Turmeric Tea has become my yummy, healthy replacement to tea and especially coffee (although to be honest I still have one now and again, just can’t resist).
Being used to turmeric in rich dishes from Morocco and curries from Asia, when a friend mentioned turmeric tea, I think I must have pulled a bit of a face, I just couldn’t imagine drinking it as a tea.
Turmeric is natures painkiller. Rich in curcumin which is a compound that prevents pain and inflammation. It is also a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals that cause cell damage.
Turmeric tea (hot or cold) is just one great way you can introduce turmeric into your daily diet. It smells heavenly (I even put the pan in my room once I had finished to let the smell of lemon and cinnamon waft through the air).
Warning! Turmeric stains everything, especially your hands (I know this only too well. I think my sons thought, I had some sort of disease on my hands the first time I made the tea). Thankfully, it was winter so I could wear gloves when I went out.
1 tsp Turmeric powder or 1 inch fresh turmeric root (slightly more bitter than powder)
2 cups water,
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper, (optional but will activate the turmeric alternatively if you prefer you can substitute virgin coconut oil in place of black pepper).
honey or lemon or both to taste. (honey helps to reduce the strong flavour of the turmeric)
1 cinnamon stick (or less according to taste)
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil on stove.
Mix turmeric and other ingredients of your choice, except honey which can be added at the end, into the water steep for 10 minutes.
Remember to cover the pan so you keep the steam in. Strain tea through a sieve and add honey or lemon to taste.
You can also serve chilled.
A couple of variations:
Use ½ to ¾ ginger root sliced thinly
Add ground cinnamon or if you prefer a cinnamon stick
Fresh lemon (lemon is the best with fibro as it turns to alkaline once consumed)
Add a ginger and lemon natural tea bag for the last 5 mins
This will make enough for at approx. 2 to 3 servings.
Now for the best part, take 15 minutes out, sit back and enjoy. 😊
Warning: Turmeric can lower blood sugar.
If you are worried about any of the ingredients please do check with a medical doctor before consuming.