While I’m looking forward to the cooler months ahead, this time of year can be miserable to those of us subject to seasonal allergies or who catch a cold. This tea is something I’m making daily lately. It only takes a few minutes and it’s so soothing, it tastes really good and it’s very healing.
Turmeric is very medicinal, it’s a root vegetable/spice, similar to ginger but smaller and bright orange once you cut into it. It has been used for thousands of years, it’s all natural, easy to grow in a pot (I have a turmeric plant growing beautifully in my balcony – let me know if you’d like to learn how to grow it yourself in the comments) and I add it to all my soups, sauces, in tea and golden milk.
Turmeric is the spice used in curry that gives it an orange color. To me, turmeric doesn’t have a very strong or pungent smell or taste and I find it’s effective whenever I’m congested or have digestive issues. It helps with inflammation all over the body, from the gut to inflamed nerves.
Turmeric also increases antioxidant capability in the body. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals (which are harmful) within our bodies. Free radicals are created in our bodies both by natural metabolic processes and also due to exposure to external sources such as pollution.
– I can give a more in depth explanation of this; if you would like one, please let me know 🙂 –
Turmeric improves brain function and lowers the risk of brain disease, heart disease, it lowers risk of cancer and has also been proven to be helpful to people who suffer from arthritis.
It’s a no wonder people all over have been using this spice for thousands of years; it was used both in cooing and to make medicine.
Fair warning: FRESH TURMERIC WILL STAIN EVERYTHING YELLOW. This includes countertops, knives, fingers…. everywhere. But squeeze some lemon juice on whatever you stain and allow it to sit for a few minute, or anything stronger that you normally use to clean your kitchen countertop and it should come out pretty easily. Because I use it almost daily, my fingers are ALWAYS yellow 😂
How to make turmeric tea:
1 liter water
2-4 little finger sized turmeric root
2 small pieces of ginger – about the same amount as turmeric
2 herbal tea bags
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1 sprig fresh rosemary and a few fresh mint leaves (optional)
Peel and chop up fresh turmeric root and fresh ginger. Top with hot water; I normally boil water and allow it to cook slightly for just a minute or two. (I do this because I normally use a large glass jug and want to avoid breaking it.) Add the juice of half a lemon and half a lime and two herbal tea bags. I normally use nettle, camomile or mint. All work nicely here. I sometimes add a fresh sprig of rosemary and a few mint leaves. Allow all of the ingredients to steep, it will turn yellow and somewhat cloudy. I also add a teaspoon of raw honey to a mug and pour over turmeric tea through a small strainer and that’s that. This recipe makes about 3 mugs full of tea.
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