Monday, February 15, 2016

Tumeric Herbal Tea

I recently sludged through a cold and decided to try some tumeric herbal tea. It's been making the rounds on the internet.  I read through several recipes and then made up my own variation.  The taste is pleasant, with a hint of bitterness beneath it. I appreciate bitter flavors. In fact, I think they're important, so this is fine with me.  However, it may not be for everyone.  

As for the efficacy of the concoction, I cannot say.  My cold was short lived and perhaps this herbal brew helped by reducing inflammation. I would try it again.

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used coconut); for medicinal purposes, I recommend avoiding dairy which encourages phlegm
  • 1 tsp cinnamon and ginger (you could use fresh ginger)
  • Pinch of cloves and nutmeg
  • 1 tsp of ground tumeric; taste and add more if you can manage it
  • Honey, sweeten to taste (I used 1 tsp plus a bit more)
Simmer the water with the spices for about 10 minutes.  If using fresh ginger, strain out the pieces. Add the milk and honey and bring to the bubble stage.  Taste and adjust.  Enjoy!

Note that the mixture can be rather thick.  I found that I could enjoy it best if I kept stirring it, so that the particles didn't settle in the bottom.

Have you made tumeric tea? What's your secret? Any advice for using fresh tumeric?


Marilyn Miller said...

I have thought of making some because I have heard it is suppose to be very good for us, but haven't done so. Now I will be thinking about it again.

Ginger said...

I've seen turmeric tea recipes too and wondered if it worked. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and recipe.

Angela McRae said...

I haven't tried this myself, but it seems I've heard of this also being used for the benefits it brings to cancer patients. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Michelle Kottwitz said...

I haven't been on for a while and I just saw this post. For almost 2 weeks now, I have been doing a concoction that I saw of FB. Since I have been drinking this "tea", I haven't had any sniffles at all. It was "advertised" as a cure(if you want to call it that) for the common cold. High in vitamin C. It's the juice of half a lemon(assuming large), 1 tsp grated ginger, 1/4 tsp of turmeric, and 1 tsp of honey, then just add water. Just do everything to taste. I usually do 1 small lemon and then grate ginger and a small spoon of honey. The only thing I accurately measure is the turmeric because everything else is hard to measure. The drink is nice and tart, but oh so good.