Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Turmeric, Ginger and Lemon Tonic Tea



Turmeric is traditionally called the "Indian Saffron" or “poor man’s saffron” due to its color. I mentioned before that turmeric is a great defense against Alzheimer’s disease. This anti-inflammatory, free-radical-fighting antioxidant-rich curry spice contains an anti-cancer compound called curmumin which produces almost no toxicity compared to over-the-counter drugs.

Turmeric is also a liver tonic. The liver is the second largest organ in the body and has many important functions. Sadly, our liver has been abused from all types of food, medications and external toxins. If you’ve been experiencing digestive problems, constipation, low energy output, arthritis, allergies, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, infertility, insomnia or acne outbreaks, one of things you can do is to take care of your liver. And drinking a liver tonic such as this tea will help your liver get back to normal.



This tea will awaken your digestive fire. Digestive fire refers to the overall health and activity of your digestive system. If your digestive fire is stagnant or diminished, you’ll experience digestive problems such as constipation which leads to increased accumulations of toxins. When there’s accumulation of toxins, it will lead to different kinds of disease. Avoiding cold drinks, sweets, alcohol, caffeine and other liver exhausting substances such as eating too many proteins and carbohydrates, overeating and even lack of exercise will bring your digestive fire back.

Other benefits of turmeric tea:
  • Body and liver detoxifier
  • Boost immunity by improving liver function
  • Cleanses and purifies the blood
  • Eases symptoms of coughs and colds
  • Improves circulation in the body
  • Improves skin complexion
  • Prevents internal bleed clotting
  • Protects liver tissue
  • Reduces bad cholesterol
  • Reduces inflammation – such as all types of arthritis and other inflammation
  • Stimulates secretion of bile which helps break down fat
These are just some of the healing properties of turmeric but it all goes back to the healing roots of turmeric – as a liver tonic. When you cleanse your liver, you might notice that your digestive system is working better, your bowel movement is regular, you lose excess weight, you have clearer skin and bright eyes, you're sleeping better and many others.

The addition of ginger doubles the anti-inflammatory effect. Always have ginger at home because it works wonders for our body and helps fight off bacteria when you’re suffering from stomach flu or diarrhea. It is also a very effective digestive aid and it’s great for arthritis. Here's a great ginger post Spicy Sweet Find: Fresh Ginger by Marillyn Beard (@Just Making Noise).



Lemon is a another great detoxifier. Upon waking up in the morning, it’s good to drink a glass of warm water with a few drops of lemon juice. If you drink a lot of lemon juice, it would be wise to rinse your mouth with water because the acidity of the lemon can corrode the teeth.

Now, to prepare fresh turmeric root, it is best to wear disposable gloves and be prepared to have all your utensils stained with yellow. So, preparing a solution of baking soda, white vinegar and water to wash everything that has been stained with turmeric is a great idea. If turmeric could stain everything, it could also stain your teeth. So, brush your teeth after drinking this tea. (Your toothbrush will be stained too). Since fresh turmeric root is hard to find for some, just use the ground turmeric. They will still work wonders and you still need to be careful when using them. :)

Here’s a short video below on how to prepare turmeric from Rouxbe Online Cooking School.

Rouxbe Online Cooking School & Video Recipes

Preacautions:
Although turmeric and ginger is good for you, avoid taking large doses most especially if you have gallstones, bleeding disorders, overly acidic stomach or are pregnant or nursing. Also avoid large doses if you are taking any medication that contains blood thinner. The following recipe yield 4 cups and can be drank in one day without any side effects.



Turmeric, Ginger and Lemon Tonic Tea

¼ cup grated fresh turmeric root (or 1 tbsp ground turmeric)
2 tbsp grated fresh ginger root
4 cups water
1 lemon
¼ cup agave nectar or honey

To prepare the tea, peel and grate the turmeric and the ginger root. Place in a soup pot and add water. Bring to mixture to a boil and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

Strain the mixture into a clean glass container. Allow the mixture to cool for about 5 minutes.

