Ginger Turmeric Tea
Makes 2 cups
I first learned of this flavorful, invigorating drink as a caffeine-free way to begin the day. Both ginger and turmeric are proven herbal allies. Ginger is useful in relieving an array of digestive symptoms, ranging from cramps to motion sickness and indigestion. It’s antimicrobial and antioxidant. Turmeric is the main ingredient in Indian curry. It is not a ‘hot’ spice, but has balanced, earthy flavors with peppery undertones. Turmeric is used in Ayurvedic medicine, and is known to have many health benefits, including protecting the liver against toxins and lowering cholesterol. Additionally, it is anti-inflammatory and antibiotic. This tea is truly a health-promoting addition to your diet – at any time of the day!
½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger, about ¼-inch of a 1-inch diameter root (peel before grating if conventionally grown)
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon – 1 tablespoon local, raw honey (optional)
Bring 2 cups of water to boil. In a small teapot, or a quart-sized Mason jar combine the ginger and turmeric. Pour the water over the herbs. Cover the teapot or jar. Steep for 1 minute. Strain into two tea cups. Serve with the optional honey, added to taste.
 James F. Balch and Phyllis A. Balch, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, (Garden City Park: Avery, 1997).
 Balch and Balch, Prescription.