Most of the times I start my day with few cups of warm lemon water, but when colder season comes I tend to switch to warming & detoxifying turmeric-ginger tea. I must confess that I’m a huge fan of ginger in all kinds of forms (in main courses and baked goods, drinks and sauces…), so this is just another opportunity to use it :) In this case it’s not only great because of its ginger taste, but it also has LOTS of health benefits and the bright orange color of this tea is perfect to balance the moody, sunless days of winter. Due to ginger’s energizing properties and spicy, strong taste this drink works well instead of coffee, too (imagine no side effects and plenty of benefits, each morning!). I love drinking it before my morning meditation and it helps me to start the day warm, fully awake & concentrated.
Both ginger and turmeric is highly used in Indian cuisine and many other Asian cuisines and they have been praised for centuries for their medicinal properties. Here are some of the healing properties of them:
Heating & activating;
Improves circulation and digestion;
Helps to fight certain kinds of cancer;
Detoxify the liver;
Antioxidant & anti-inflammatory
You can buy ginger and turmeric fresh as roots or dried and ground as powder. Fresh is always better, but turmeric in ground form works for this recipe, too. For fresh roots check Asian markets or organic food shops, though ginger is more common and usually can be found in regular supermarkets, too. Personally I really don’t like strong taste of dried ginger in teas, but some people like it, so you can try and and see for yourself. Powdered ginger works better for sweets/baked goods.
* 800 ml of water
* Fresh ginger root- 1-2 cm length piece;
* Fresh turmeric root 1-2 cm length piece or 1/2 tsp turmeric powder;
* Few pinches of black pepper, preferably freshly ground;
* Few crushed cardamon pods (optional)
* Juice of 1/2 lemon (preferably organic)
*1 Tbsp raw honey (or according to your taste)
* Small pinch of chilly/cayenne powder (optional)
If possible, use organic ingredients.
It’s very important to use black pepper in this drink because substance called piperine (which is found in black pepper) helps to absorb curcumin (turmeric’s main healing compound) properly. It enhances absorption of curcumin by 2000%.
Pour the water in a pot and bring to boil. Add pinches of black pepper, cardamon pods and chilly if you use them. Wash ginger and turmeric roots & cut them in thin slices and add to the pot, too. Boil for 7-10 min., then set aside to cool down. When the tea is not hot anymore (it should be still pretty warm, but not hot) squeeze in lemon juice & add honey, mix until it’s dissolved. Pour the tea through a strainer to cups & enjoy :)
Warning: turmeric has gorgeous color, but it is VERY staining, fresh even more than powdered. Your hands and nails will wash after some time, but be careful with kitchen surfaces & clothes. Strangely enough it doesn’t stain teeth and funnily enough some people even use it for whitening their teeth :)I’m heading to Morocco tomorrow- it’s my first time in Africa and I’m really looking forward to warm weather, new adventures and vivid colors. And as we come to the end of this year I’ll also be doing some last year’s reviews and planning for the coming year. I’ll share the framework I use for that in the next blog post. Until then- enjoy your holidays and I wish you happy & magical New year celebration!
With love & inspiration,