Over the past few years, I’ve grown partial to consulting Mother Nature at the first sign of a cold. So, when my body started feeling run down earlier this week, I knew it was time for a warm mug of my favorite herbal elixir: turmeric and spice tea.
This tea, which in fact includes no tea leaves at all, is a blend of spices and aromatics quickly steeped together into a soothing anti-inflammatory powerhouse. Turmeric is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, ginger combats nausea and helps clear congestion, and honey is a natural antibacterial. Combined with heady cardamom, cinnamon, a kick of cayenne and lemon juice, this sweet-spicy tea will relax an achy, exhausted body in need of natural TLC, in under 10 minutes.
To minimize clean-up, I brew the tea in a teapot with an in-built strainer of French press, then add honey and lemon juice to my cup, to taste. Alternatively, bring the spices and water to a boil in a small saucepan, let steep a few minutes, then strain into cups and serve. Remember that fresh and dried turmeric stain practically everything yellow, so wash your hands after brewing to avoid golden fingertips.
- 1 tsp turmeric powder (or an equal amount of grated fresh turmeric root)
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1.5-inch knob of fresh ginger, roughly chopped (washed with skin-on is fine)
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- 3 cups hot water
- Honey, to taste (I use raw organic honey)
- Squeeze of lemon juice, to taste
- Place the turmeric powder, cardamom, cinnamon, fresh ginger and cayenne in a french press, or a teapot with a strainer. Pour hot water over the spices and steep five minutes. Serve hot with honey and lemon juice, to taste.
- Alternatively, place spices and water into a pot, bring to a boil then turn off the heat, cover and let steep for five minutes. Strain the tea into cups and serve with honey and lemon juice, to taste.