Having grown up in an Indian household, turmeric and ginger tea was just one of the herbal teas that we enjoyed almost all the time. My mom would make us turmeric tea and turmeric milk when we were young. We always heard how turmeric was very good for healing and it was good to have a little every day. Most of our meals consisted of both herbs in either the fresh or the powdered form.
Benefits of Fresh Turmeric
Turmeric has been known for fighting viral infections, and for general healing. I use it as a patch on wounds, such as burns or cuts, because it helps prevent and fight infections. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant and I make and feed my kids this tea almost regularly. Growing up, I suffered a lot with acne and my mom would make me a facemask with turmeric and yogurt. It worked like a charm. So many benefits of a single herb.
The ingredients for fresh turmeric and ginger tea
My healing tea ingredients are simple but can be varied slightly depending on your choice. See below for variations.
Here is what you will need for 2 servings:
- 1 inch fresh turmeric – chopped into slices or grated.
- 1 inch fresh ginger – chopped into slices or grated.
- 2 cups of water
- 2 slices of fresh lemon – or juice of 1/4 lemon.
- 1 teaspoon of honey – or maple syrup or even plain sugar syrup.
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Brewing the tea
Brewing your fresh turmeric and ginger healthy tea is as simple as boiling water. If you can boil water in a pot, then you can make this. Fret not, if you have never boiled water in a pot, read on and see how easy it can be.
- Chop the turmeric into 2 millimeter slices. Alternatively, grate it for better absorption.
- Chop the ginger into 2 millimeter slices. Alternatively, grate it for better absorption.
- Add both the herbs to a medium sized pot and add 2 cups of water to the pot.
- Bring to a boil and let it simmer for about 5-7 minutes on medium low heat.
- Turn the heat off, strain, and enjoy.
Fresh Turmeric and Ginger Tea Variations
There are so many variations one can make to this humble recipe. I love mine with just a slice of lemon and no sweetener. My son likes his with a slice of lemon and a dash of honey. My daughter likes hers with maple syrup.
In the winter, I like to have it hot with lemon. In the spring, I like to add a tablespoon or so of my cranberry sauce pureed and strained. In the summer, it tastes amazing with some ice and an addition of some orange juice and some mint leaves. So refreshing. In the fall, try to add a sprinkling of nutmeg or some cinnamon. It’s one of those amazing recipes that can be enjoyed all year round.
Fresh or Powder
I have often been asked what the difference between fresh and dried herbs is. Fresh is a lot more potent than the dried version. Mostly what we find in grocery stores is a lesser version of the fresher ones. Any time you dry something and store it for a long time, it tends to lose its potency. The best way to enjoy this recipe is to use the fresh version of both herbs.
Enjoy it any way you like. Enjoy it because you like herbal teas. Enjoy it because you like healthy teas. Enjoy it because of its various health benefits. Or simply enjoy it because you just enjoy drinking it.
Spring Healing Fresh Turmeric and Ginger TeaCourse: SideCuisine: Indo-CanadianDifficulty: Easy
My fresh turmeric and ginger tea provides good-for-you anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compounds that provide a range of health benefits.
1 inch fresh turmeric
1 inch fresh ginger
2 cups of water
2 slices of fresh lemon
1 teaspoon of honey
- Wash both the fresh turmeric and ginger very well with fresh water.
- Slice the fresh turmeric and fresh ginger into 2 millimeter slices. Alternatively, grate them both for better absorption.
- Add both herbs and the water into a medium sized pot.
- Boil the water and then allow it to simmer for 5-7 minutes. You will be able to smell the herbs and see the colour change.
- Strain and enjoy with fresh lemon, and honey. See above for variations to the recipe.
What is the difference between fresh and powdered turmeric?
Fresh turmeric, like any other fresh herb, is much more potent than the dried version. Yes, you can absolutely replace fresh turmeric with powder turmeric. However, keep in mind that the colour of your recipe will be much darker with powder. Powder might also leave sediment in teas, however, fresh will not.
How do I prepare fresh turmeric and ginger?
Preparing the herbs is very easy. Wash them very well and slice them with the skin on. Although a lot of people like to peel them, Their skin is edible. If you do want to peel them, then use a spoon and gently scrape off the very thin layer of skin. Alternatively, you can grate them both and use them grated.
What is the best time to drink turmeric and ginger tea?
This healthy and herbal tea can be enjoyed at any time of day. Have it in place of your morning coffee. Or with your afternoon snack. Or before going to bed. Basically, it can be enjoyed at any time of day.
Is turmeric and ginger herbal tea healing?
Yes, it definitely is. Both ginger and turmeric are considered anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. They are both very good for keeping infections at bay and thus very good with healing too.