Two Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric & Ginger Teas (Free Alkaline Recipes #172 & #173!)

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These two delicious teas are quite different, but equally delicious.

They both contain turmeric and ginger – and these two spices are anti-inflammatory superstars. They’re amazing.

As I’ve written about extensively (see my turmeric here). Turmeric is scientifically proven to reduce inflammation (more effective than NSAIDs – proven), and fight and prevent a whole host of conditions including several cancers, cardiovascular problems, immune system issues, thyroid issues and metal/cognitive issues – even Alzheimer’s.

Ginger isn’t too shabby either!

It’s anti-bacterial, prevents and relieves digestive issues and also being a strong anti-inflammatory it’s great for inflammation-based conditions like arthritis and supports the body’s fight against ovarian and colorectal cancer and supports the immune system too.

Together they are amazing! Thank you Mother Nature!

Let’s get into these recipes!

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Two Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric & Ginger Teas

I’m going to give you TWO recipes – one for summer and one for winter. Let’s start with the summer recipe:

Ginger & Turmeric Refresher Tea


This tea is very simple but incredibly delicious. All you need is water, a cooker, some fresh ginger, and some fresh turmeric and about 10 minutes!

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2


600ml of filtered, preferably alkaline water
1 inch of fresh root ginger
1 inch of fresh turmeric root
Optional: a pinch of black pepper (reported to help absorption and bioavailability of the curcumin in turmeric – I think this has been blown way out of proportion, but feel free to add it if you like – won’t do any harm)


  1. Peel the ginger and turmeric and chop into small pieces (the smaller the better, but if you’re in a hurry you can be quite rough)
  2. Put into a pot, on the stove with the water and bring to a boil
  3. Once boiling, bring to a simmer for 10 minutes (roughly) and then serve!

You can certainly leave it to simmer for longer if you want it stronger, and if it IS summer (lucky you) you can also chill in the fridge and serve as a deliciously refreshing iced tea!

Creamy Coconut Turmeric & Ginger Warmer


This one takes a minute longer, but it’s worth it!

Warming, soothing, comforting – it’s my #1 winter favorite (aka hug-in-a-mug).

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2


1 inch of fresh turmeric root
1.5 inches of fresh ginger root
2 tsp of coconut oil
250ml of full-fat coconut milk (don’t worry coconut milk fat doesn’t make you fat)
250ml of coconut water (or filtered water)
1 tsp of cloves
Optional: 1 vanilla pod
Optional: a pinch of black pepper (see above)


  1. Peel the ginger and turmeric and grate into a mortar
  2. Add the coconut oil and using the pestle, turn it into a beautiful orange-yellow paste
  3. Pour the coconut cream, water into a pan and spoon in the paste, and add the cloves
  4. Bring to a simmer and simmer it all together for 4-5 minutes
  5. Serve warm, straining if you wish


Why These Two Teas are SO Powerful!

Turmeric and ginger are both from the same family and are two of the most powerful ingredients I’ve ever researched in the 15 years of running this site.

You can read more about the benefits of turmeric, and grab my turmeric user guide here. I strongly recommend checking both out.

They have been used for centuries in cooking AND as for their medicinal properties, with their use as a medicinal ingredient dating back to the ancient Egyptians and Indians. Both are certainly prominent in Ayurveda.

I’ve written a heap of guides in the past about how inflammation, low immunity, and acidity is the root cause of almost every condition – and these two teas will help address all three of those issues.

Benefits of Turmeric

  • Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory with studies showing it to be more effective than anti-inflammatory prescription drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Therefore is powerful against arthritis
  • Turmeric dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity in the body
  • It improves brain function and dramatically decreases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s
  • Turmeric lowers the risk of developing heart disease
  • Can help prevent many types of cancer
  • Turmeric is very powerful at preventing and reversing chronic fatigue conditions
  • …and can also help prevent depression

[Note: medical and scientific references below]

Benefits of Ginger

  • Ginger has strong anti-inflammatory properties (gingerols), just like turmeric and so can help treat and reverse muscle and arthritic pain.
  • The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger also promote digestion and soothes colic, relieve nausea and intestinal gas
  • Ginger also boosts the immune system and so is a perfect treatment for colds and other respiratory conditions.
  • Like turmeric, ginger can help to prevent specific cancers: including colon and ovarian cancer
  • Ginger has also been proven to relieve asthma symptoms
  • Liver issues that are brought on by consistent medical needs (such as painkillers) can be pre-treated and prevented using ginger
  • In animal studies, ginger has been proven to be more effective than certain prescription drugs in reducing blood pressure
  • Ginger has also been shown to be just as effective as medication to treat migraines
  • Ginger is also well researched in terms of it’s ability to decrease muscle pain and soreness

Enjoy the teas, summer or winter and let me know which you like the best!

