If you are interested in trying turmeric but don’t know exactly how to integrate it into your diet, here’s a helpful and tasty hint, because it really isn’t that hard to do. There are so many ways to sneak it into things you’re already eating and drinking and one of the easiest ways is through the use of turmeric tea. Here’s how to make it and how it can benefit your health.
How do You Make Turmeric Tea?
Making turmeric tea is just as simple as making your favorite tea and only involves a few ingredients. It must have a few components, such as turmeric and usually black pepper, but you can also play around some with the other ingredients to be sure the tea is suited to your taste. After all, it isn’t going to do you any good if you don’t want to drink it.
Turmeric Tea Recipe
If you already know how to make turmeric paste, you can simply add that to your tea. The base ingredients of turmeric paste consist of turmeric powder, ground black pepper, coconut oil and water. You heat up the mixture, let it cool, and store it in a jar for later use.
If you just happen to have some of this lying around you can spoon a tablespoon into your favorite tea or add it to some hot water for a straight turmeric infusion.
If you don’t have turmeric paste in your refrigerator it’s still easy to make turmeric tea. You can enjoy it hot or cold, so you can drink it at your house or carry it in a to-go cup when heading to work or going about your day.
Here is a basic recipe to try. Mix one cup of water with up to a teaspoon of freshly grated or powdered turmeric, depending on taste, and boil it, just as if you were making regular tea. Then add lemon juice or your favorite sweetener to make it taste the way you like it.
You can add many other spices to it as well, if desired. Some recipes call for cinnamon, ginger, ground black pepper, almond milk, cardamom, or honey. Be creative. Use whatever you have on hand that sounds like a good mix to you!
Turmeric Tea Benefits
When you drink this type of tea, you are doing something very positive for your health since turmeric tea provides so many different benefits. Here are just a few of the ways turmeric tea can promote health and healing.
- Could keep you from getting sick. Many people use turmeric during flu season or at the first sign of a cold. This is because it is high in anti-oxidants and nutrients that keep your immune system humming in top form.
- Can aid in weight loss. Since it helps you digest food better, this can also aid in one’s weight reduction plan. Toxins are stored in fat cells so, as natural detoxifier, turmeric helps clean up the fat cells so they can be metabolized away and help you lose weight in a healthful and natural way.
- May be able to stabilize moods. Turmeric’s pleasant and familiar taste and smell qualify it as a sort of “mood food” as it assists in releasing hormones responsible for relaxation and anxiety reduction.
- Can improve skin conditions. Regular turmeric tea drinkers have reported noticeable benefits in the area of skin improvement such as collagen support, moisturization from within and a reduction in age spots.
Turmeric Tea with Ginger
Many people use ginger each time they have turmeric tea. This makes the tea even more beneficial because ginger also has antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties as well. Ginger is also well known for its ability to calm the stomach and assist in counteracting nausea.
Essentially, when you combine these two powerful spices, you will have an extremel powerful health drink. Here’s a recipe you may want to check out:
Boil water as you normally would in the preparation of regular tea. Add half a teaspoon of turmeric and a pinch of black pepper. Then add a quarter teaspoon of freshly chopped or grated ginger and sweeten how you like it.
If you prefer a creamier concoction you can use milk or a milk substitute like almond milk instead of water. You can also swap out the black pepper for ground red pepper, since it may be less noticeable. If you have other spices in your cabinet that you want to try, feel free to experiment. Something like cloves or cinnamon would offer a little something different. This is the fun part!
Turmeric Tea and Weight Loss
Since it can help you lose weight, some people drink this type of tea exclusively for that benefit. This is something that you can do too. You should remember that you don’t need to drink a lot for it to work, so only drink 1 or 2 servings each day and see how your body handles it. When the body accumulates toxins it does so in your fat cells. As a natural detoxifier, turmeric helps cleanse the toxin-filled fat cells so the body can then burn them away. The body knows if a fat cell is addled with toxic elements and will avoid burning those cells until cleansed.
If you like to try new things, and really like the idea of adding turmeric to your diet, it makes sense that you try your hand at making this tea. Turmeric tea benefits are numerous and it also can help you have the energy to get through your day. It won’t cause any negative side effects and can change your health for the better. The best part is that you can follow a basic recipe which totally flexible and fun to experiment with! This ensures that it always tastes the way you like it and you don’t have to sacrifice taste for nutritional value. Enjoy!