So, my great friend Ike just came to visit and with him, he brought many gifts to share - but my favorite gift that he brought was his turmeric tea recipe (well, that and his top-notch pot).
While preparing the tea he kindly explained to me that anything steeped can be a "tea" and that actual tea leaves are NOT a requirement. I had questions, people. He went on and on about how fabulous this tea was as a preventative, herbal, natural, delicious, everyday drinking concoction. Once I tasted it - I was sold.
1/8 c Fresh ginger - peeled and cut against the grain to open up ginger for steeping (even grating would be good!)
1/8 c fresh turmeric peeled and cut against the grain
6 cups of spring water (obviously any water would work)
1 Tblsp organic ground ginger
1 Tblsp organic ground turmeric
1/2 Tbls organic ground cinnamon
1 lemon juiced (juice lemon the throw entire lemon into steeping tea)
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (this is a very important ingredient as it inhibits metabolic break down of the turmeric in the gut and liver)
Throw these ingredients into a vat of water you bring to a boil and voila, strain and serve - it couldn't get much easier than that.
Honey to taste (or you can leave this out altogether)
Benefits of drinking this tea include but are not limited to;
Turmeric tea has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It helps cleanse the liver, blood and lymph systems in the body.
It aids in digestion and enriches the immune system's function. Prevents general infections and it is beneficial for inflammatory diseases.
Turmeric tea has a significant effect over inflammation in the body and assists in rheumatoid arthritis.
The power of healing wounds and cuts in the body. It brings down the risk of developing an infection.
It's anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties that make it an excellent cancer fighter. It can restrict the growth of cancerous cells.