To warm the soul and promote health and vitality, there are few beverages better than ginger-turmeric tea. Ginger and turmeric together reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and boost the immune system to get you through illness and keep you feeling your best.
This particular recipe also adds in cinnamon--which is great for you on its own, and adds flavor--and black pepper to the tea. Piperine, the active component of black pepper, has been shown to increase absorption of curcumin, the active component of turmeric.
Use fresh ginger, turmeric, black pepper, and cinnamon sticks for maximum potency--though depending on time and pantry restraints, you might prefer this quick-and-dirty variation:
- Combine hot water with ½ tsp ground turmeric, ½ tsp ground ginger, ¼ tsp ground cinnamon and a pinch of black pepper. Steep for 3-5 minutes, then strain into your mug. This variant will have less potent healing properties, but brings the goodness of ginger and turmeric into your body with less fuss.
Ginger-Turmeric Tea with Cinnamon and Black Pepper
2 c Water
1/2 in. Fresh Turmeric, sliced thin
1/2 in. Fresh Ginger, sliced thin
2 Black Peppercorns
1/2 Cinnamon Stick
Place ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and black pepper in a small saucepan with the water. Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Strain into your mug and enjoy!
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