Turmeric and ginger tea


I’ve been feeling a little under the weather lately. I decided to make myself some turmeric and ginger tea. Straight ginger tea is a regular part of my routine. The rhizome is always available to me at the farmer’s market or the store. I love it. The spicier, the better. The volatile oils found in ginger have been shown to have healing properties. Ginger is used to strengthen immunity, ease stomach and intestinal discomfort, combat chest colds, regulate blood circulation, and reduce inflammation. Turmeric is a rhizome of the ginger family. Both are native to South Asia and need warm humid conditions to grow. Fresh turmeric isn’t available to me as regularly as ginger so whenever I do see it grace market stands I pick some up. I can get the powdered form in bulk at my nearby co-ops, but I love the mild mustard flavor of fresh turmeric. Curcumin (a natural phenol which gives turmeric it’s bright orange-yellow color) and turmerones (the plant’s oils) are believed to be anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal, anticarcinogenic, and beneficial in liver detoxification.

Today I peeled and grated some ginger and turmeric, then strained and steeped both in water heated to just below boiling. The tea is delicious and soothing. I love the bright color. I’ll be enjoying several cups a day until I’m back to tip-top shape.

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3 Responses to Turmeric and ginger tea

  1. Bee January 21, 2013 at 2:22 am #

    Colleen! I stumbled upon your blog through a rambling Google search…and I am only sorry that I didn’t find it sooner! Your site is beautiful, well-spoken and an incredible resource for sustainable living. I see that we share a hero-in-common in Bea Johnson. I’m adding you to the resources section of my own blog, please keep up the wonderful work!

    • Colleen January 21, 2013 at 5:08 am #

      Hi Bee, thanks so much for reaching out! Your blog is wonderful too—I’m amazed at how much you’ve done with it in such a short time. I love your homemade deodorant recipe post. Are you enjoying using it? Many, many thanks for linking me in your resources section! Hearing from readers is so motivating. It’s been so great to connect with a community of people working toward similar goals through this project. Comrades!

      • Bee January 22, 2013 at 4:07 am #

        Thanks for your kind words! The homemade deodorant was a total revelation; before I was a mostly dissatisfied (and smelly) customer of natural brand deodorants, but the DIY recipe works really well – I work on my feet and it lasts me through the day. I think the tea tree oil is to thank!

        Comrades indeed! Your blog is fantastic. I’m going to start storing my greens in water glasses!

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