A steaming hot cup of turmeric tea is both invigorating and comforting. A beautiful blend of sweet and spicy, this type of tea is both delicious and good for you.
Perfect for people looking for easy and convenient ways to incorporate healthy, nutrient rich foods into their everyday diets, you can swap your usual hot beverage for a cup of turmeric tea. Our version also incorporates ginger for added flavour and vitamins, plus a generous sprinkling of black pepper to help the body absorb all of that goodness from our favourite spice.
Originating from the Japanese island of Okinawa, turmeric tea has soared in popularity over recent years, with many people creating new variations and adding their own secret ingredients.
Turmeric is a popular spice, often associated with curries and Indian cuisine. Made from the rhizome (or root) of the Curcuma longa plant, the spice itself is native to Southeast Asia, and has been used in herbal remedies for centuries. It’s particularly popular among Indian Ayurveda medicines, because of its wide range of health benefits.
Super easy to prepare and quick to make, a cup of turmeric tea is the perfect way to get more superfoods into your diet. Sipping a hot cup of tea is really relaxing, especially in the colder months, and you could even prepare an iced version during the summer.
Is turmeric tea good for you?
The short answer is yes, turmeric tea is good for you.
The health benefits of turmeric, or more specifically curcumin (its main active ingredient), are extensive. From pain relief to the treatment of diabetes, people have reported incredible effects from consuming turmeric for centuries, whether it be through teas, snacks or supplements. Take a look at turmerics top benefits:
Muscle pain & arthritis relief
A popular use for turmeric tea is to relieve muscle pain and arthritis. The anti-inflammatory properties of cucumin are known to provide relief to aching muscles and joints. More and more people have started using turmeric to reduce the symptoms of arthritis over the past few years.
Boosts the immune system
Turmeric has often been linked to improved immune function.This is due to the antioxidant, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties it contains. The use of turmeric in Ayurvedic medicine was (and is) largely in part to its immune boosting properties.
Among the many health benefits of turmeric tea is liver protection. It’s thought that curcumin helps to protect against liver damage. This is because it encourages production of the digestive fluid bile, whilst also protecting from damage caused by bile-associated chemicals.
Improved brain function
Turmeric has been linked to the delaying and even reversing of numerous brain diseases. It’s also thought that regular consumption of turmeric can improve age-related reductions in brain function, such as memory loss. This is due to its BDNF levels - a protein that promotes the survival of nerve cells found in the brain.
Turmeric tea is also said to aid weight loss, as it helps increase the bile production in the stomach, which emulsifies fat. Incorporating a cup of turmeric tea into your daily routine can be a great way to give your metabolism a boost and keep your weight under control.
Blood sugar control
Scientific studies have shown that there may be a link between turmeric and diabetes prevention. Whilst more research into the subject is required, so far there is evidence to suggest that curcumin and turmeric can help to stabilise blood sugar levels, potentially making diabetes more manageable.
What is curcumin?
When talking about turmeric and its many health benefits, you’ll more than likely hear the word curcumin more than a few times.
But what exactly is it?
Curumin is the chemical produced by curcuma longa plants, and is naturally found inside the popular spice, turmeric. It’s actually curcumin that gives turmeric its signature bright yellow colour. It’s also where turmeric gets many of its incredible health benefits from, having been used in food, cosmetics and health supplements for years.
How to make turmeric tea
The below recipe makes 15 servings of turmeric and ginger tea paste, which can be stored in a jar for whenever you’d like a cup.
Prep time: 2 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
80ml raw honey
2 ½ teaspoons ground or finely grated turmeric
2 teaspoons fresh, finely chopped ginger
Ground black pepper
Mix together the raw honey, turmeric and chopped ginger to form a paste, working the turmeric and ginger into the honey
For each cup of turmeric tea, place a heaped teaspoon of the paste into the bottom of a mug
Pour hot (but not boiling) water into the mug, stirring well to dissolve the paste
Add a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice and some black pepper
Drink and enjoy!
Tip: when enjoying your turmeric and ginger tea, stir every so often to prevent all of the good stuff from sinking to the bottom. Alternatively, top up with hot water.