Super Spice Beauty Tea: Ginger Turmeric Lucuma
I've been in love with turmeric and ginger teas ever since my Ayurvedic doctor gave me a recipe many years ago (incidentally, to control crazy chronic hay fever, which thankfully I no longer suffer from). Turmeric's deep saffron colored pigment, known as curcumin, has extraordinary anti-inflammatory powers and has been used as both medicine and food by various cultures for millennia. Modern science also now supports this with numerous studies on this potent polyphenol curcumin and its benefits in preventing so many diseases, including cancer. Make a cup of this tea and read up on this wonder root for yourself!
This tea won't only help control inflammation on your insides, turmeric's anti-aging and antioxidant compounds will get your skin glowing too! Fight disease and beautify your outermost organ? Great reason to drink it up daily!
I used both organic turmeric root and organic turmeric powder for this recipe. Added cinnamon provides more anti-inflammatory benefits and helps stabilize blood sugar. A small pinch of chili powder helps aid digestion, as well as offers vitamins A and C. I sweetened it with lucuma ('Gold of the Incas’), one of my favorite low-glycemic sweeteners. It's available in powder form made from the dried ground Peruvian fruit and contains super nutrients, including calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and even protein (said to be about 4g per 100g). I take raw honey medicinally—that is, when I have a sort throat, so if you're not vegan, add a bit of honey after the tea has stopped cooking for a throat-soothing tea!
To your health and happiness! xx, Juli
makes 1 cup
- 2 cups pure filtered water
- 1 piece ginger root (c. 3-cm), chopped
- 1 piece turmeric root (c. 2 cm), chopped
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- pinch of chili powder
- 1 tbsp lucuma powder
- 2 tbsp raw honey (optional, but really great if you happen to have a sore throat!)
- Bring all of the ingredients except the lucuma powder and raw honey to a light boil.
- Turn down the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the liquid has reduced to about half the original content.
- Remove from heat and stir in the lucuma powder and the raw honey if you're adding it.