Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Lemongrass, Ginger, Turmeric and Black Pepper Tea

Lemongrass, Ginger and Turmeric are 3 pretty awesome herbs. They each have incredible healing and beneficial properties and are used together often in Asian recipes. We always had a few bushes of lemongrass and ginger growing at home (you can learn how to grow you own ginger here). Making a tea from any one of these herbs on it's own or together is easy - chop, add water, simmer and enjoy. This Lemongrass, Ginger, Turmeric and Black pepper tea is something I have on the stove most days. It's a super drink with so many benefits.

Lemongrass, Ginger, Turmeric and Black Pepper Tea
Lemongrass, Ginger, Turmeric and Black Pepper Tea
[UPDATE] - This post has been updated to include black pepper which contains piperine. When combined with turmeric, it increases the bioavailability of the powerful anti-oxidant curcumin (found in turmeric) by 1000 times, which means your body can absorb more. It's even better when you have it with this Raisin Bread which contains healthy fats from coconut milk and oil

It's even better when you have it with this Raisin Bread
This tea is even better when you have it with this Raisin Bread

Curcumin is known for it's anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. It's known to help  support healthy joint function, lower blood pressure, aid depression, promote radiant skin, boost the immune system and assist with many other modern diseases. It really is one of natures most powerful superfoods. A tip from my Doctor was to always have it with pepper and fat for the best absorption and activation.

Lemongrass, Ginger, Turmeric and Black Pepper Tea

Lemongrass, Ginger, Turmeric and Black Pepper Tea
Lemongrass, Ginger, Turmeric and Black Pepper Tea

Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins to 30 mins depending on strength

You will need:
  • 2 lemongrass stalks washed
  • 2 inch piece of ginger washed, peeled and sliced
  • 2 inch piece of turmeric washed, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp whole black pepper slightly crushed
  • 1 litre filtered water
Method:
  • Using the flat part of the knife, smash the lemongrass to release its fragrance, then cut in 5cm pieces, include the leaves (you can save leaves from other recipes that only call for the white part for this recipe too)
  • Peel and the ginger and turmeric
  • Add to saucepan with water
  • Bring to boil then lower to a simmer for at least 10 minutes for a light tasting tea
  • Or simmer for 30 minutes for a stronger dark tea
  • Try not to use any sweetener if you can, or to start add a little honey and gradually reduce until none is needed
  • Refrigerate any leftover tea and enjoy over some ice, or keep it in the saucepan and reheat when needed 
  • You can also add more water and re-brew the ingredients twice
Lemongrass, Ginger, Turmeric and Black Pepper Tea
Lemongrass, Ginger, Turmeric and Black Pepper Tea

Enjoy! 

May xx
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References Dr Mercola Benefits of Turmeric




7 comments:

  1. Ooooo, I wonder what this would taste like fermented! Have you tried it?

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    1. No I haven't!!! but I often make ginger Kombucha tea, so I think I might try lemongrass with it next time... unsure about the turmeric though!! great idea! thanks :)

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  2. This is a great drink! Thank you for posting it. I tried it for a couple of weeks and saw obvious improvements to my acne proned skin!

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    1. thank you for your feedback! so glad to hear it's working well for you. I also saw a similar improvement with my skin too xx

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  3. I have done it very often. Tumeric, cinnamon, lemon grass, ginger and honey. Boil all except honey and lemon juice which u add in when tea is cool. Boil a big pot and pour it into drinking bottle and put them in the fridge. Last me 4 -5days

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  4. Now I am trying to blending them raw using Tefal Blend force with 6 blades. Great and cheap way to juice and filter fresh juice from all fruits and vegetables. U need a strainer to strain and obtain a smoother drink.

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