First things first – This turmeric tea NEEDS to have black peppercorns to get the proper absorption (and therefore full health benefits) of the curcumin in the turmeric. So, don’t skip out! Not to mention that the piperine in black pepper gives it a spicy kick and has plenty of health benefits on its own!
We got lucky and found a bag of fresh turmeric roots at my local grocery store. If you haven’t tried the fresh stuff yet, I can best describe it as (obviously) more potent, but also has a bit of heat. Combined with the spiciness of ginger and some honey, this tea will give your tummy the good feels, as well as the added benefits of;
- a powerful antioxidant
- anti-fungal & bacterial agents
We like to enjoy this turmeric tea both hot and cold, being that it’s great to warm you up on a cold winter day and can be added to kombucha or just served straight cold as a nice change from water at dinner. You can even use the tea as a base for making butternut squash soup, just leave out the honey!
And it’s so easy to whip up a batch and keep it in your fridge for a week at a time, you’ll wonder why it’s not a staple.
Ginger & Turmeric TeaPrint This
- 8 Cups Water
- 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger or 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 Tbsp fresh grated turmeric or 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
- 1/4 cup honey
- Grate the ginger and turmeric if using fresh ingredients. Make sure to wear gloves if using fresh turmeric unless you like the look of yellow fingers and nails for a week.
- In a large pot, add all the ingredients except the honey and whisk around. Bring to a boil, then turn down and simmer for 30-45 minutes.
- Remove from heat, and if using, stir in the honey. Once cool enough to handle, either serve it hot or let cool to be put into glass containers for your fridge. Glass is recommended as plastic will be stained by the turmeric.
That’s it. It’s that easy. Here’s to your health!
Tip: If ever needing to convert fresh ingredients to dried, a great rule of thumb is 1 to 3 – 1 teaspoon dried equals 3 teaspoons (1 tablespoon) fresh.