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Video: Turmeric Tea - 7 Aromatic Recipes Against The Flu
Temperatures are dropping, days are getting shorter and all of this means we need to prepare for winter. One of the best ideas to adapt to the winter climate is to brew a good cup of tea. Full of spices and herbs, it will create a lovely atmosphere - festive and cozy - in the house. But apart from its aroma, tea still has one advantage and that is its positive effect on health. During this period, our body needs an immune stimulant that will protect us from viruses and for this reason, today we present you with turmeric tea. Read on to find out why it's a "must have" in the kitchen and to find the tastiest recipes.
Turmeric tea - a delicious booster during the winter
Turmeric is native to Southeast Asia and is part of the ginger family. It has been used as a natural remedy for thousands of years in Indian and Chinese Ayurvedic medicine for its medicinal, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has a bright yellow-orange color and is also used in cooking. The benefits of turmeric for health and beauty are numerous and that is why we will implement it in the drink most consumed during cold days. Warm up with our 7 turmeric tea recipes that will boost your body in a natural and super healthy way.
How to make turmeric tea?
Turmeric tea can be made from pure turmeric powder or from dried, grated or ground turmeric. The steps for preparing turmeric tea are as follows:
- Boil 4 cups of water.
- Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of ground, grated or powdered turmeric.
- Simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes.
- Strain the tea into a container and let it cool for 5 minutes.
Many people add additional ingredients to their turmeric tea to improve the taste or to facilitate absorption. Here are 5 ideas how to combine the yellow spice:
1. Turmeric + honey to sweeten the tea and give the mixture more antimicrobial properties. It is a classic combination and perhaps the most used.
2. Turmeric + whole milk to aid absorption, as curcumin needs healthy fats to dissolve properly. If you are vegan, replace the milk with almond milk, coconut milk or a tablespoon of coconut oil or ghee (clarified butter).
3. Turmeric + black pepper which contains piperine. The latter is a chemical known to aid the absorption of curcumin and which can add a spicy flavor to tea.
4. Turmeric + lemon to strengthen the antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of the mixture and improve the taste.
5. Turmeric + rose hips + lavender + rose + lemongrass. A mix of aromas that complement each other perfectly.
How to make golden milk?
Turmeric has a specific and strong taste and for this reason many people avoid it in the preparation of drinks. But because of its inflammatory properties that make turmeric a natural remedy for flu and colds, a solution has been found. It is called "golden milk". It is an alternative to the vitamin shot "Pink Latte" which is in fact the English way of drinking tea - adding milk to it. This softens the taste of the spice giving it a touch of sweetness. And here is the recipe for a turmeric tea with milk. You just have to boil the spices, strain the infusion and add the milk.
- 1 cup of coconut or nut milk
- 1 C. almond or coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp. teaspoon ground turmeric
- A pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- 1 small piece of peeled and grated ginger root (or to taste)
- 1 pinch of powdered cardamom
- 1 pinch of ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of honey for a little sweetness
Turmeric hot chocolate
This is the ultimate recipe for kids. Of course, they prefer to drink chocolate instead of tea. With this recipe, you can combine them to create a super nutrient-dense drink that will boost your child's immune system.
- Fresh ginger root (about 10 cm), washed and cut lengthwise into half-inch-wide strips
- Fresh turmeric root, about a third of the ginger root, also cut into longitudinal strips
- 6 cinnamon sticks
- 2 tbsp. 1 teaspoon of cardamom
- 10 cloves
- 10 peppercorns
- 10 anise stars
Put the ingredients in 2 liters of milk and boil them. Turn off the heat, add 2 tbsp. tablespoons cocoa powder +2 tbsp. tablespoon of sugar (or honey) and soak in hot water for 30 minutes, then drain. Chocolate can be served hot or cold and stored in the fridge.
What to pay attention to?
Almost anyone can benefit from the consumption of turmeric tea, especially because it can boost the immune system and act as an anticancer agent. People with pain caused by inflammation may be the ones who benefit the most. However, people with diabetes or those taking blood thinners should consult their doctor before trying a turmeric supplement as it can thin the blood.