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Turmeric Tea

Yesterday I showed you how to make a therapeutic paste from turmeric, which has been heated and contains black pepper.

Heat and black pepper have been found to improve the absorption of curcumin, the active compound of turmeric, within the digestive system. Fat is the 3rd element which also improves the absorption of turmeric.

Today I will show you how to prepare 3 therapeutic teas from this paste.

Turmeric and Lemon Tea

By adding lemon this helps to counteract the bitter/earthy taste of turmeric and freshens the flavour.

Lemon is naturally antiseptic and complements turmeric's detoxifying, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties

1/4 tsp turmeric paste
1 tsp of fresh lemon juice or to taste
1/4 tsp of coconut oil or clarified butter
honey to taste (optional)
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  1. Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric paste in a cup of hot water
  2. Mix in 1/4 tsp of clarified butter or coconut oil
  3. Add some fresh lemon to your taste.
  4. If you need a sweetener then add a little honey, date or maple syrup. You could even add a little unrefined sugar (rapadura, jaggery, ghur)
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Turmeric and Ginger Tea

Ginger is a fantastic complement to turmeric. They both support liver detoxification and have many benefits including: lowering blood fats/blood-sugar/cholesterol, anti-inflammatory and promoting circulatory flow.

1/4 tsp turmeric paste
1 tsp of fresh grated ginger
1/4 tsp of coconut oil or clarified butter
honey to taste (optional)
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  1. In a saucepan, simmer about a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes
  2. Strain the ginger water into a cup and stir in 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric paste.
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  3. Mix in 1/4 tsp of clarified butter or coconut oil
  4. If you need a sweetener then add a little honey, date or maple syrup. You could even add a little unrefined sugar (rapadura, jaggery, ghur). 
    Alternatively add some freshly squeezed lemon for a zing.
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Turmeric Tea (Golden Tea)

This the traditional Ayurvedic way of making tea from turmeric. Golden tea is traditionally drunk to help with inflammatory conditions and to promote healing within the body.

Full fat cow's milk, is traditionally used to make golden tea, which may be heavy for some or they may have lactose intolorance. For a non-dairy version I recommend using homemade coconut milk or almond milk.

Milk softens the bitter/earthy taste of turmeric and supplies protein, additional minerals and the essential fat which we now know helps the body to absorb curcumin.
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1/4 tsp turmeric paste
1/4 cup full fat organic dairy milk (goat, cow) or homemade coconut milk
1/4 tsp of coconut oil or clarified butter
honey to taste (optional)

  1. In a saucepan, heat the milk until it is hot but not boiling.
  2. Add 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric paste to 3/4 cup of hot water
  3. Mix in the hot milk
  4. If you need a sweetener then add a little honey, date or maple syrup. You could even add a little unrefined sugar (rapadura, jaggery, ghur)

Each cup of turmeric tea made from 1/4 tsp of turmeric paste contains around 350mg of turmeric.

Some Precautions

Turmeric can stimulate uterine contractions, therefore avoid this tea in pregnancy.

Turmeric used medicinally has been found to help:

  • Reduce inflammation and pain
  • Lower blood sugar
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Lower blood fats
  • Thin the blood

If you are currently taking medications to reduce blood sugar, lower cholesterol or thin the blood and want to use turmeric therapeutically then please be aware that it will have an additional effect.

I discussed turmeric precautions with my niece who is a qualified medical doctor and she pointed me to an excellent resource about turmeric precautions.

The amounts I have specified (1/4 tsp turmeric paste contains around 350mg of turmeric) should not cause any issues but if you experience any adverse conditions then stop and consult your health care provider for further advice.

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