Coconut oil is being blended with popular beverages like coffee, tea, cocoa and cacao. This type of drink is termed bullet-proof as the medium chain fatty acids provide a boost of energy. Apart from the energising influence, coconut oil also has beneficial antifungal and antibacterial properties too. Coconut oil when blended adds a creamy taste and also replaces the need to add milk to these types of drinks too.
The addition of coconut oil in bullet-proof coffee got me thinking about the Ayurvedic drink known as golden milk, which is made by combining turmeric and milk. This ancient drink supports wound healing and helps reduce pain and inflammation. A bulletproof version of golden milk could definitely take advantage of coconut's therapeutic properties too.
I've seen different versions of bullet proof turmeric tea but I would like to share my take on it. I combine turmeric powder with freshly ground black pepper to support the absorption of curcumin, which is thought to be the main active ingredient of turmeric. The addition of ground ginger powder boosts circulation, and also has inflammatory and analgesic properties too.
Using a dry mix of turmeric, black pepper and ginger is convenient and ready to make bullet-proof turmeric tea whenever it is required.
All that needs to be done is to blend 1/2 teaspoon of the dry mix with hot water and around 1/2-1 tsp of coconut oil.
Blending incorporates the coconut oil with the powders and creates a drink with a creamy, slightly spicy but surprisingly pleasant taste.
Try to get organic ingredients if possible to reduce pesticides etc. Non-organic versions may contain contaminants and fillers. I would also mix up small amounts to retain freshness.
Turmeric Tea Dry Mix
5 parts organic turmeric powder
1 part organic ginger powder
1 part freshly ground black pepper
To make up a small batch of dry turmeric tea combine:
10 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp ginger powder
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper - use a coffee grinder
Give the powders a good mix and store in a glass jar with a lid. Keep the jar in a cool cupboard.
As you can see, I've made a bigger batch, which I will be sharing.
Making bullet-proof turmeric tea is now simple but requires the use of a hand blender to properly mix the coconut oil in.
- In my blending jug, I add 1 tsp of coconut oil, 1/2 tsp of the dry turmeric tea mix and 1 cup of boiled water.
- Using my stick blender, I blend the tea until it appears creamy.
- I pour the tea into a cup, it's ready to drink and surprisingly pleasant to drink. Blending in the coconut oil, definitely improves the flavour.
If you need to sweeten just add a little raw honey, coconut palm sugar or date syrup.
Larger particles of turmeric, ginger and pepper do settle at the bottom of the cup, which is fine as the tea still contains these elements. You could strain the tea but I prefer to leave these larger particles by not stirring the tea as they can catch in the throat.
Benefits of Bullet-proof Turmeric Tea
- Bullet-proof turmeric tea stimulates the liver to produce bile and may help support the liver with detoxification. It also stimulates circulation and blood flow, which can support healing within the body.
- Due to the combination of turmeric, ginger and black pepper, if there is any pain or inflammation in the body then this tea could help provide support with healing by reducing pain and inflammation.
- This tea helps thin the blood and may help to lower blood pressure, blood sugar and blood cholesterol. If you are on blood thinning medications or medications to control blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol then some caution and monitoring may be required. I recommend consulting your health practitioner for further advice.
Supporting Joint Pain and Inflammation
- If you are on blood thinning medications or medications to control blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol then some caution and monitoring may be required. I recommend consulting your health practitioner for further advice.
- I would recommend initially trying 1 cup of bullet-proof turmeric tea made with 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of the dry turmeric tea mix once a day, away from other foods and drink. If there are no adverse reactions and you want to support health issues like joint pain, inflammation etc then after a week of taking 1/2 teaspoon a day, include another cup of turmeric tea made with 1/2 teaspoon of the dry mix towards the end of the day away from other foods.
- Do not take more than 1-1.5 teaspoon of the dry turmeric mix within any 24 hour period.
- Monitor the body and discontinue if there are any adverse reactions.
- Turmeric teas have been traditionally been taken as a food-based medicine in both Chinese and Indian traditional medicine to treat pain, inflammation and support healing. These powerful ingredients should be taken with care and respect.
- The ingredients of this tea: ginger, black pepper and turmeric have been historically used for centuries as spices to enhance food and medicinally too. However precaution is required for certain health conditions, especially if considering taking this tea therapeutically in higher doses normally found in food.
- Turmeric stimulates the release of bile. If you have liver or gall bladder issues like gallstones then seek advice from a health practitioner
- Turmeric and ginger both lower blood sugar/pressure/cholesterol and thin the blood. So if you are taking medications then seek advice from a health practitioner.
- If you are pregnant or nursing then again seek advice. Turmeric may stimulate uterine contractions.
For further information on turmeric dosing have a look at this article on the 'Turmeric for Health' website
Experience the power of bulletproof turmeric tea.