Sunday, December 11, 2011

Building Your Medicine Chest: Turmeric Chai Tea


We all have our go-to-remedies and today I would like to share with you one of mine.

Turmeric is one of the world’s most powerful natural healers. Its’ active ingredient curcumin, has been known for centuries to have extremely potent medicinal properties and is documented as being effective in treating a variety of conditions.

Other than the occasional curry, I struggled to add this beneficial root herb to our diet. That was until I created a Turmeric Chai Tea!

Although my palate rejoices simply at the thought of this drink, I must warn you…this is some pungent stuff! Tasty, but definitely a pretty serious tea.

10 Reasons Why Turmeric Is One of My Favorite Remedies
  1. Turmeric is an anti-microbial. That means it will attack both bacterial infections and viral infections and destroy both. It is particularly effective in treating illnesses of the respiratory system (this makes it a superb remedy for the cold and flu season).
  2. It has shown to prevent and stop the growth of prostate, breast, skin, lung and colon cancer
  3. Known to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes
  4. A natural liver detoxifier.
  5. Research shows it may prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
  6. As a potent natural anti-inflammatory, turmeric may work just as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs. Furthermore, reducing the risks associated with the side effects of those types of medications.
  7. It’s a natural painkiller.
  8. Aids in fat metabolism (i.e. helps with weight management)
  9. Trusted for many, many years in other cultures as a treatment for depression.
  10. Speeds up wound healing and assists in the treatment of acne, eczema, psoriasis, uneven pigmentation, and lackluster skin.
I’ve added it to a list of my most favorite medicinal herbs. In fact, it’s right up there with garlic, ginger, parsley, sage and rosemary.

Turmeric Chai Tea Recipe


Turmeric Chai Tea Powder
(4 servings)

-3 tablespoons ground turmeric
-4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
-1/8 teaspoon ground clove
-1 teaspoon ground cardamon
-2 teaspoons ground ginger
-1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions: Mix all ingredients together and store in a glass jar.

Note: Cayenne pepper, although optional in the recipe, will speed the turmeric through the blood stream by relaxing blood vessels down to capillaries allowing more turmeric to get to the infections faster.


Tea Prep
(single serving)

-4 teaspoons of Turmeric Chai Tea Powder
-1 cup water
-sweetener to taste
-1/2-1 cup warm milk (i.e. cow, goat, almond, hemp, coconut, etc.)


Directions: Bring 1 cup of water to boil. Pour water over spices and steep for 10 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve or a cheesecloth. Add sweetener and milk.


Notes and Tips

-WARNING: Turmeric will turn everything it touches yellow.

-Using fresh herbs is always the better option. If using fresh turmeric and ginger increase steep time, during the prep, to 20 minutes.

-Turmeric, along with the other spices required in this recipe, is available in a well-appointed health food store, the spice aisle of most grocery stores, and in bulk online through companies such as Mountain Rose Herbs and The Bulk Herb Store.

-Because it stimulates the uterus, turmeric is not recommended for pregnant women. It is also contraindicated for those with gall bladder disease or gallstones. As a good general rule, please consult your physician prior to the use of any herbal/spice remedy.




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Inspirational Resources:
Turmeric Superfood
20 Health Benefits of Turmeric
New Findings Show Disease Fighting Powers of Turmeric

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24 Comments:

At December 11, 2011 at 8:25 AM , Anonymous Wendy @HerBallistic Garden said...

I've heard about the wonderful things turmeric does and thank you for posting this tea...I'll be trying this. xo

 
At December 11, 2011 at 11:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you...i'm def going to try this! Esther from fleurcottage

 
At December 11, 2011 at 1:03 PM , Anonymous Stacy Makes Cents said...

Wondering.....you said, painkiller - is this tea effective for headaches?

 
At December 11, 2011 at 1:27 PM , Anonymous Jenny said...

This is awesome! And a great idea for a homemade Christmas gift. Thanks =)

 
At December 11, 2011 at 4:04 PM , Blogger Junky Vagabond said...

thanks for posting this - I like curries but don't really get enough of it to make a difference. Will try this and let you know what I think!
-Jill

 
At December 11, 2011 at 5:45 PM , Blogger Allison at Novice Life said...

Interesting! I will have to give it a try :)

 
At December 11, 2011 at 9:35 PM , Blogger Laura said...

What a fantastic idea to combine turmeric and chai tea. I will be making this tea very soon-perfect in the winter!

 
At December 12, 2011 at 9:48 AM , OpenID folkhaven said...

