Turmeric and tea make the perfect pairing and both have a rich history of being used for their medicinal properties.
Tea was considered to be a medicinal drink back in the 6th century during the Shang dynasty in China - long before tea drinking became popular in the UK, which didn’t happen until the 17th century.
Turmeric originates from South and South East Asia and was first used as dye, before being adopted in folk medicine and continues to be used in classical Indian medicine today. It’s also increasingly used by the general population, looking to supplement their diets with turmeric in order to reap the benefits of this powerful root.
In this blog post, we run through some of the benefits of drinking tea to uncover just why turmeric tea is so good for you.
If you’re looking for a turmeric tea recipe, then you can check out our very own recipe in this blog post.
Easily absorbed and hydrating
If you’re looking to increase your intake of turmeric, then drinking it within a tea is a great way to do it.
Tea is naturally hydrating (allegedly even more hydrating than drinking water), and taking supplements in liquid form is the most effective way to absorb the benefits. In fact, traditional pills have an absorption rate of between only 3 to 20%, while liquid vitamins have an absorption rate of 98%! So adding a liquid turmeric supplement in a turmeric tea recipe is a great way to absorb the medicinal benefits of both turmeric and tea, in a hydrating, effective way.
Good for your skin
Turmeric’s active ingredient curcumin is reported to have anti inflammatory properties, which helps to calm and soothe inflamed or irritated skin.
This has led to a rising popularity in turmeric face masks, as well as creams, cleansers and exfoliants, as turmeric's ability to draw out impurities can improve both the complexion of the skin, as well as improving its natural glow.
As using a mask or cream involves the direct application of turmeric to the skin rather than via absorption through the bloodstream, these products are best used 2-3 times per week and not left on the skin overnight to avoid staining.
If you’re interested in using turmeric within skin creams or face masks, take a look at our turmeric face mask recipe to try one for yourself on an evening, along with your delicious cup of turmeric tea!
Can increase the antioxidant capacity of your body
Curcumin is a potent antioxidant and can boost the activity of the body’s existing antioxidant enzymes. This makes it one of the most effective and accessible ingredients available to increase your natural antioxidant levels.
If you’re adding turmeric to green or black tea leaves, then your tea will also contain natural antioxidants.
Antioxidants are important to maintain your health and wellbeing, as they are produced by your body to protect your cells against free radicals.
Good for digestion
Drinking hot, herbal tea can provide a range of benefits to the digestive system and gut health in general, including regulation, indigestion relief and more.
Peppermint and ginger teas can help, as well as turmeric teas of course thanks to its widely reported antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
If you’re looking for a turmeric tea that will help with digestion, then why not add ginger as a complimentary ingredient or for ease, add one of our turmeric and ginger shots.
Try our turmeric tea recipe
Here at the Turmeric Co., we’re passionate about the benefits of turmeric. Each of our turmeric shots contains 35g of raw turmeric root, and its liquid form helps aid the absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream. We regularly update our blog ‘The Root’ with delicious recipes, to help our readers make the most of what this powerful root has to offer.
Take a look at our five-star-rated turmeric tea recipe here.