Women resting against a stone wall with a cup of tea in her hands

Last year when we invited Jasmine Hemsley to co-host one of our fave beauty events, we nabbed a sneak peek at her brand new Ayurvedic cookbook — which finally launched in the States last month! Jasmine and her sister Melissa have paved the way for wellness to blossom into mainstream culture in the UK. Their healthy blogs, cookbooks and cafe support the idea that cooking should be fun, ingredients should be whole, and that the food we eat should make you feel good.

Jasmine is a pro when it comes to integrating Ayurvedic principles into daily life. The Ayurvedic philosophy is an adaptive one, but it can seem totally foreign and overwhelming to someone who doesn’t have a foundation. Jasmine’s book gives a well-rounded education in addition to recipes from soups to salmon dinner to this simple yet highly-functional flax tea…

Flaxseeds are well known for their abundance of omega-3 essential fats; not so well known is that flax tea, made from ground flax to take advantage of the many benefits tucked inside these tiny otherwise hard to digest seeds,  is also therapeutic and can help to keep us hydrated. Thanks to the mucilaginous (slightly gelatinous) liquid that is created when soaking flax with water and the soluble and insoluble fiber it contains, the flax tea helps to hold more water in the colon for longer, as well as soothing and relaxing the colon and keeping things moving.

Woman sitting on a balcony edge at high altitude holding the book East by West by Jasmine Hemsley

Hydrating Flax Tea


1 tsp flaxseeds
4 cups water
your favourite tea bag, such as ginger, rooibos or peppermint


Add the flaxseeds and water to a saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Cover the pan and leave the flaxseeds to soak for 12 hours or overnight.

Strain — it should be just a bit thicker than water and have a faint nutty taste.

To drink, make your usual pot of tea. While it is brewing, fill up your mug with the flax tea until it reaches just under half full and then top up the rest with your hot tea. Stir well and drink fairly quickly
as it will not be very hot!

Grab another amazing recipe from the Hemsley sisters here: grain-free flax bread rolls!

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