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!
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.
My problems with all organic caffeine free teas are:
- They are expensive.
- I got bored with selection and those that are exciting have problem #1.
- I am not a huge fan of tea bag taste.
My BIG not a problem with organic tea bags:
- They are so darn convenient!!! So, I buy them and make this French press tea a few times a week.
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…
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?!
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?!).
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.
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.:)
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled & chopped
- 1/2 tsp turmeric, ground
- 2-3 tbsp raw honey
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 3 orange slices
- 3 cups boiling water
- 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.