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Anti Inflammatory Tea is a healing tea recipe with turmeric, ginger, apple cider vinegar and raw honey. It tastes pretty amazing. | ifoodreal.com

Sometime last month I got bored with all my beverages; that is before I started making kombucha from scratch and brewing lime iced tea. I pulled out a French press and started adding everything I had on hand to make caffeine free tea. Last thing I added was turmeric and apparently I came up with delicious organic anti inflammatory tea. Which, by the way, didn’t cost an arm and a leg. This healing tea is made from the ingredients in your pantry and fridge, and is so good for you!

Anti Inflammatory Tea is a healing tea recipe with turmeric, ginger, apple cider vinegar and raw honey. It tastes pretty amazing. | ifoodreal.com

I do not have an office (well, kitchen is my office) but rather you will find me editing pictures, writing posts and replying to comments on a couch. Next to me I always like to have a drink while my brain is in its happy place. Man, I love blogging so much! Anyways, it is either a bottle of water, a cup of hot lemon water (=> how to make lemon water) or tea, organic coffee in the morning or healthy iced coffee in summer.

Anti Inflammatory Tea is a healing tea recipe with turmeric, ginger, apple cider vinegar and raw honey. It tastes pretty amazing. | ifoodreal.com

My problems with all organic caffeine free teas are:

  1. They are expensive.
  2. I got bored with selection and those that are exciting have problem #1.
  3. I am not a huge fan of tea bag taste.

My BIG not a problem with organic tea bags:

  1. They are so darn convenient!!! So, I buy them and make this French press tea a few times a week.
Anti Inflammatory Tea is a healing tea recipe with turmeric, ginger, apple cider vinegar and raw honey. It tastes pretty amazing. | ifoodreal.com

I grew up drinking tea. In Ukraine we did not have a proper tea time like British do but everyone drank tea daily. We had only one kind – black Indian tea, and by the way in Russian tea is called “chai”. Interesting, right?! So, that tea was so fresh and fragrant. The only close thing here I can find is earl grey tea with bergamot that distantly reminds me a taste of childhood’s tea.

In case you are wondering, coffee wasn’t a popular item. Again because of communism (just like with prosciutto) we had no import of coffee. Again, my bourgeois uncle, had access to coffee and I LOVED the smell of freshly ground beans.

Back to our anti inflammatory tea. Let’s see what makes this tea so special…

Anti Inflammatory Tea is a healing tea recipe with turmeric, ginger, apple cider vinegar and raw honey. It tastes pretty amazing. | ifoodreal.com

Turmeric: Is a bright yellow root from India. You can buy it fresh at a health food store or in a powder form (preferably organic). Turmeric contains chemical compound curcumin (now I understand why my Israeli husband and MIL call turmeric “curcuma”) that acts as anti-inflammatory, pain killer and cholesterol regulator. Turmeric also has been shown to kill cancer cells, help manage depression and prevent arthritis. (Source)

Many cooks add turmeric to dishes only for the colour reasons. And I get it. How pretty is this anti inflammatory tea?!

Anti Inflammatory Tea is a healing tea recipe with turmeric, ginger, apple cider vinegar and raw honey. It tastes pretty amazing. | ifoodreal.com

Ginger: Guess what? Fresh ginger root is not only good for making curries and stir fries but also for flavoring kombucha. Added to tea it will help you reduce nausea. Ditch the often recommended ginger ale with loads of sugar, chemicals and GMOs immediately. Ginger, like turmeric (they both come from the same family along with cardamom), has high anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant and immune boosting properties. I always buy local organic ginger root because majority of conventional one is grown in China (and we all know by now that is not good, right?!).

Anti Inflammatory Tea is a healing tea recipe with turmeric, ginger, apple cider vinegar and raw honey. It tastes pretty amazing. | ifoodreal.com

Raw Honey: I added a few tablespoons of raw honey to make tea taste good. Trust me, you won’t wanna drink this anti inflammatory tea (no matter how anti inflammatory it is) without a touch of honey. I buy local raw honey instead of store-bought pasteurized one because its nutrients and vitamins haven’t been killed during heating pasteurization process. It becomes thicker with time and forms a sugary crust on top, just like real honey should.

Apple Cider Vinegar: I LOVE ACV (apple cider vinegar). I usually buy organic, raw ACV by Bragg’s. It is liquid gold that is dirt cheap. My personal biggest use for it, besides in salads, is a sore throat cure. I dilute a bit in warm water along with a touch of raw honey (no measurements, just mix everything to taste) and sip on it until I feel better. I swear by it.

