Turmeric Chai Tea
In our modern, Western society, herbs and Eastern medicine have garnered a somewhat negative connotation. Using food as medicine, however, can be an effective way to boost your immune system and treat seasonal symptoms!
I tend to prefer holistic approaches to the sniffles and sore throats that appear when the seasons change. I've always had adverse reactions to most over the counter medications (NyQuil PM has been known to make my pupils dilate and my mind race like I'm extremely caffeinated, while AM makes me drowsy McDrowserson). When it comes to medicinal, over the counter conveniences... I'm a bit more wary.
My favorite foods as medicine for when I get a case of the sinus funk? Garlic oil (in the ear and nose), Elderberry Syrup, Fire Cider, and the below Turmeric Chai Tea.
I'll brew this tea and sip on it all day. I beat the flu with this tea (and lots of rest, and I am not by any means saying that you should drink this tea and avoid the doctor if you get sick--get checked out and always follow your excellent doctor's advice if it is sound and in line with your beliefs.)
Turmeric has a long standing reputation in Ayurveda (traditional Indian diet/holistic approach to life) as being a cold cure all. Along with cinnamon (used in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years and recently demonstrated as having anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial effects), ginger (anti-inflammatory), and local honey (antibacterial), this tea helps your body put up a good fight against seasonal invaders.
Turmeric Chai Tea
Yields 1 cup of tea
1/2 cup - 1 cup water
3-4 whole peppercorn kernels
1-2 tea bags (green tea or a rooibos tea)
1" turmeric root, peeled
1" ginger root, peeled
1/4 tsp cinnamon (or boil a cinnamon stick)
1-2 tsp raw, organic honey
1/4 cup almond milk
- Bring the water, peppercorn kernels, tea bags, turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon stick (if using rather than ground) to a boil in a small sauce pan over medium to high heat.
- Remove from heat and strain liquid.
- Return the liquid to your sauce pan and reduce heat, adding honey and almond milk.
- Enjoy while it's warm to soothe your throat and unclog the sinuses.
Drink for enjoyment, as a preventative measure, or if you're always under the weather.