Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Drink Your Immune Booster - Turmeric Tea

Turmeric Tea - An Immune Booster/Helper
Any time you start to feel a scratchy throat or signs that you might be getting sick, make this tea and relax while you help boost your immune system. It is a great idea to drink this during busy travel times too. 

1 cup hot water (DO NOT Boil)
1-2 tsp turmeric
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
1 tsp unpasteurized honey (raw)
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger (optional)
1 - 2 teaspoons unpasteurized apple cider vinegar or 1/2 fresh lemon, juiced

Mix everything BUT the water together in your favorite drinking mug. Then pour in the hot water and mix together. Drink while hot.

-Pasteurized honey actually creates mucous so you do not want to use pasteurized honey in your diet.
-Do not boil the water, boiling water and honey, when they come in contact, creates a toxin. So make sure that the water is just under a simmer. 
-Turmeric is an immune helper, has anti-inflammatory properties, has antioxidants and works directly on the back of the throat.
- Raw honey helps to sooth the throat while drying up mucous.
-During cold season keep sugar consumption down because it causes mucous. 

Turmeric Drink for Kids (or Adults)
1/2 cup hot water (DO NOT Boil)
1-2 tsp turmeric
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger  or  1/8 - 1/4 tsp powdered ginger
3-4 whole cloves
2-3 cardamon pods
1/2 teaspoon Funnugreek seeds (optional, helps turmeric and ginger to do its job, has synergy with these spices)
1/2 cup almond, coconut or cows milk
1/2 - 1 tsp unpasteurized honey or maple syrup 

Place spices and water into a pot, bring to a simmer, and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Add milk and bring to a simmer again. Strain contents by using a wire strainer or cheese cloth, into a favorite drinking mug. Add honey or maple syrup. This is medicinal but also very enjoyable. A chai sort of drink for those days when you need something soothing. Kids will like the creaminess of the tea and it should help with their fold or flu. 

-Fennugreek seeds can be found in Indian grocery stores. But if you do not have them then this tea will still work to help with immunity. 
- When making the drink for a child, start on the lower quantities for the spices and then work your way up, making sure that it is not to spicy for them.You can always dilute it with more milk. 

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