Then, juice the lemon and pour into the turmeric tea along with the agave nectar or honey.

This infusion can also be drunk at room temperature.


Enjoy the liver tonic.

59 comments:

  1. Great post. Just all the spices that I love in my cooking. Liver and colon are vital organs in our body that need our top attention for optimum health. Abuse of liver and colon through bad food, lack of exercise and stress leads to toxicity & congestion which results in premature ageing and a lower immune system. This consequently leads to various diseases and sicknesses. Health care is expensive and often not available immediately. I do hope more people will pay attention to their health before it is too late. Well done, Divina.

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  2. Wow, it's a wonderful drink and good to our health. Glad to know that it's great defense against Alzheimer’s disease. I used to drink ginger and lemon stirred with a bit of honey. But I've ever put in turmeric. Must try!

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  3. Tumeric is a regular in Indian Cooking. I've been wanting to grow the root in my garden, but never got the right one for that. We also use the tumeric leaves to steam some dishes and the aroma it gives...!! Do you use the leaves also? Informative post. Nothing like begining the day with herbal tea.

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  4. Thank you for this recipe and providing such a comprehensive and informative post. It's always good to receive reminders of the healthy ingredients we have and should use in our kitchen.

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  5. A healthy heartwarming tea for the winter!
    I love ginger flavoured food...do you happen to know how to make ginger candies?

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  6. @ Mary - Thanks for the additional information. You always do and I appreciate that.

    @ Christine - I didn't like it at first but it makes a difference with the lemon and sweetener added.

    @ Shirley - India has the lowest rate of Alzheimer's disease because of turmeric. Unfortunately I don't have access to the leaves. That gives me a good idea to to find the leaves and us it in cooking.

    @ Fresh Local and Best - You're welcome. They are truly wonder food.s

    @ Angie - Thanks. This tea is warming to the chest. I don't know how to make ginger candies. But good question, which means I want to make some ginger candies too. :)

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  7. What an informative post! The health benefits of this tonic are too numerous to ignore and it also looks like a comforting drink for a cold day.

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  8. another fabulous post! i love learning more about all the health benefits natural herbs and foods can provide for us. and i love hot tea, so it is a great way to sneak in some healthy items.

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  9. I need this one Divina! gotta go fine me some fresh tumeric...if not, powdered. your info was an eye-opener and I checked a few off your list so I will definitely benefit from this, and so is my hubby!

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  10. This tea sounds so healthful and delicious! I've been seeing turmeric in my store, will pick it up next time!

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  11. I LOVE making ginger lemon honey tea when I have a sore throat! But I've never made it with Tumeric before, so that sounds like something new I can try. The list of health reasons you have is also quite compelling - you got me at the "improves skin complexion" part :)

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  12. Well, I have terrible health insurance, but luckily I've got you to keep me healthy!!! Love the post. Hmmm, perfect tea for the holidays when people might drink a little too much. Not that I would ... ; )

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  13. sounds like a great tea, super healthful. I usually drink a cup of green tea with some lemon juice every morning. I love tea also because it is a great immune system booster

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  14. dear divine,your post is very interesting for me,i never seen turmeric...i will try in the store with organic products.to my job(anaesthesia nurse) i'm exposed to toxic gas,and my liver feel that.thank you !

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  15. Many thanks for sharing this post, Divine.

    Love your thoughtful details and advice. I would probably be better off should i had access to information like this at the time i suffered from hepatitis.

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  16. I love the look of this! So much sickness around here right now that I feel everyone could use a cup or 50!!! As always, beautiful pictures!

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  17. Thanks for this post. I love all these flavors, and would drink this even if it didn't have all those health benefits!

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  18. I love ginger tea for its healing properties for the digestive system, but I was not aware of turmeric! (I normally just cook with it!) I would like to find some fresh turmeric to make a tea with.

