The healing properties of Turmeric have been well known for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine and the most modern day science has backed up what healers have known since 3000bc. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant food and in recent studies it has been shown to be as effective as some anti-inflammatory drugs. Other impressive studies have shown that taking Curcumin, the main compound in Turmeric, is as effective as Prozac for fighting depression (without any side effects).
Turmeric is gaining in popularity in western cultures because it is an effective and proven anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic agent and can assist in the treatment of anything from arthritis to psoriasis. At home, we have been supplementing by taking a highly absorbable Curcumin capsules to quench the fire of inflammation for our leaky gut and autoimmune conditions. We have also used dried turmeric to create a paste with water and applied as a face mask for treating rosacea flare ups. I love the early flavour of fresh Turmeric root and I keep some frozen to grate into curries, fresh juices and my favorite healing drink when I am sick, turmeric tea.
I could go on all day regarding the benefits of Turmeric for disease prevention, healthy liver function, easing digestive issues, but it’s pretty obvious that it is a potent medicinal food we should all be eating more of which it is why it is one of the pillars of healing foods.
Turmeric is naturally a warming spice and combined with ginger the two combine to create a healing tonic improving circulation and breaking down congestion. Adding cayenne stimulates and helps drain the sinuses acting as a natural decongestant. Lemon juice is an overall powerhouse of healing and thins mucus and boosts the body’s immune system as well as delivering a big dose of vitamin c. Black pepper and coconut oil help your body to absorb and uptake turmeric a health giving properties. Orange juice not only gives vitamin C but also some sweetness and citrusy fresh flavour that I love. And Manuka honey is well known as a modern day super food for its UMF or Unique Mauka Factor which has been scientifically proven to be a powerful antibiotic, anti-fungal, and antiviral making manuka honey an effective remedy for sore throats, colds, sinusitis, and gastro intestinal problems.
- boil 1 litre filtered water
- In a large teapot add
- 2 inch piece of fresh ginger peeled and grated
- Small piece of fresh turmeric peeled and grated (wash your hands after!) or 1t dried turmeric
- Juice of 2 lemons
- Juice of 1 orange
- 2 whole garlic cloves smashed (optional)
- 5 whole black peppercorns
- 1 T of coconut oil
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon Manuka honey with UMF or any honey will do (optional)
- Add all ingredients into a large teapot and cover with boiling water. Allow to steep for 5 minutes or longer and strain into cups and enjoy.