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Thursday, 2 December 2010

Herbcraft // Turmeric and Ginger Tea

After yesterday's post about the healing benefits of turmeric, I thought I would share a recipe for turmeric and ginger tea. This is absolutely perfect for warming the body and soul on these bitter cold, wintry days.



You could of course cheat and buy these Pukka Herbs 3 ginger teabags. They are lovely, but pricey and I find there is something 'off' about treating the body to some healing, natural goodness if it comes in a tea-bag which has been made most unnaturally (possibly with a chemical called epichlorohydrin, a compound also used in insecticides,  which when combined with water creates a chemical called 3-MCPD, a known cancer causing agent). 

I know, I know, practically everything today is potentially carcinogenic, but  if I create my tea from scratch using fresh ingredients, it feels less likely to be 'poisonous'. Plus it will save me some pennies. And taste better.


So...you will need...

2 cups of water
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger or 1/2 cm piece finely chopped ginger root
1/2 teaspoon powdered turmeric or 1/2 cm piece finely chopped turmeric root
(optional, 1/2 piece finely chopped galangal root)
2 teaspoons honey
Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Simply bring the water to the boil, add the herbs and simmer for 10 minutes. 
Add the lemon juice, strain the tea into a mug or cup and stir in the honey.
Drink warm.

8 musings:

Mother's Moon's Message said...

I would have never thought tumeric for tea yet I will have to try this one out. I accidently fell onto this wonderful herb/spice a time back and it has become one of my mainstays... love it

Aine O'Brien said...

Thank you for this. We have started adding turmeric to our food because of the healing aspects, and my tummy just loves ginger. I will definitely try this!

Marci "Sorcha" Stewart said...

Hi Avie...sounds warm and delicious. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings,
Marci

Faeryfay said...

Thank-you! I'm going to make me some of this tea. I have an autoimmune arthritic disease and have read the amazing properties of tumeric. Thanks!

Aine O'Brien said...

Ok, I made this yesterday afternoon and then again last night. It is so very delicious and soothing. Thank you for the recipe!

Wendy said...

Can I just purchase tumeric in a typical market? I just bought fresh ginger so I would love to make this tea. Very healing and warm.

Avie said...

Wendy, yes you should be able to purchase from any store that sells spices. The root might be harder to find but you should find it dried anywhere you would normally find dried herbs and spices like cumin, coriander and so on. Failing that, I think you can buy it powdered in health stores.

Aine, I'm so glad you liked it. I've been drinking it for the past few evenings too.

Faerie Moon Creations said...

That sounds so amazingly soothing. Thank you for sharing - and I hope you are on the mend quite soon! Theresa

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