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  19. Perfect!...Given I love ginger tea...and I am down with the flu...this is divine :)

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  20. I think I need this tea. Health have not been very good lately. I want my new kitchen soon!

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  21. Looks delicious and exactly what we all need! I just recently bought a 1/2 kilo of dried turmeric and been thinking about what to do with it all! Can I use dried turmeric? Its in whole form, not ground. They are small things. Thank you for a great information and the reference :o)

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  22. what an educational post Divina! I ll give it a go..I probly need it too :))

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  23. It's great to learn about the benefit of all these ingredients. Also thanks for the precautions too. :)

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  24. This sounds great! I will definitely give this a try as I have both turmeric and ginger readily available. Great post, as always!

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  25. @ Cookin' Canuck - Thanks Dara. It's a great drink for a cold day. If you increase the amount of ginger, this drink is warming to the chest.

    @ Brie - Thanks. The kitchen is a place of wonderful healing ingredients. :)

    @ Mom-Friday - ground turmeric works well too. As a prevention, you can drink turmeric tea with 1 tsp of ground turmeric everyday.

    @ 5-Star foodie - I've seen more turmeric root in the grocery store but they're way too small and difficult to peel so I might have to divert to ground turmeric for a while. :)

    @ experimentalculinarypursuits - haha. yes, the improves skin complexion is for all women out there.

    @ Tastry Trix - you can have a drink and have this tea during the holidays. :)

    @ Jessie - green tea with lemon is always favorite. I might drink that next time.

    @ alison- You can drink a cup of turmeric tea made with 1 tsp of ground turmeric a day as a prevention.

    @ TasteHongKong - thank you. I guess this post would be helpful for me too in the future.

    @ Mardi - 50? 50 small cups. I feel I would turn yellow. :)Natural remedies are good.

    @ Kate - they taste great with lemon and honey.

    @ Tasty Eats at Home - if you can't find fresh, you can always use dried. But I like the taste of fresh turmeric root except I just don't like the preparations and the mess. :)

    @ Jhonny Walker - hope you get well soon.

    @ Penny - Hope I could make this tea for you. You don't want your brand new kitchen stained with turmeric color. :)

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  26. Marillyn - Wow, you've got yourself a bounty of little gems. I'm sure you can use that in your tea. I guess you have to pound it first to extract all the healing benefits. I also think that it's not as messy as preparing with fresh turmeric root. You can probably grate it too. I saw a pack of turmeric again but didn't buy it because they're way too small and difficult to peel and grate. But I love their taste in tea because it's more refreshing than the powdered ones.

    @ Zurin - Thank you. We all need it. If you have ground turmeric at home, you can use that now. :)

    @ CheapAppetite - You're welcome. I don't want to be in trouble, right? :) People might consume it by pounds or kilos. Yikes.

    @ tokyoterrace - I tried them with calamansi juice and it was good. Thanks Rachel.

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  27. Beautiful photos Divina! And my MIL uess turmeric instead of saffron and for the health benefits too :)

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  28. Bravo Divina! Such a wonderful & informative post. This is the cheapest healthy ingredients ever. And it's all naturally fresh! Thanks again. Btw, just to inform you that lately I'm facing hair lost problem. And I've been trying to use fresh garlic for scrubbing. At the time being, it doing well. I can see the result immediately. But still waiting for the hair to grow back. Trying to avoid direct contact with chemical medication as possible.

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  29. Your posts are such a great source of information and inspiration! My cholesterol level is quite high and have been taking medicine for it. Lately I have wanted to switch to something more natural - maybe this tea is the answer! Thanks!!

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  30. With that tea, nothing can happen to you! Healthy and delicious... I prefer natural remedies to chemicals.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  31. Gorgeous color, beautiful recipe, and again, thank you for being so informative on every post, giving us the health benefits as well as do's and don'ts. This blog is a great guideline for being super aware of everything that goes into our bodies!