Orange: Well, I just thought it would go really well in turmeric anti inflammatory tea and add nice flavour and more sweetness. And vitamin C.

Anti Inflammatory Tea is a healing tea recipe with turmeric, ginger, apple cider vinegar and raw honey. It tastes pretty amazing. | ifoodreal.com

A few months back, one sweet gentleman suggested I get myself a French press for coffee and I will never go back to a plastic drip coffee maker. He was so right!!! Thank you, Greg from Oregon, if you are reading. The taste of coffee and tea raw is so much better.

Now, that I have written out all health benefits of this anti-inflammatory tea above, I thought to myself “Wow, what a super drink!”. Well, I actually thought “Holy shit”, to be honest (ever since kids I can only think so many certain words in my head). My other thought was that I will see specific questions like “Should I drink it daily? 3 times a day? Does this tea help to lose weight? Will I be cancer free?”.

Man, I’m not a doctor or a fortune teller. Another thought in my head popped up right away “Here is a proof that being healthy and eating clean is a lifestyle, not a one recipe fix!”. Like this turmeric tea won’t cure you, of course not. But it is a combination of what you put in your body on a regular basis. You won’t see me sipping on ginger or turmeric tea on a Saturday night but I would definitely enjoy it a few times during the week.

Let me know how you like this anti inflammatory tea.:)

Anti Inflammatory Tea is a healing tea recipe with turmeric, ginger, apple cider vinegar and raw honey. It tastes pretty amazing. | ifoodreal.com

Anti-Inflammatory Tea

Anti-Inflammatory Tea

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Add ginger, turmeric, honey, apple cider vinegar and orange to a French press or tea pot. Pour boiling water over, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Enjoy hot.
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16 Comments

  1. Samantha

    Do you have any suggestions on how to make this ahead of time and how to store it? Looks delicious and I could definitely use a good ginger/turmeric boost!

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    • Olena

      I would place all ingredients in a glass jar with a lid, like even Mason jar, and refrigerate. Like for 3 days ahead. And then just pour hot water straight into a jar.

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  2. Kit

    I made this! I have painful osteoarthritis in my hands, knees and hip and so decided why not? It’s so pretty and sounded tasty. Well it really is! I love hot drinks in the winter and will try a cup every day. I did add a teaspoon of coconut oil, just because. It was nice way to wake up this morning. Thank-you.

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    • Olena

      I love hot liquids in winter as well. Even hot water with lemon. I think you will see some relief if you drink this tea often.

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  3. Conni

    Too much turmeric over an extended time can be taxing on your liver. Careful, not too much.

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  4. Tricia

    Just made this as I’ve been having back issues, and pinched nerve as of last night (can you say PAIN!) I am drinking and praying for relief. I am taking tumeric capsules daily, and I know it has to be helping. I read prior about making ahead.. Im sure you can if you want to.drink it just to drink it, but if you are drinking it to help with inflammatory relief, FRESH is always best!!!

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    • Olena

      I agree, Tricia. I hope you feel better!!! Did it help? I learnt pinched nerves take time. I hate when that happens. We slept on a futon on vacation last week and boy I still feel it. Ugh.

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  5. Jane

    the boiled hot water will definitely damage the nutrients in honey, if you want to add honey in your tea, suggest you make the tea first then add the honey when the tea temperature drop to 60c or below.

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    • Olena

      Thank you so much. I suspected that. I will try that tomorrow with a meat thermometer. Just to see what 60C feels like. Also, in Ukraine we used to sip on tea while scooping small teaspoons of honey from a little saucer. That is probably the best way to enjoy tea with honey in terms of preserving nutrients. Only downside is it is easy to eat a lot of honey that way.:)

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  6. Doris

    Would there be an downside to drinking this tea cold? Maybe making it at night and storing it in the refrigerator for morning?

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  7. Donna Pawlak

    Live the addition of the orange in this will try it. However, I was recently speaking to a honey expert who informed me that honey incl raw should never be mixed with boiling water as it becomes toxic. I would also question about adding the ACV in first as boiling water also kills the beneficial enzymes etc in the ACV. I would suggest waiting for it to cool a little before adding these two things.

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    • Olena

      When mixed with hot water honey doesn’t become toxic but rather loses some of its nutrients and vitamins. There is also a great throat and cold drink where you mix hot water with ACV that works. I agree with you that some good properties are lost in hot water but I don’t think it is that critical. Sometimes you just wanna have a pleasant tea without taking 20 minutes to make it. I am sure some good things will still be there. If you have time you can definitely wait.

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