If you are looking for a great general health tonic to get you through the cold and flu season this winter, look no further than this recipe for ginger-turmeric tea. It is delicious and warming and gives you a powerful dose of antioxidants and other active ingredients that will not only strengthen your immunity but improve your overall health.
Ginger and Turmeric: A Powerful Combination
Ginger and turmeric are a natural combination for a healing tea of this kind. Not only are they actually related to one another botanically, they have been used together for centuries both in cooking and in traditional medicine, particularly in India.
Ginger’s unique properties come primarily from the presence of gingerols. These plant-based compounds have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, so much so that they have been the subject of research for treatment of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, both very painful joint conditions. When using ginger regularly in one study, participants reported an improvement in overall arthritis symptoms, including increased mobility and flexibility of the joints, along with decreased pain, stiffness and swelling.
Turmeric, too, is powerful in its own right and several studies have concluded that regular use of it can be more effective at treating pain and inflammation than aspirin or NSAID’s. It can help relieve the symptoms of conditions like osteoarthritis and ulcerative colitis, whose pain and discomfort stem largely from the inflammatory process. Turmeric’s active ingredients is called curcumin and its has been used both in Indian Ayurvedic medicine and Chinese Traditional Medicine for thousands of years to help with various conditions such as the ones mentioned above.
In short, both of these herbs have a proven track record for treating chronic inflammation. There is more, however. Both have strong anti-oxidant properties which can reduce oxidative stress throughout the body and even reduce the chances of developing serious conditions like cancer. They are also both excellent for improving digestion and promoting overall gastrointestinal health. Regular use of this tea below, then, not only reduces inflammation but also oxidative stress and keeps the digestive system healthy. It is, in short, a great overall tonic, as well as being both delicious and easy to prepare.
Anti-inflammatory Ginger Turmeric Tea Recipe
- One cup water
- 1 teaspoon grated turmeric
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger root
- Raw honey to taste
- Lemon wedge
Boil water in a saucepan, then add spices and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Strain the tea, add honey to taste and garnish with a lemon wedge.
As you can see, this recipe is super-simple to prepare. Don’t be fooled by its simplicity, however – regular use of think drink can make a huge difference in your immunity, digestion and overall health. It is especially good as a warming, anti-viral drink going into the cold and flu season.
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