Got inflammation, aches, and pains? A few weeks with this drink and you may understand why I fondly call this drink the Ginger Turmeric Healer. G & T for short. Not that kind.
I’m not being coy calling this ginger turmeric drink a healer. In fact, after serving this up daily during a two-week stay with relatives, they both noticed relief from their daily arthritis-related aches and pains. To quote them “It doesn’t hurt anymore to walk the dogs” and “When I get up in the morning, the pain of putting my socks and shoes on is gone.” This drink also helped me dramatically following a recent traumatic injury, a story for another day. So, for anyone trying to avoid inflammation-related aches and pains, this drink is for you.
For the Ginger Juice: You can use a microplane to grate the ginger. Then, wrap the grated ginger into a cheese cloth and squeeze the juice from the pulp. Or, process the root in a blender or food processor.
Learn how here: Ginger Juice Cubes
For the Turmeric Purée: While dried turmeric powder will work medicinally for the drink (use 1/2 teaspoon per serving), I prefer the taste and texture of the fresh root. You can use a microplane to grate the turmeric root into a purée (no need for peeling). Or, likewise, process the root in a blender.
Learn how here: Turmeric Anti-Inflammation Cubes
Ginger Turmeric Medicinal Tea – 1 Servings
Yield: 1 Serving (about 1 3/4 cup)
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon ginger juice
- 1 tablespoon coconut milk (or a teaspoon of coconut oil)
- 1 tablespoon raw honey (or to taste)
- 1.5 teaspoons grated or pureed turmeric root
(or 1/2 teaspoon powdered turmeric)
- 1/8th teaspoon cayenne pepper
- a pinch sea salt
- fresh black pepper
Ginger Turmeric Medicinal Tea – Bulk Recipe
Yield: 4 Serving (about 1 3/4 cup per serving)
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup ginger juice
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (or 4 teaspoons of coconut oil)
- 1/4 cup raw honey (or to taste)
- 2 tablespoons grated or pureed turmeric root
(or two teaspoons powedered turmeric)
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/8th teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8th teaspoon black pepper
In the end, the healing attributes come from ginger and turmeric’s potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, with bioavailability boosted by the coconut milk (or oil) and black pepper. Everything else is gravy, a carrier for the healing spices and added for flavor. So, don’t be too concerned about following a ‘recipe.’ Just take your medicine. Ginger, turmeric and whatever else tastes good to you. Repeat.
Convenience Tip: Ginger Turmeric Healer Cubes
Caution. You just may find this healing drink addictive in the best sense of the word. That means preparing a LOT of ginger and turmeric. That also means parsing out ingredients each morning. But, for all the warmth and creaminess that the coconut milk delivers, it also presents a challenge; bulk production. Keep a batch in the refrigerator, and the coconut milk solidifies. You could heat up the whole batch to get one hot drink. Or, you could make cubes.
Yep, just layer the spices, coconut milk and lemon juice in an ice-cube tray and freeze it. Save the honey for later as it doesn’t freeze well. Once frozen, pop out the cubes and store them in a glass container. Add a cube to one cup of heated water. Add your sweetener, if desired, and you’re done!
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