Turmeric Tea – Liquid Gold

The winter winds are howling. Yesterday, according to USA Today, 49 of 50 states had snow on the ground! It’s time to snuggle inside with a warm drink that heals.

We have concocted a recipe for a yummy hot elixir that has become our daily ritual – Turmeric Tea. There is a variety of recipes all over the internet – but we like the magical ingredients ours includes – Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream in the brown can and Penzeys Turmeric Root powder.

A member of the ginger family, turmeric (pronounced tur-mer-ik) has long been used as a culinary spice in Asian cooking. Recent research announced this magical root as a healing superstar. While turmeric has been used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine for eons, western science has recently jumped on the bandwagon and deemed it effective for treating osteoarthritis – and early research indicates its potential for treating issues surrounding dementia, eye inflammation, colorectal cancer, bypass surgery, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, stomach upset, gum disease, stomach ulcers, skin rash, itchy skin, kidney inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, skin wounds due to cancer, surgery recovery, tuberculosis, ulcerative colitis, heartburn (dyspepsia), joint pain, stomach pain, hemorrhage, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallbladder disorders, high cholesterol, a skin condition called lichen planus, skin inflammation from radiation treatment, and fatigue.

According to Web MD, turmeric has also been used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, recovery after surgery, and cancers. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, swelling in the middle layer of the eye (anterior uveitis), diabetes, water retention, worms, an autoimmune disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), tuberculosis, urinary bladder inflammation, and kidney problems.

coconutcream-tjsThis seemingly endless list of far-ranging health benefits has us incorporating turmeric into our daily diet. However, when ingesting turmeric for its specific health benefits, it is vital to remember that turmeric is fat soluble.  In order to experience the benefits it has to offer, you must absorb it versus just consuming it.  Fat-soluble, means it dissolves in fat. Without fat, the active component in turmeric, curcumin, has a difficult time making it past the stomach, into the small intestine, and into the blood where it can offer the greatest benefits. So it is vital to combine turmeric with with a bit of fat. Hence our recipe with coconut cream. You may substitute coconut milk, however, once you try the brown can of coconut cream at Trader Joe’s, we are pretty certain you’ll understand the wizardry of this stuff.

We recently came up with this warm concoction that many friends have enjoyed and thought it time to share with our online family. It is warm and creamy along with sweet and spicy. It will soothe all that ails. To make our form of liquid gold, you’ll just need a few ingredients and enough time to heat water.

This recipe is gluten free, vegetarian (vegan if you substitute Agave nectar for the honey or leave out sweetener all together), and dairy free:

Turmeric Tea – Liquid Gold Recipe

Total Time: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Boil water.
  2. Scoop the coconut cream, dash the turmeric powder, and squeeze some honey into a tea cup
  3. Add in boiling water and stir.
  4. Drink up your magical elixir!

Let us know how you like it! Email debby@yogogirls.com with your outcomes or any additional ingredients you add to make this potent healing potion.

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