Have you tried turmeric tea? Turmeric has a huge reputation for its proven health benefits. It is part of the ginger family, hence its similar looks! I did refer it to the little sister of the ginger family because it just looks like a mini ginger.. but actually, it’s known as “The Queen of Spices”!
I’ve been drinking this for the past month now, almost every day in fact. I make the tea from fresh turmeric, but if you can’t find fresh ones, you can use ground turmeric. The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin. The black pepper helps to enhance the bioavailability of curcumin by a thousand times, so add a pinch in your cup when drinking.
The first time I made it, I wasn’t too sure if it would be nice, but after learning all its benefits and amazing things it can do for your body, I was even more curious about it. This spice has an earthy, exotic aroma and flavour to it.
If you cannot find fresh turmeric, the general rule of thumb for converting dried spice to fresh is 1 to 3. So, 1 teaspoon of dried spice is equal to 3 teaspoons (1 tablespoon) of fresh. To make it easier for you, I use around 2 or 2.5 inch in length of turmeric for 4 measuring cups of water, this is equal to about 1 tablespoon of freshly grated spice.
And with just 1 tablespoon of turmeric, it is going to provide you with 15% daily intake of iron, 5% vitamin B6, 5% fibre and 3% magnesium
Tips when preparing the tea:
Turmeric’s bright yellow/orange colour can stain fingers and surfaces and can be quite tough to clean. You can clean with a solution of baking soda, white vinegar and water to wash it out.
To minimise stains, don’t peel the turmeric root or grate it as some people prefer to. First, clean the turmeric root; give it a good wash and scrub. What I like to do is re-use a small piece of plastic wrap, and place it on the chopping board with the turmeric root and then carefully and roughly chop it up. When done, add the turmeric into the pot and quickly clean your knife. After drinking the tea, rinse and/or brush your teeth!
The health benefits of turmeric:
- Powerful anti-oxidant
- Body and liver detoxifier
- Cancer prevention
- Prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease
- Cleanses and purifies the blood
- Boost metabolism
- Eases symptoms of coughs and colds
- Diabetes control
- Reduces inflammation such as all types of arthritis, tendonitis, and other inflammation
- Strengthens ligaments
- Improves skin complexion
- Treatment for skin disorders
- Prevents asthma
- Prevents arthritis
- Reduces joint pain
- Prevents stroke
- Treats fever
- Improves digestion
- Gastrointestinal treatments
- Boosts immune system by improving liver function
- Weight-loss support
- Improves circulation in the body
- Wound healing
- Natural painkiller
- Prevents internal bleed clotting
- Protects liver tissue
- Reduce allergies
- Protect against sleep deprivation
- Reduces bad cholesterol
- Stimulates secretion of bile which helps break down fat
Yields 3 cups
2.5 inch piece of fresh turmeric root or 1 tsp of ground turmeric
1 inch of fresh ginger root
4 cups water
Lemon / lime juice
- Add water into the pot to boil
- Clean and roughly chop the turmeric and the ginger root
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes
- Allow the mixture to cool for about 5 minutes
- Add turmeric tea to cup(s)
- Add a pinch of black pepper to each cup
- Juice 1/4 lemon / lime into each cup
- Add 1 teaspoon of honey and stir well
Store fresh turmeric in the fridge; keep them wrapped loosely with plastic wrap to prevent them from mould. Turmeric can also be freezed. What I tend to do, is keep half the pack in the fridge and the other half in the freezer.
While turmeric and ginger is good for you, avoid taking large doses especially if you have gallstones, bleeding disorders, overly acidic stomach, pregnant, nursing or if you are taking any medication that contains blood thinner. Talk to your doctor before eating large doses or considering taking it as a supplement first.