Research Studies & References:

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Akoachere JF, Ndip RN, Chenwi EB et al. Antibacterial effect of Zingiber officinale and Garcinia kola on respiratory tract pathogens. East Afr Med J. 2002 Nov;79(11):588-92. 2002.

Amal S Abdel-Azeem, Amany M Hegazy, Khadiga S Ibrahim, Abdel-Razik H. Farrag, & Eman M. El-Sayed. “Hepatoprotective, Antioxidant, and Ameliorative Effects of Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) and Vitamin E in Acetaminophen Treated Rats. Journal of Dietary Supplements. September 2013, Vol. 10, No. 3 , Pages 195-209 (doi:10.3109/19390211.2013.822450). Accessed October 17th 2013.

Aranya Manosroi, Warangkana Lohcharoenkal, Parirat Khonsung, Worapaka Manosroi, and Jiradej Manosroi. “Potent antihypertensive activity of Thai-Lanna medicinal plants and recipes from “MANOSROI III” database”. Pharmaceutical Biology. November 2013, Vol. 51, No. 11 , Pages 1426-1434 (doi:10.3109/13880209.2013.796391). Accessed October 17th 2013.

Ensiyeh Jenabi. “The effect of ginger for relieving of primary dysmenorrhoea.” Journal of Pakistan Medical Association. Vol. 63, No.1, January 2013. Accessed October 17th 2013.

Maghbooli Mehdi, Golipour Farhad, Moghimi Esfandabadi Alireza, Yousefi Mehran. “Comparison Between the Efficacy of Ginger and Sumatriptan in the Ablative Treatment of the Common Migraine.” Phytotherapy Research. 9 MAY 2013. DOI: 10.1002/ptr.4996. Accessed October 17th 2013.

Balasubramanian K. Molecular Orbital Basis for Yellow Curry Spice Curcumin’s Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease. J. Agric. Food Chem., 54 (10), 3512 -3520, 2006. 10.1021/jf0603533 S0021-8561(06)00353-0, Web Release Date: April 20, 2006. 2006.

Cruz-Correa M, Shoskes DA, Sanchez P, Zhao R, Hylind LM, Wexner SD, Giardiello FM. Combination treatment with curcumin and quercetin of adenomas in familial adenomatous polyposis. i>Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2006 Aug;4(8):1035-8. Epub 2006 Jun 6. 2006. PMID:16757216.

Dorai T, Cao YC, Dorai B, et al. Therapeutic potential of curcumin in human prostate cancer. III. Curcumin inhibits proliferation, induces apoptosis, and inhibits angiogenesis of LNCaP prostate cancer cells in vivo. Prostate 2001 Jun 1;47(4):293-303. 2001. PMID:16280.

Ficker CE, Arnason JT, Vindas PS et al. Inhibition of human pathogenic fungi by ethnobotanically selected plant extracts. Mycoses. 2003 Feb;46(1-2):29-37. 2003.

Gururaj A, Kelakavadi M, Venkatesh D et al. Molecular mechanisms of anti-angiogenic effect of curcumin. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 2002 Oct 4;297(4):934. 2002.

Hidaka H, Ishiko T, Furunashi T et al. Curcumin inhibits interleukin 8 production and enhances interleukin 8 receptor expression on the cell surface:impacgt on human pancrreatic carcinoma cell growth by autocrine regulation. Cancer 2002 Sep 15;96(6):1206-14. 2002.

Ippoushi K, Azuma K, Ito H, Horie H, Higashio H. [6]-Gingerol inhibits nitric oxide synthesis in activated J774.1 mouse macrophages and prevents peroxynitrite-induced oxidation and nitration reactions. Life Sci. 2003 Nov 14;73(26):3427-37.

Kang BY, Chung SW, Chung W et al. Inhibition of interleukin-12 production in lipopolysaccharide-activated macrophage by curcumin. Eur J Pharmacol 1999 Nov;384(2-3):191-5. 1999.

Kang BY, Song YJ, Kim KM et al. Curcumin inhibits Th1 cytokine profile in CD4+ T cells by suppressing interleukin-12 production in macrophages. Br J Pharmacol 1999 Sep;128(2):380-4. 1999.

Kiuchi F, et al. Inhibition of prostaglandin and leukotriene biosynthesis by gingerols and diarylheptanoids. Chem Pharm Bull 40 (1992):387-91. 1992. Nature Immunology Online. Nature Immunology Online. 2001;10.1038/ni732. 2001.

Khor TO, Keum YS, Lin W, Kim JH, Hu1 R, Shen G, Xu1 C, Gopalakrishnan A, Reddy B, Zheng X, Conney AH, Kong AN. Combined Inhibitory Effects of Curcumin and Phenethyl Isothiocyanate on the Growth of Human PC-3 Prostate Xenografts in Immunodeficient Mice. Cancer Research. 2006 Jan; 66(2): 613-621. 2006. PMID:16423986.

