Turmeric tea is my go to drink throughout the year, ESPECIALLY during Autumn, Winter and early Spring when everyone around you starts coming down with colds. I’ve been drinking it for about 2yrs now and hardly ever come down with anything. Given the amount of people I teach yoga classes to, not to mention going into schools and holding hands with snuffling children in yoga, I think this drink is a miracle in a glass (or mug). I tell everyone I can to drink it, one of the schools I teach in has even pinned the recipe to the staff notice board!
There are numerous benefits of Tumeric, or rather Curcumin, (the active compound), it is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, this improves the lining of the blood vessels. So it could help with heart disease and arthritis. The important thing is to take it with black pepper, otherwise the body doesn’t absorb the curcumin. I’ve tried various methods including grating fresh turmeric and ginger to make a tea, apart from staining your fingers bright nicotine yellow (never a good look for a yoga teacher), I found it was an acquired taste, that I took as a shot = urghh.
I now make make it as a paste, it’s dead easy, quick, can be kept in the fridge in a kilner jar AND doesn’t stain my fingers! I love adding it to oat milk (super creamy) to make a latte before going to bed. I also love adding extras; couple of drops of vanilla essence, agave syrup and cinnamon – just because (I add cinnamon to practically everything, given half the chance). So here’s my special turmeric tea recipe….ENJOY
1 Cup Water
1/2 cup Tumeric Powder
1 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
70ml Coconut Oil
Mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan and heat gently until a month paste forms (add more water if necessary), leave to cool and transfer into a glass jar. Use 1 tsp added to water, milk alternative or milk. Use honey or agave syrup to sweeten if needed, along with any extras such as cinnamon, ginger and vanilla essence.