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  32. Thank you Divina! Looking forward to making the tea... oh yummmm!

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  33. I haven't been feeling well for days and had run out of things to try but now this! I'm goingto make some right now.

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  34. Hi Divina,

    I'm not really into Turmerics :( but I want the health benefits :) hohohoho
    instead of grating it, I sometimes just slice them and boil them and drink the water.
    Do you think I can still benefit from Turmeric that way ?

    Thanks :)
    Ann

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  35. This is a terrific post. Very informative and great photos. I will be sure to share this with my patients!

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  36. Hi Divina
    this is very interesting to know many thanks for the sharing !!
    and if you want to see what an apple swing is : come and visit me !!!
    cheers !Pierre from Paris france

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  37. This a great post, thanks for sharing. I love adding grated ginger to tea and using it in hot compresses, especially when I have a cold.

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  38. A fanatstic home made recipe!! So healthy too!

    MMMMMMMMMMMM,...

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  39. Gosh I did not know you shouldn't take large amounts of tumeric if on blood thinners (which I am). Thanks Divina.

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  40. @ HeatlhyRainbow.Net - You can still benefit from turmeric even when you slice them. You just have to simmer them longer. Grating them is kind of messy. I think I prefer my peeler to get soiled than my knife. :)

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  41. Lovely pics. I knew turmeric was good for health, but I didn't know it's THAT good :) I also had no idea I should avoid large amounts of turmeric while pregnant and nursing. I'm pregnant, so thanks for the tip :)I'm a turmeric lover. I add a little bit of it in almost everything.

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  42. mmm, sounds like a great tea. i've never tried tumeric in tea, but it's definitely worth a shot!

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  43. Thanks for sharing. Valuable information. Always good to know more about the food we consume.

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  44. great informational post, and beautiful too. I will need to try this recipe out. Thanks!

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  45. Colon cleansing can benefit our body giving constipation relieve, increase energy and can help reduce weight. Body toxins should be eliminated from the system ensuring healthy vital organs and lymphatic system.

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  46. i have curcuma domestica (tumeric) and curcuma zedoary (white tumeric)plants in my ginger exclusive plant collection. can i use the zedoary instead of the domestica so that the stains may be prevented

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  47. Hi Nick, sorry for the late reply.. I'm not sure of the answer. I'm not aware that there are two types of turmeric until I read your comment.. Again, my apologies..

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  48. thank you for sharing with us this recipe. it really works. i've got bad cough and drinking this tonic helped a lot.

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  49. One thing I'll try is adding the zest from that lemon to the turmeric & ginger prior to boiling. The zest has lots of goodness to it, both lemon flavor and anti-oxidants. I'll continue to add the lemon juice as called for, as it seems to cut the bite of the turmeric a bit. Has anybody considered adding tamarind to this instead of the lemon?

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  50. Hi Rob, thanks for the tip. I haven't tried tamarind though.. Let me know how it turns out.. Thanks for dropping by. :)

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  51. Great post I used this recipe and love it so much! I created a similar informative post on my blog about Turmeric, Ginger, Lemon, and Honey -and its amazing benefits! Thank you so much. If you want to check it out you can go here: http://formingfunc.com/blog/2013/2/6/turmericgingerlemon

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  52. Does anyone have any suggestions on how often this should be drank?

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  53. @Bobbi Hankins - 3 to 4 times a week would do..

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  54. Would that be every week for a long time or is it some thing you would do every few months or so for 3-4 weeks ! Cheers

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  55. You can do it every few months or so for 3-4 weeks.. Or once every week.

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  56. Thank you for great posting.. Ginger has lots of benefits. Here's an article in Arabic about health benefits of ginger

    فوائد الزنجبيل للجسم

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  57. The whole recipe 3 or 4 times a week?

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  58. Tried this and actually like the taste. Now I would like to know,whether the whole recipe is for one day or is that for 3 days and have it for a few months?

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  59. @anonymous - the recipe is good a few times a week

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