The health benefits of Turmeric tea were discovered long ago by Indian herbal experts but modern medicine is now beginning to realize the health benefits of this herb. In the annals of Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has played a key role especially in the field of anti-inflammation.
Turmeric is a tropical perennial plant that is native to India, but is cultivated throughout the tropics. Turmeric grows to about three feet and bears pairs of lance-shaped leaves of alternate sides of the stem. At the base of the stem, there is a knobby rhizome somewhat resembling ginger.
Turmeric’s many health benefits have been attributed to curcumin, a group of antioxidant compounds found in the rhizome. Curcumin is also the spice that gives most Indian food its yellow color.
Making turmeric tea is recommended in order to derive the benefits of the healing constituents of turmeric. To make turmeric tea, boil about 4 cups of water into a small pot and bring to a boil on the stove. Then add 1 tsp. of turmeric and reduce to simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. This will extract the beneficial compounds from the turmeric. Ginger, honey or lemon may be added to enhance the flavor of the turmeric tea.
The turmeric tea can be drunk 2 to 3 times a day. However, as with any herb, it is best to drink turmeric tea in moderation. Pregnant women and those with congestive heart disease are advised not to drink this tea.
Here are some health benefits attributed to turmeric tea:
- May enhance joint and bone health.
- Shown to aid in the clearing of skin plagued with acne and even heals the scars of bad acne.
- Said to help prevent hardening of the arteries in people suffering from diabetes.
- Appears to help alleviate pain from arthritis, bursitis and tendonitis.
- Known to kill cancerous cells.
- Claimed help stop cholesterol from forming gallstones.
- May help fight gum inflammation, reduce bad breath and gingivitis.
- May assist in calming a nervous stomach.
- Could prove helpful in the overall fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.