Lim GP, Chu T, Yang F, et al. The curry spice curcumin reduces oxidative damage and amyloid pathology in an Alzheimer transgenic mouse. J Neurosci 2001 Nov 1;21(21):8370-7. 2001. PMID:16240.

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Risks and precautions:

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the use of herbs can interact with other herbs or medications.

Therefore it’s important to talk to your doctor before taking ginger or turmeric. You should not take ginger if you suffer from a bleeding disorder or take blood-thinning medications (such as warfarin or aspirin).

Also Note:

The information on this website is for informational and educational purposes only.

It is not an attempt by the writers or publisher to diagnose or prescribe, nor should it be construed to be such. Readers are hereby encouraged to consult with a licensed health care professional concerning the information presented, which has been received from sources deemed reliable, but no guarantees, expressed or implied, can be made regarding the accuracy of same. Therefore, readers are also encouraged to verify for themselves and to their own satisfaction the accuracy of all reports, recommendations, conclusions, comments, opinions, or anything else published herein before making any kind of decisions based upon what they have read.

If you have a medical condition, please consult your medical practitioner.

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  1. Eva Reply

    Great information thanks
    I am having hiatus hernia Doctor said nothing can be done at the moment as it’s too small what can I do if you know

  2. roemarie Reply

    i have two of your books with lots of reading
    so it would be great just to look at the recipe

  3. Sherry Unruh Reply

    Please, Isn’t there a ready made ginger and turmeric tea bag available? I don’t think I’ll go to all the trouble to make it from scratch.

    • ross Reply

      It literally takes 2-3 minutes.

  4. Hanne Frost Churchill Reply

    Hi Ross. I love your book. I have one special question. I am a permanent stomach ache which prevents me from sleeping well at night. I feel bloated and exhausted. I am wondering if I am allergic to gluten. How do you find that out? What to do about stomach aches ?

  5. Carolyn Clarke Reply

    Thanks for your wisdom and guidance, Ross.
    I’ve used turmeric and organic MCT coconut oil in my smoothies for a long time , but will try my first tea in the morning.
    Warm thanks, Carolyn

  6. Oby Reply

    Can I prepare my tea in advance and refrigerate it for easy on the go access? Does this reduce the potency?

    • ross Reply

      24-36 hours in advance is fine (and a smart move) if it means you’ll have it vs not having it at all. Fresh is always best, but ‘slightly fresh’ is better than nothing!

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  8. Stephanie Hoile Reply

    I would like to buy your books, I’m in the uk
    I’m just starting because of arthritis, poly and Ra. Also chronic rhinisistis and sinisitis , it never goes, I used to eat a huge amount of fruit and this seemed to keep my sinus problems low but not the mussle and joint pain, now I’ve tried to eat more alkaline and cut right back on the fruit I have low mussle and joint pain but my sinuses have been really painful and I’m back on antibiotics. I’m now thinking of taking vitamin c tablets and still keeping a more alkaline diet. Worth a go I guess.
    Anyway, can you tell me how I can get your books in the uk.
    Thanks, steph

  9. Pat Reply

    The creamy turmeric drink is beyond gorgeous. How can something so wonderful tasting be zoo good for you?! Thank you very very much xx

  10. Ms Pat Garrett Reply

    Hi Ross

    I’ve bought organic ground turmeric and organic ground ginger and I mix a third of a teaspoon of each with the juice of half a squeezed lemon and hot water and drink that every morning. I wondered whether it was a good idea and whether in time it will work? I’ve been doing it for a few weeks but haven’t really felt any great benefit yet.

    Thanks for any advice 🙂

    Very best wishes

  11. Linda Wynne Reply

    Hi Ross:

    I live in Juneau, Alaska where specialty items such as turmeric root is not readily available. What is the equivalent measure using ground turmeric?

    • ross Reply

      Hi Linda – just try to get a teaspoon of ground per day in cooking, however you can.

  12. chris Reply

    Ross, What are your thoughts on buying a water ionizer?
    I work with a guy that is trying to sell me the overpriced multi-level pyramid Enagic machine(Kangen water)
    I have 3 kids and we currently have well water and use a reverse osmosis for drinking.
    He tells me that is worse because it is taking out all the minerals.
    Do you have a recommendation?

  13. Lindsay Reply

    Why are you not including black pepper in your turmeric teas as I thought that was meant to help absorption of the anti-inflammatory compounds?

    • ross Reply

      Hey Lindsay

      Absolutely feel free to. I try to remove as many obstacles as possible but should include this as an optional ingredient.


  14. Joan Connor Reply

    Can’t get Root Turmeric here in Ireland would the powder one be as good thanks

    • ross Reply

      Hey again Joan

      Powder is acceptable, yep – not as good as fresh but still very very good


  15. Melanie Reply

    You need to have a print option that will just print the recipe.