although I knew that these things are good for health but never realized their mixture can work wonders for us. Thanks for sharing!

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Aziz Ampanwala Posted on Dec 03, 2015

As mentioned in the comments above, i would also like to add that these are some very basic and essential detoxification spices which can be found in the kitchen .. I too have jeera at night to burst those fatty and oily food i had .. Some very useful tips, thanks for sharing :)

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thatguywithstories Posted on Dec 03, 2015

Please convey my compliments to Ms. Chhitwal.She is an amazing person! Charu, how can I get rid of my moles?I guess they are symptomatic of rising bad cholestrol

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thatguywithstories Posted on Dec 03, 2015

I guess the best detoxifier is water.But, how , can I get rid of my moles?


sneharane1292 Posted on Dec 03, 2015

Wow!! So many people are talking about detoxification these days. I've been searching for a natural detox recipe since a long time. I'm definitely trying this one out. Thank you for sharing, Charu :)


Ekta Khetan Posted on Dec 01, 2015

I seriously need to lose weight. I am making note of the tips and keeping fingers crossed. :)


monishc Posted on Nov 30, 2015

Does it really apply in any situations? Hangover too Then I'll try one of those very soon


Prerna Sinha (@maaofallblogs) Posted on Nov 30, 2015

I so agree with her! Natural, homemade detox methods are always work better for me. So wonderful of her to share these amazing tips with us.


Nidhi Arora Posted on Oct 29, 2015

Great tips. Will try :)

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Sherna Jay Posted on Oct 29, 2015

So may tips for detox, whoa. I am gonna try few immediately.

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Nidhi KM Posted on Oct 28, 2015

This is an awesome recipe. Will surely try!


Farah Posted on Oct 23, 2015

Very informative article... Thanks for sharing your experience..!! Will definitely try..

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Kiran Varma Posted on Jan 29, 2015

Pam it was nice to read your article....I hope the younger generation follow your advice....

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Rita Chhitwal Posted on Jan 27, 2015

Great write up. Hollistic approach to detox our bodies. Looking forward to try this .

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MR Posted on Jan 27, 2015

Very refreshing. Great advice. Good article


tripat Posted on Jan 27, 2015

Just the thing I was looking for. Also I must say that the photographs on your website are very appealing. I look forward to your articles

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Ranaut Posted on Jan 27, 2015

Excellent advice for the youngsters to slow down and enjoy life. Home made tried and tested recipes are always the best. Thank you for the article.


Sumeet Posted on Jan 26, 2015

Need to try this!


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A mother and grandmother, Pamila started her association with health from the race-track when she started running at an early age. She was even presented a pair of sponsored spikes from the living leg

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