Are you curious about trying turmeric but don’t know exactly how or where to start? The easiest way is to simply take a tested and reviewed supplement recommended here. But there are also many ways to sneak turmeric into foods and beverages you are already consuming. In the Recipes section of this blog we offer various ways to incorporate turmeric into your diet. In this article we focus on how to make turmeric tea and summarize some its beneficial health properties.
How to Make Turmeric Tea
Making turmeric tea involves heating water and mixing in a few simple ingredients. The basics are hot water, turmeric powder and, for both taste and bioavailability, some freshly cracked black pepper. But you can experiment with a multitude of other ingredients to suit your taste, and we highly recommend doing so. After all, the most therapeutic tea in the world won’t do you a bit of good if you don’t like the taste and refuse to drink it. We love the natural flavor of even the most basic turmeric tea, but for some it’s an acquired taste that may require one or more flavor enhancers. Turmeric tea can be enjoyed hot or cold, in the comfort of your home or from a handy go-cup while going about your day. So let’s dive right into it, shall we?
Turmeric Tea From Turmeric Paste
One of the easiest ways to make turmeric tea is from turmeric paste. If you already know how to make turmeric paste from our article in the Recipes section, or happen to have some pre-made and stored in the fridge, you can simply add one teaspoon per cup of hot water to make a very simple form of turmeric tea. (The base ingredients of turmeric paste consist of turmeric powder, ground black pepper, coconut oil and water. To make the paste, just heat the mixture, let it cool and refrigerate in a sealed glass jar where it will stay fresh for several weeks.) Turmeric paste is an excellent base for one form of turmeric tea, and since it’s also useful in a variety of food preparations we recommend always having some around for easy applications such as turmeric tea.
Basic Turmeric Tea Recipe
No turmeric paste in the fridge? No problem. Here’s a basic recipe for anyone who can boil water. Mix two cups of water with a tablespoon of turmeric powder and bring to a boil as if you were making any other tea. Let cool and add one or more of the following for taste: black pepper, lemon, honey, almond milk, coconut milk or coconut oil. Don’t be timid. Experiment with spices like cinnamon, cloves or cardamom. Be creative. Use whatever you have on hand that even remotely seems like it could mix well – turmeric is very forgiving in that way. And remember, this is an adult beverage we’re making here. It’s medicine…not supposed to taste like a milkshake!
Turmeric Tea with Ginger
Ginger mixes very well with turmeric tea. After all, they are from the same family so it stands to reason that the two would mix nicely. Like turmeric, ginger has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. So adding ginger gives your turmeric tea a double barreled shot of medicinal goodness. Ginger is also known to be effective against nausea and for calming an upset stomach.
Combining turmeric with ginger produces a powerful health drink. Here’s a recipe you may want to check out. Boil water as you normally would in the preparation of any tea. Add a half teaspoon of turmeric powder, a pinch of black pepper and a quarter teaspoon of freshly chopped or grated ginger. Spice it up with any of the other ingredients previously mentioned in this article and sweeten to taste with honey if necessary.
Use milk or a plant substitute like almond milk instead of water if you prefer a creamier concoction. Swap black pepper for cayenne pepper if preferred. Again, be creative. If you have other spices lurking in the cupboard feel free to experiment. Clove, cinnamon, cardamom…what the heck, give it whirl. This is the fun part!
Turmeric Tea Health Benefits
Turmeric tea provides a veritable explosion of natural health benefits. Here are just a few of the ways regular consumption of turmeric tea promotes health and healing.
- Immune System Support – Many people up the turmeric dosage during flu season or at 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.
- Weight Loss and Weight Control – Since turmeric helps in the digestive process it only stands to reason that it assists in weight reduction. Better digestion means more efficient absorption of nutrients and therefore a reduction in the body’s craving for more food to provide the nutrients it needs. Furthermore, fat cells are where the body naturally sequesters toxins. The body knows which fat cells are saturated with toxins and will avoid burning these cells until cleansed. As a natural detoxifier, turmeric helps clean up fat cells so they can be metabolized, thereby helping you lose weight in a healthful and natural way.
- Antidepressant and Mood Stabilizer – Turmeric’s slightly earthy smell and subtle flavor qualify it as a sort of “mood food.” As such, it assists in releasing hormones responsible for relaxation and anxiety reduction. There are medical studies proving that turmeric, including its active compounds of curcumin, have a positive effect in treating depression.
- Healthy Skin – Regular turmeric tea drinkers have reported noticeable results in the areas of collagen support, moisturization from within, and a reduction in age spots and even acne.
If you’re thinking about adding turmeric to your diet it only makes sense that you try your hand at a pot of turmeric tea. It’s as easy as making an Earl Grey or a matcha green and involves only a few ingredients. The benefits are numerous, including a healthful and subtle energy boost that can help get you through the day. If you are concerned about possible side effects, first consult your doctor. But as far as we know no negative side effects have ever been reported. The best part is that you can follow a basic recipe which is flexible and fun to experiment with. With a little practice you’ll come up with several delicious variations capable of spicing up your daily culinary exploits. With turmeric tea there’s no need to sacrifice taste for nutrition. Enjoy!