We are currently living in an age where modern pharmaceutical drugs may be able to work miracles – but only if you can afford it. That being so, it’s hardly surprising that many people are becoming increasingly interested in the power of “Natureceuticals”, plants with medicinal properties which can be used either to treat specific conditions or to improve general health and wellness, or, in some cases, both.
Additionally, the internet has made it possible for people to learn about natural healing in other parts of the world. As a result, turmeric now has global status as a “wonder plant” whereas before the knowledge of its healing powers was largely confined to its home of India, where it has long been prized in Ayurvedic medicine due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Turmeric tea can be a beneficial treatment for many of the most feared conditions in the modern world, including rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. While this last may surprise some people, the fact is that the brain is a physical organ and as such can suffer from cell damage and the effects of inflammation, hence turmeric tea can be a powerful treatment for neurological conditions as well as physical ones. Turmeric is also known to boost the immune system, which is particularly useful in winter.
Some people may be put off the idea of drinking turmeric tea because they believe it will taste bad. There is a certain degree of truth in this, turmeric is on the bitter side, but in and of itself it’s not that strong, which means that, if the taste of turmeric itself is not for you (some people do actually like it), then it’s actually pretty easy to disguise, so let’s look at your options.
Buy a Ready-Made Turmeric Tea Blend
The good news for anyone interested in benefiting from all the goodness of turmeric tea, without the turmeric taste, is that you’re definitely not alone and there are lots of companies out there producing ready-made turmeric tea blends just for people like you. When purchasing a ready-made turmeric tea blend, always check that it includes black pepper or a compound made therefrom such as Piperine, as this massively improves the digestibility of turmeric and hence the goodness you get from it.
Ready-made turmeric teas can be a great option if you want a more complex blend, basically one with lots of other spices in it, either for their flavor or their goodness (or hopefully both). They can save you the need to store the different spices and to blend them in exactly the right proportions every time you want to drink a cup of turmeric tea. It is, however, perfectly straightforward to make your own turmeric tea.
The most basic option is to take a mug of hot water at a drinkable temperature (i.e. off the boil) and add a teaspoon of turmeric powder and a pinch of black pepper. Stir and you’re ready to drink, but if you’re like most people, you’re probably not going to want to, so here are some other options you could add for flavor and goodness.
- Lemon juice – As well as being a taste many people enjoy, lemon juice is a great partner for turmeric as it is a gentle but effective cleanser and also boosts the immune system.
Honey – Honey needs to be used with a bit of caution, because, at the end of the day, it’s basically sugar and therefore needs to be consumed in moderation. At the same time, honey does have a number of beneficial properties, regular sugar does not so if you do need a sweetener, it’s a good choice. Honey is a good partner for turmeric as it is antibacterial and antifungal as well as sweet. It’s particularly good in the colder months as it soothes sore throats and coughs.
- Ginger – Ginger is often used with turmeric, possibly because of the connotations with curry. It is also anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and hence partnering it with turmeric can really increase the benefits you get from your turmeric tea.
- Cardamom – Cardamom is a particularly good choice for those using turmeric tea to help diabetes and/or heart conditions as it can help to lower cholesterol. It is also another anti-inflammatory and, as an added bonus, has a taste many people enjoy, which is why it is frequently used in desserts. It can also be used to freshen breath.
- Cinnamon – Cinnamon is routinely used in baking because of its delicious taste and smell and finds its way into many other dishes as well, mostly sweet, sometimes savory. It’s a great partner for turmeric because it also has lots of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s particularly good for people using turmeric tea as a means to control heart disease and/or diabetes.