Ginger & Turmeric Tea
I’ve known for quite some time that ginger and turmeric (both used heavily in Asian and Indian cuisines) are delicious in cooking and that they are also two rather wholesome ingredients. I’ve been cooking with fresh ginger root and turmeric powder for many years, mainly because I love the bold, savory flavors of Asian and Indian foods. Well, this past summer I learned that both components of this dynamic duo have many more health-enhancing properties than I could have imagined. So, I got into my kitchen and experimented until I came up with this aromatic, tea-like blend that harnesses the combined goodness of both ginger and turmeric, as well as a couple of other healthful ingredients.
This unique beverage is equally delicious served as a hot tea or served cold. I usually have it hot after breakfast or as a warm, soothing evening drink during winter months. I also enjoy it chilled during the hot days of summer or whenever I’m in the mood for a cool drink.
Ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper and lemons are a few of nature’s most healing and therapeutic foods. The list of their health and medicinal benefits is too long to detail here, but I have provided a short list of benefits for each. There’s a wealth of information available for all of these items, so if you’d like to verify my lists or learn more, just Google them.
Health Benefits of Ginger
Aids in weight loss and digestion, provides free radical protection, reduces pain and inflammation, migraine relief, acid reflux relief.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Anti-inflammatory properties, natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, natural liver detoxifier, natural pain killer.
Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper
Supports weight loss, anti-cold and flu agent, migraine headache prevention, digestive aid, anti-inflammatory properties, prevents and treats blood clots, detox support.
Health Benefits of Lemons
Aids in digestion, detox support, weight loss support, liver support, anti-cold and flu agent, nourishes brain and nerve cells (potssium content).
Ginger & Turmeric Tea Recipe
Recipe source: Own creation
Serves 4 | Vegan
Mise en place:
5″ piece fresh ginger root, chopped
2 teaspoons ground turmeric (powder)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
1 lemon, juiced
32 oz. water
agave nectar to taste (or your preferred sweetener), optional
Place ginger and water in a sauce pan over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add turmeric. Simmer on low for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and steep for 10 minutes more, add cayenne (if using), lemon juice and sweetener (if using), stir vigorously, strain (or not) and serve immediately. Alternatively, for cold version, set aside and allow mixture to cool completely. Refrigerate to chill or serve over ice.