Whenever we speak of new age remedies, there has been a complete swinging away from the more intense allopathic drug-based pharma solutions. More and more health experts and scientific solution seekers are looking at the pre-existing food sources as the natural means of circumnavigating what we often call as lifestyle diseases. These include obesity, hypertension, hyperacidity, and several life-threatening and debilitating health issues that eventually have been known to arise from it–severe diabetes, cancer, stroke, and so many others.
The bottom line really is that, just as the underutilization of several of our natural sources foods has led to many of these problems to have reached this epidemic level, irrespective of color or continent, it is the same source of foods that could reverse this imbalance and help us regain our own body’s immunogenic balance which is built into our systems.
One of the obvious fallout, a complete lack of balance in eating habits and a drastic change in lifestyles have created the biggest threat of all – obesity. Several of the most known spices including turmeric have been studied in the most critical of scientific spaces to emerge as a highly effective and potent remedy to address not only obesity but also cancer, dementia, and control of blood sugar.
This is often referred to as ethnobotany, a science that studies threadbare the traditional plant sourced foods and their impact on human evolution and subsequent changes in metabolism. In Indian and Chinese cooking, not only has turmeric been used for coloring gravies but also cheeses as well as for coloring regular mustard. In ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric powder was used to cure inflammation, reduce liver infections and malfunctioning digestion, and also help fight clotting of blood, curing skin ailments and wounds. It is known to have proven antimicrobial action on the skin.
What is curcumin?
Clinical trials with curcumin, a chemical found in the turmeric powder, proved that this chemical has been found to have far-reaching effects on the body to combat effectively not only cancer but also diabetes, Crohn’s disease, arthritis ,all kinds of ulcerations and inflammation-related diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, uveitis, cardiovascular diseases, vitiligo, lupus, renal conditions, and immunodeficiency syndrome like thalassemia.
What has conclusively been reported through several studies on Curcuma longa, the rhizomatous ginger family perennial plant, is that there is adequate evidence now to support its high effectiveness in combating all of the above mentioned debilitating conditions.
Apart from making it part of your everyday food intake, the powder form of this rhizome can be included as a drink in your diet too. Turmeric tea is easy to prepare and maybe combined with other herbal inclusions and infusion without changing its basic qualitative aspect and effectiveness.
The presence of curcumin in turmeric is known to lessen the resistance in the body for insulin and leptin – two of the most well know causes of obesity.
So how does consumption of turmeric tea really help?
One need not always look for “pharmacolized” turmeric solutions –one of the simplest ways this golden spice can be made part of your diet is by simply making a fairly pleasant tasting tea out of its powdered form, which is easily available in all well-known spice stores. Get it from any Asian spice shop and you are sure to get the purest form.
Some Truly Authentic and Effective Turmeric Tea Recipes
It would not be an exaggeration to call them formulas as they do pack in the goodness of several highly therapeutic additions apart from turmeric power to make them a very healthy drink.
Here Is #1 Japanese Turmeric Tea
- 2 cups water, ½ tsp ground turmeric, ½ tsp ground chopped ginger, ½ tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tbsp honey, 1 lemon wedge.
- Boil water and as it begins to simmer add cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric powder and allow it to simmer on low heat for a good ten minutes.After which, you should strain it and add honey and the lemon wedge.
This recipe is also called as the Okinawa turmeric tea.
Recipe #2 The Golden Cup
- 2 cups water, an inch of grated ginger, 2 tsp ground turmeric powder, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, lemon grass tea bag or fresh lemongrass, 6 pepper corns, pinch of sea salt.
- Garnishing – orange or lemon slice, honey, a little lemon juice.
- Boil water with cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, orange slices, and pepper corns. Simmer for 10–15 minutes and when you turn off the heat add the lemon grass. Steep for three minutes and strain into a cup. Add lemon juice, honey, and a lemon wedge on the glass.
Recipe # 3 Golden Milk
So those of you who prefer to tone down the smell and the spiciness of turmeric which could be slightly,overpoweringly acrid, here is a creamier version.
- 2 cups milk (dairy), soya or almond (any), 1 teaspoon turmeric, ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder (you could use a stick too), a small piece of ginger, a tsp of honey, a pinch of cayenne powder, a pinch of black pepper powder.
- Blend in milk and all the other ingredients in blender till smooth. Boil for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain and drink warm or hot as you please.
Recipe# 4 Turmeric Tea with a Twist
Simply repeat all of the ingredients of the basic tea like 1 tsp of turmeric powder in 2 cups of water. Add ginger powder, cloves (about 4), a crushed cardamom, and cayenne pepper and then boil. After simmering for 10 minutes, strain and add honey. Cardamom is another top immunity booster and high in antioxidants that combines famously with turmeric.