I had learned of the benefits of turmeric some time a go and had tried sneaking it into our diets willy nilly as much as I could. Then I kinda for got all about it. Now both my son and I are suffering from allergies and he reacts to most allergy medication with hyperactivity and extreme insomnia. I can't take the medicine either as I'm breastfeeding him, so he reacts to my medicine too. Thanks for the reminder about turmeric. Since it reduces inflammation it will probably help with our allergies.

And Indian neighbor told me that turmeric also helps broken bones to knit. They give it to children with broken bones mixed into milk and the bones knit faster and stronger than without the use of turmeric.

 
At December 12, 2011 at 11:25 AM , Blogger Rachel said...

This sounds wonderful! I was going to make turmeric honey for my dad as he struggles with arthritis and gout, both of which benefit from turmeric. I may make this instead. I think I'll probably use cut and whole spices as they hold their properties a bit better.

 
At December 12, 2011 at 7:08 PM , Anonymous Niru said...

Very interesting. I ate haldi (turmeric) every day during both of pregnancies (as do millions of Indian women) and suffered no ill effects. Stimulating the uterus can actually help in the delivery process.

Thanks for this great way to increase it in your diet! I add it too almost all vegetables that I sautee. It doesn't change the flavor much, just adds as aroma. I also add it to soups. I really love mixing it with polenta, makes it look so much more buttery. Yum.

 
At December 13, 2011 at 6:51 AM , Anonymous LoeLaLoep (Heidi) said...

It sure sounds good, especially for the health. Thanks for sharing, I'll keep an eye open for all the ingredients.

 
At December 13, 2011 at 7:03 AM , Blogger the momma (aka Shannon) said...

hmmm...i'm going to have to give this a try! thanks for the recipe!

 
At December 13, 2011 at 7:25 AM , Anonymous Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z said...

This is such a great and informative post. I posted a recipe this week using tumeric and want to start including more in my diet. I love this tea. I just pinned it and am going to mention in my blog with a link... thanks so much for sharing it.

 
At December 13, 2011 at 8:09 AM , Anonymous Jen said...

I have all the spices, but alas no chai tea. I could use it about right now to knock the rest of this cold outta here. . Thanks for the tip. I will have to get this ready from my next cold attack!

 
At December 13, 2011 at 11:03 AM , OpenID dishesanddishes said...

I have been looking for a way to get more turmeric in my diet but this is the best idea I've seen yet! Thank you so much for posting this!

 
At December 13, 2011 at 2:37 PM , Blogger Olah Momma! said...

I bookmarked this recipe to make. Love teas, but haven't tried one with turmeric.

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At December 13, 2011 at 5:09 PM , Blogger Beth said...

I can't wait to share this post with my daughter. She has recently added tumeric to her diet and has been reading about the great healing properties of this herb/spice. This tea sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

 
At December 15, 2011 at 4:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you know that Curcumin is quite difficult for the body to absorb?
Black pepper (piperine) has been shown to multiply the absorption by 2,000 times! Also, best when mixed with an oil.
Regards, Anita.

Curcumin-turmeric.net/
Mona idols.wordpress.com/

 
At December 15, 2011 at 9:37 AM , Blogger Good Girl Gone Green said...

I am trying this today.I had a head cold for a day and just getting over it.Maybe this will get it once and for all out of my system.

 
At December 15, 2011 at 1:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was so excited to find this recipe because I have been trying to find a way to incorporate turmeric into my diet. I tried it today and had a problem when I got to straining it. The sludge in the strainer was thick and gel like and wouldn't release the liquid through the mesh. I tried a strainer with bigger holes and still the mixture just sat there. Even when I tried to stir it around so some liquid would drain through. I would say I got about half the liquid in the end. Any suggestions?
Thanks,
Barb

 
At December 15, 2011 at 4:31 PM , Blogger Shyla said...

Sitting here feeling poorly right now. I've just printed this up and will have my daughter whip some up for me. Nothing has sounded good to me until this.

Thanks!
http://nourishingstrength.blogspot.com/

 
At December 16, 2011 at 11:08 AM , Anonymous Jill@ RealFoodForager.com said...

Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

Be sure to visit RealFoodForager.com on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!
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At December 17, 2011 at 9:00 AM , Anonymous April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

What a wonderful way to incorporate turmeric in your diet. I really enjoyed reading this post. Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul hop.

 
At December 28, 2011 at 3:40 PM , Blogger Dipty said...

Great post. Turmeric mixed with honey is great for sore throat. Just mix 1 tsp with enough honey to paste like consistency. Take it along with warm cup of water. Have it 2 to 3 times a day. Have it just at the onset and no more sore throat.

 

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