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.