“Drinking Tumeric Tea”, my Paleo Doctor told me the other day, “Won’t give you the necessary quantities of Tumeric for it to have an anti-inflammatory effect. For that, you need to take Tumeric as a supplement, and you need to make sure that the curcurminoid in those supplements is as high as 95%.” But keep drinking it, anyway, he said. So I will.
I have to say, I’m a little disappointed by the news. I really want Food To Be Thy Medicine, and I mean real food, the stuff that germinates and grows and lives and breathes. Not stuff that has been stripped, condensed, clarified and distilled into capsules and tablets and oils. But it seems that the food itself is not enough for us any more, which may be due to any number of factors, such as the impoverished, over-farmed soil, our damaged intestines, or our overworked and confused immune systems. So I swallow down my iron, Vit B’s and Vit D at lunch-time. And make our meals as nutrient dense as I can.
In the morning, now that my English Breakfast tea, followed an hour or so later by an espresso, is off the menu, I find a steaming mug of Tumeric Tea hits the spot and starts me off warm on the inside. That first cup is kept simple: the juice of half a lemon, a slice of fresh ginger, and a teaspoon-tip of tumeric. No fuss.
Later in the day, I want something a little more funky. This blend of tangy orange and lemon zest, homely cinnamon, comforting cloves and tongue-tingling ginger is wonderful. Those stamens, slivers, splinters and slices pack a punch and go a long way. If you stuff all the bits into a tea strainer, like the one in the photo, then you can basically just keep refilling your mug with boiling water throughout the afternoon, maybe adding a little more tumeric and a squeeze of lemon when the flavour starts to weaken.
But the best thing to do, without a doubt, is to just drop all the ingredients into a thermos, fill it up, and let it brew for a long time. That way, it stays hot, and the flavours take hold.
Some habits are worth establishing, and we’re okay with this one.
What do you drink when you’re not drinking caffeine?
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Best Wishes, Good Health
- ⅛ teaspoon tumeric
- 1 strip of orange zest, removed from the fruit with a vegetable peeler
- 1 strip of lemon zest, removed as for the orange
- 5 cloves
- 1 splinter of cinnamon stick (about 1 cm)
- 1 slice of ginger
- Place the tumeric into a large mug, teapot or thermos.
- Add all the other ingredients into a tea strainer, or place them directly into a teapot or thermos.
- Add boiling water and allow to steep for at least 5 minutes.
- If you're using a thermos, it will be and strong after a couple of hours.
This recipe has been shared on the AIP Recipe Roundtable.