Prep & Cook Time: 20 minutes Makes: 4 cups
This tea, made with ingredients that provide antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties, may help to reduce inflammation, support your immune system, ease pain and reduce nausea. Delicious hot or cold!
Turmeric – This bright yellow member of the ginger family has a long list of health benefits due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Add it to soups, sauces, eggs, salad dressing, rice and pasta dishes – it has a strong colour but not a strong taste.
Ginger – Fresh ginger contains several phytonutrients that may help to reduce inflammation and protect against cancer: Fresh ginger may also help with to reduce nausea and vomiting whether due to treatment, motion sickness or the flu.
1 tsp ground turmeric powder (or 1 Tbsp grated fresh turmeric)
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
Freshly ground black pepper, a few grinds
4 cups water
For each 1 cup serving, add:
the juice of half a lemon
½ tsp raw honey, more or less to taste
Add cinnamon, cardamom and /or cloves while simmering for a chai-like tea
- Combine turmeric, ginger, pepper and water in a pot on the stove. Gently bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer gently for 10-15 minutes.
- Let cool slightly (covered) and then strain through a fine-mesh strainer.
- For each 1 cup serving, add lemon juice and a bit of raw honey just before drinking.
- Enjoy as a soothing hot tea or as a refreshing cold tea (pour over ice cubes in a glass and garnish with lemon slices and a cinnamon stick)
- Store any extra in a covered glass jar in the fridge.
Golden Turmeric Milk
In place of all or part of the water, use milk or milk alternative to make a soothing, warm turmeric milk. (Leave out the lemon juice.)