Brew a Cup of Turmeric Tea

You can find turmeric tea everywhere in Metro Tagaytay; in fact several farms nearby (in Alfonso and Indang) produce their own yellow ginger powder mixes for sale and distribution. Here’s an article from The Turmeric For health team on the many benefits of drinking turmeric tea.

Drink to your health! Turmeric tea photo by The Capital Group's Lifestyle Magazine on www.capitalfm.co.ke

Drink to your health! Turmeric tea photo by The Capital Group’s Lifestyle Magazine on www.capitalfm.co.ke

Turmeric has been used in India and other Asian countries as a spice, for medicinal purposes and as food. Turmeric root is taken and powdered before use.

However, other forms are available like capsules, tincture, fluid extracts and tea. Turmeric tea offers various health benefits.

Turmeric Health Benefits

According to research, turmeric is known to have more that 600 health benefits! Turmeric has many anti-inflammatory properties that help in treating various health problems like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis.

It also helps people with cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, high cholesterol etc. It can also provide health benefits for those with lichen planus (a chronic disease that affects the mucous membrane of the skin, mouth and tongue) and chronic anterior uveitis (inflammation of the middle eye).

Its anti-oxidant properties can prevent cataracts and cancer. Turmeric can reduces risk of contracting atherosclerosis by preventing blood clots. Diabetic patients and those with viral infections can also benefit from turmeric.

People use anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or aspirin to cure inflammatory conditions.

From SimplyGreenandHealthy.com

From SimplyGreenandHealthy.com

Why do you need to take these drugs when you can use turmeric in various forms without any potential side effects?

Turmeric also helps to prevent blood from clotting. It reduces inflammation caused by wounds, acne and other skin conditions. Hence, a little bit of turmeric added to various foods can provide these benefits on a daily basis.

Since there are so many health benefits of curcumin, turmeric tea is one way of enjoying them.

Turmeric Tea

Studies conducted at the University of California have found that curcumin that is the active ingredient in turmeric and therefore in turmeric tea can reduce the instances of Alzheimer’s disease.

This is why a study of elderly people in Indian villages found that they had the lowest instances of Alzheimer’s in the world. When beta-amyloid plaque accumulates in the brain, this abnormality causes Alzheimer’s disease.

Curcumin in turmeric tea can block this plaque accumulation and reduce inflammation of neural tissue that is another cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Freshly brewed turmeric tea provides all the great health benefits of curcumin.

Recipe for Turmeric Tea

From Medindia.net.

From Medindia.net.

Basic Recipe: Take four cups of water and bring it to the boil. Add 1 teaspoon turmeric. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for at least 10 minutes. Strain this using a fine sieve. Add lemon or for taste.

As a variation, a teaspoon of ginger can be added to the turmeric tea. Good quality turmeric powder must be used for this recipe.

Tips on how to choose good turmeric powder:

Another great addition can be cinnamon. Cinnamon has awesome health benefits and also serve as sweetener.

However, grating fresh turmeric root each time you brew your tea can provide a richer flavor.

Since the health benefits of turmeric are widely known, turmeric root is available in most grocery stores worldwide.

This is the basic recipe to prepare turmeric tea.

You can use different ingredients depending on your specific preferences. There are turmeric tea bags available for those who do not have the time to brew a cup from scratch.

However, the best flavor can be got from brewing a cup using fresh ingredients.

Creamy Turmeric Tea: This is a tasty variation to the basic turmeric tea recipe.

Take a cup of coconut or almond milk and warm it gently. Mix turmeric (1/2 teaspoon), pinch of cayenne pepper, finely chopped ginger root (1/2 inch), 1-1/2 teaspoon of any sweetener or cinnamon in a mug.

Pour a little of the warmed milk onto the mixture and mix till all lumps are removed. Mix in the rest of the milk and strain before drinking.

This recipe could be great to soothe a sore throat, runny nose or relieve stress after a hard day’s work.

A word of caution ..

Turmeric as a spice is very safe, which means if one takes turmeric in limited amounts it has no side-effects.

But one should not take too much of turmeric too as than may have some side effects if taken for a long term.

It could also affect those with gallbladder disease, those who take blood thinner medications, drugs for diabetes or stomach acid-reducers.

Pregnant women are advised to control consumption since it could stimulate the uterus.

From The Hearty Soul.

From The Hearty Soul.

(Article from the Turmeric for Health Team. Photo credits: AutoImmune Paleo, Littlefig,CapitalFM’s Lifestyle Magazine, SimplyGreenandHealthy.com, and Medindia.net.)

Our take on turmeric tea

We’re big fans of turmeric tea here at the Tagaytay Living offices; our favorite is a special turmeric powder tea blend with coco sugar (instead of regular sugar).  We do take the regular turmeric tea variety with honey and lemon too.

What do you think of turmeric tea?  Do you drink this stuff regularly too?  Let us know in the comments section below!

5 thoughts on “Brew a Cup of Turmeric Tea

  1. Hi I really appreciate the info on termeric tea and I will try the recipes. I am being treated for H-pylori with antibiotics Do you know if I could include termeric now or should I wait till I finish the course of tablets? Thank you very much will pass on your recipes if that’s ok.

    • Hello Barbara. Thanks for stopping by!

      We’re not experts on turmeric tea in any way, but we think it might be best to get the professional opinion of your physician, to at least make sure your body is OK with all the ingredients mentioned. Take a copy of the recipe along with you and show him, if you wish.

      We have a special turmeric tea blend available locally in powder form, so we have a hot cup of tea daily. Pretty enjoyable, especially in the (relatively) chillier weather we’ve been having lately.

      Good luck on your treatments!

      • Hi, I would like to know if you sell this in Australia? Do you have some stores here that sell turmeric tea? Please help.

  2. Hello i really need your 12-1 turmeric tea the one that i bought a year ago in Tagaytay but after i finish one sachet i can’t find your store again. can i have your address in Tagaytay? tnx

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