The Amazing Benefits of Homemade Ginger Turmeric Tea

As more research shines light on ancient roots, herbs and spices,  the more we are impressed with the benefits and therapeutic properties of some everyday Asian or Indian vegetarian herbs.

Ginger

Ginger is a delicious spice, but it is also incredibly healthy. Loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds, it has many benefits for the brain and the body.

For instance, ginger has ‘gingerol’ a substance that has powerful medicinal properties that make ginger anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory.  Let’s take a look at some health benefits of ginger:

  • Ginger has some chemical compounds that help your body in fighting germs and halting growth of harmful bacteria and viruses.
  • Its antibacterial properties also keep your breath, mouth and gums healthy
  • It is not just an old wives’ tale: Ginger helps calm nausea and alleviate symptoms of motion sickness and morning sickness.
  • Sore muscles after a heavy workout? Ginger helps in reducing muscle soreness and pain owing to its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Some studies have also indicated that the bioactive molecules in ginger slow down the growth of cancer cells for certain types of cancer

Turmeric

Another superfood that is the talk of the town and so many recipes is the age-old rhizome from the ginger family again. A staple spice in Asian cooking, turmeric is one of the most powerful nutritional supplements in existence:

  • It has bioactive compounds with effective healing properties known as curcuminoids.  Curcumin is one of the main compounds in turmeric and has great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
  • Turmeric has potent antioxidants    that boost the capacity of your own antioxidant enzymes. It protects the body from free radicals.
  • Turmeric is great for the immune system. When combined with black pepper, turmeric has enhanced absorption in the bloodstream. It is an age old Ayurvedic remedy for cold.
  • Turmeric eases joint pain, arthritis, heartburn, heart disease, bronchitis hay fever and a host of other diseases and symptoms.
  • Turmeric and curcumin are being researched widely for the role that they play in cancer treatment and prevention.

No wonder it is a superfood! But what happens when you combine two or more such powerful spices and herbs to make the most of their benefits.

You have the ginger turmeric tea that has some potent effect including fighting swelling, boosting the immune system, improving digestion, soothing pain and also improving your cognition. It helps in protecting your heart, regulating the insulin levels in your body, lowering anxiety and improving your skin quality.

Making Ginger Turmeric Tea

It is typically made by infusing ginger root and fresh turmeric root in hot water. You should buy yourself organic ingredients if possible to get the best results:

Ingredients:

  •         2 cups water
  •         1 inch grated organic ginger
  •         1 inch grated organic turmeric OR 1 tsp turmeric powder
  •         5 crushed whole green cardamom
  •         4 whole peppercorns
  •         5 whole cloves
  •         1 tablespoon goji berries
  •         1 tablespoon honey

Method:

  1. Place water, ginger, turmeric, cardamom, peppercorn, cloves and goji berries ina  pot of boiling water.
  2. Simmer on slow heat for about 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let it cool down some before you add honey.
  4. It is best consumed warm but if you like your tea cold, then bring it to room temperature or add some ice and serve.

You can make variations of the same tea by adding lemon, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, lime etc. as per your preference.

While turmeric’s intense taste might take a little getting used to, but when you combine it with other herbs and condiments it becomes a powerful libation. You don’t need to shell out a bomb at some fancy café for this spiked elixir. Tweak the recipe for turmeric ginger tea, until you find the one that you want to keep.

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