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, but first:
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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
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)
- 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)
- Put into a pot, on the stove with the water and bring to a boil
- Once boiling, bring to a simmer for 10 minutes (roughly) and then serve!
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
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)
- Peel the ginger and turmeric and grate into a mortar
- Add the coconut oil and using the pestle, turn it into a beautiful orange-yellow paste
- Pour the coconut cream, water into a pan and spoon in the paste, and add the cloves
- Bring to a simmer and simmer it all together for 4-5 minutes
- 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.
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!
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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).
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