For centuries people have been using turmeric as a medicinal herb and a cooking spice. Today herbalists recommend turmeric and turmeric tea blends to aid in the relief of inflammatory conditions, aches, pains and gastrointestinal problems.
Studies have shown that turmeric is more effective at relieving pain than aspirin and other comparable medications. One of the active components in turmeric is called curcumin. Curcumin reduces inflammation and stiffness related to arthritis and joint pain. Hence, research shows that turmeric is great for relief of chronic joint pain and arthritis as well as relieving symptoms of osteoarthritis and ulcerative colitis, which are two other inflammatory ailments.
Indian Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine use turmeric regularly to treat arthritis!
Furthermore, turmeric has a strong impact on the digestive tract as well.
Brew Fresh, Homemade Turmeric Tea
What you will need:
- Per 1 cup of water, use 2 teaspoons of fresh grated turmeric root
- If you use ground turmeric, use 2/3 teaspoons per 1 cup of water
- Raw honey
- A lemon wedge
- A teaspoon of coconut oil or flaxseed oil to aid in absorption
- –A second option is to mix in a little bit of black pepper which contains piperine. This aids in the absorption of curcumin–
- In a small pot, bring the water to boil.
- Add the fresh grated turmeric root and reduce the heat.
- Simmer for about 10 minutes.
- If using ground turmeric, boil for about 5 minutes instead.
- Strain the tea.
- Add the honey and lemon to taste.
- Once the tea is ready, add the coconut oil or black pepper to increase the turmeric absorption.
How often can you drink turmeric tea?
It is recommended that you drink at least one cup of turmeric tea to reduce aches, pains and inflammation. There is not a standard amount for precise dosing.
**Are there any side effects?
Research shows turmeric to be without notable side effects when used appropriately by adults. However, certain herbs may interact with some prescription medications. Therefore, talk with your doctor before deciding if herbs might be useful for your situation. Moreover, taking herbs by mouth in medicinal amounts could be unsafe for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Again, ask your doctor to be sure.
**Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.
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