Aside from being known as one of the best spices over the years, turmeric is also considered as a natural remedy to fight different types of illnesses and diseases. You can include turmeric in your diet as a spice, as a soothing tea, and many other ways. A cup of turmeric tea can help relieve cold and flu, giving you a soothing effect.
2 cups water
½ tsp ground turmeric, or 1 inch of fresh turmeric root (minced)
½ tsp dried ginger, or i inch fresh ginger (optional)
½ tsp ground cinnamon or 2-3 cinnamon sticks (optional)
10 black peppercorns (optional)
2 herbal teabags (optional)
honey, to taste
small squeeze of lemon or orange, to taste
milk or soymilk, to taste (optional)
Part 1: Preparing the Ingredients
- Choose your turmeric
Ground turmeric is more widely available than fresh roots. However, you can still find some fresh turmeric at farmers’ markets, larger grocery stores, health food stores, and Asian markets.
- Peel fresh turmeric root with a small spoon and then grate it using the smallest holes of a box grater. Or if you would prefer, you can mince the peeled turmeric with a large knife.
- Choose your optional ingredients for additional flavour
The most common flavour addition to turmeric tea is ginger, probably because it is widely available. Cinnamon is another great option. Both of these spices improve the inflammatory effect of turmeric.
- If you are planning to add an herbal teabag, choose lemongrass.
- Prepare the optional ingredients
Grind the dried spices to release the potent flavours.
- Prepare the ginger like what you did with the turmeric. Peel it with a small spoon, then grate it using a Microplane or the small holes of a box grater.
- If you choose cinnamon sticks, you can add them as is. If you want a stronger flavour, grind them using mortar and pestle or pop them in a clean coffee grinder.
- As for black pepper, you can add them whole or ground.
Part 2: Brewing of the Tea
- Boil water in a small saucepan or kettle
- Add the ground or fresh turmeric into the boiling water
Add any optional ingredients expect the milk and herbal teabag, if you have.
- Lower the heat and let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes
- Remove the saucepan from the heat
Do this step carefully as the contents of the pan will be very hot. Use some protective gloves or pot holders to prevent scalding.
- If you are using an herbal teabag, add it into the mixture and let it steep for about three minutes.
Part 3: Serving the Tea
- Strain the tea
Using a sieve, strain the tea and pour it in a mug or a teapot. This method will result to a smooth tea.
- Be careful when straining the tea as the liquid is going to be really hot.
- Add lemon and/or honey
You can add these to the entire batch, or let individual drinkers add their own if you are making multiple servings.
- Add the milk or soymilk
This ingredient is used to reduce the bitterness of the tea.
Part 4: Making Turmeric Tea Bags
- Gather your materials
Aside from the standard tea brewing equipments such as pot, kettle and mug, you will need the following materials as well:
- 4 tea satchels, also known as tea sachets, loose tea filters or simple tea bags. These are readily available online or at your local baking supply store.
- A small bowl
- Measuring spoons
- Prepare your ingredients
You will need the following ingredients for this recipe:
- 2 ½ tbsp ground turmeric
- 1 ½ tbsp ground cinnamon
- 4 tbsp loose lemongrass tea
- 20 peppercorns
- Mix the ingredients
Combine all the ingredients in the small bowl and stir.
- Fill the tea satchels
Fill the tea satchels with 1 teaspoon of the ingredients mixture for each satchel.
- Brew the tea
Follow the steps in the standard-tea brewing method.
- You may add fresh ginger into your tea pot or mug as the tea brews.
- You may also add orange slices and honey for more flavour.