There might have been a time when all of us decided to treat our headaches, backaches and other body pains with medications, based on ibuprofen (Motrin, Nurofen, Advil & Nuprin).
Ibuprofen is known to deal with any sort of pain instantly but does not solve the long-term problems inside the body.
By consuming too much of this pills, you could experience certain side-effects like hypertension (high blood pressure), erectile dysfunction, diarrhea/nausea, gastrointestinal bleeding, increased risk of heart attack, potential kidney cancer formation and others.
Fortunately, Mother Nature was graceful enough to provide us with a remedy for it all- turmeric.
While ibuprofen and similar NSAIDs inhibit the Cyclooxygenase 2 or COX – 2 enzyme, and may cause further inflammation, turmeric acts very mildly yet it brings results.
Turmeric is packed with a very powerful compound, known as curcumin, which acts like a true miracle for your health. Turmeric tea falls into the healthiest, most ancient and most effective natural remedies for getting rid of pain and inflammation.
Turmeric tea is not recommended if you are breast feeding or pregnant. What turmeric does best is, it heals the aching joints and muscles and relaxes the body at the same time. Today’s recipe focuses on how to prepare your own turmeric tea at home. You can add other ingredients, such as ginger, to boost the effects.
Health Benefits Of Turmeric
Turmeric contains more than 100 health-promoting compounds, including curcumin. This compound has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, choleretic, antimicrobial, and carminative effects.
“Turmeric is used as an herbal medicine for rheumatoid arthritis, chronic anterior uveitis, conjunctivitis, skin cancer, smallpox, chicken pox, wound healing, urinary tract infections, and liver ailments. It is also used for digestive disorders; to reduce flatus, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, and colic; for abdominal pain and distension; and for dyspeptic conditions including loss of appetite, postprandial feelings of fullness, and liver and gallbladder complaints, ” writes Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects.
Additionally, turmeric fights degenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s, inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, and mental health conditions such as depression.
Other benefits include:
- Fights inflammation naturally better than NSAIDs
- Fights free radical damage
- Boosts hormone function
- Reverses cognitive decline
- Fights Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease
- Lowers risk of heart disease
- Prevents cancer
10 Turmeric Drinks that Promote Health and Wellness
You can’t eat curry every day, so drink up this healing spice instead!
1. Turmeric Tea Recipe
- 4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons grated fresh turmeric root, or 1 heaped teaspoon ground turmeric
- Fresh lemon/honey to taste
Boil some water on the stove and once it starts bubbling throw in the turmeric. If you are using fresh grated turmeric, boil for 15 – 20 minutes. Strain tea properly, then add the lemon and spice it up with honey to your taste.
2. Golden Turmeric Milk
This golden milk recipe is the perfect morning treat to set your body on the right track.
- 2 cups of milk, preferably coconut or homemade nut milk
- 1 teaspoon dried ginger powder
- 1 teaspoon dried turmeric powder
- A pinch of black pepper
- Honey, to taste
- Heat the milk over medium heat until it begins to steam.
- Add spices.
- Simmer for a few minutes and cool for 10 minutes.
- Drink hot.
3. Turmeric Smoothie
If you’re a fan of smoothies, you’ll love this recipe!
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 tablespoon of coconut milk
- ½ banana
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- Put all the ingredients in a high-power blender and blend until smooth. Add water or more coconut milk if necessary to improve texture.
- Drink immediately.
4. Turmeric Tea (updated)
Flavorful and complex, this tea is a healthy way to warm up on a cold day.
- 1-2 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger root
- 1-2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- A pinch of nutmeg powder
- A pinch of clove powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- A pinch of black pepper
- Coconut milk (optional)
- Raw honey (optional)
- Boil water in a small saucepan over high heat.
- Once boiling, reduce to medium heat and add all the spices.
- Simmer for 5 minutes, strain, and serve hot.
- Add honey and milk to taste.
5. Turmeric Water with Black Pepper
If you’re short on time, this recipe is a great quick fix.
- 1 tablespoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon of black pepper
- 1 teaspoon olive or coconut oil (optional)
Mix all the ingredients in a glass of water and drink immediately!
6. Turmeric Latte
Replace your calorie-laden coffee latte with this healthy alternative.
- 1 cup of almond or coconut milk, unsweetened
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- Pinch of black pepper
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated turmeric root
- 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger root
- Raw honey
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
- Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add all the ingredient but the honey into the pan.
- Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes.
- Strain, add honey and serve.
7. Turmeric Lemon Tea
This tea is sure to pack a punch of energy!
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- Honey to taste
Combine lemon juice, turmeric, ginger and cayenne in a mug, top with boiling water and sweeten to taste with honey.
8. Turmeric Tonic
Tasty and full of electrolytes, this tonic is perfect to hydrate after a hot day.
- 3 cups coconut water
- 1/2 cup fresh ginger slices
- 1 lime, cut into quarters and squeezed
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- Cayenne pepper to taste
Combine ingredients in a glass jar with a lid, shake well, and refrigerate overnight.
Serve at room temperature.
9. Turmeric Kombucha
Kombucha packs a probiotic punch, so why not make it even more nutritious with turmeric?
- 1 glass jar with tight lids to hold 1 gallon of liquid
- 1 gallon of unflavored homebrewed kombucha
- 1/2 green apple, cut into matchsticks
- 2 tsp fresh grated turmeric (or 1 teaspoon ground dried turmeric)
- 2 tsp fresh grated ginger (or 1 teaspoon ground dried ginger)
- Pour the fresh kombucha (but not the scoby) into the jar, leaving a few inches of headspace at the top.
- Place the spices and the apple matchstick into the jar.
- Leave the jar in a dark corner at room temperature for 3-5 days. Remove the lid for a few seconds every day to relieve the build-up of fermentation gas.
- When you like the taste and fizziness of your brew, remove the apple pieces and place the jar in the refrigerator.
- Consume within 2-3 weeks.
Spicy, smooth, and comforting, this tea will your new favorite!
- 2 1/4 cups water
- 6 tbsp coconut sugar
- 4 black tea bags
- 1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/8 tsp ground coriander
- Small pinch of black pepper
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- 3/4 tsp raw coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup tea concentrate
- 1/8 tsp turmeric
- To make the tea concentrate, combine all ingredients in the first list except for tea bags and vanilla in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat and add the tea bags and vanilla.
- Steep for at least 10 minutes.
- Pour through a tea strainer and store in a sealable container. It will last about 7 days refrigerated.
- To make 1 latte, whisk together the coconut milk, coconut sugar and turmeric in a small saucepan.
- Warm up over medium heat just until it just begins to boil.
- Remove from heat. Use a milk frother or immersion blender if desired to create milk foam.
- Combine the warm milk mixture with 1/4 cup of the tea concentrate in a glass.
- Stir well and garnish with cinnamon and adjust sweetness as necessary.
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