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    • Tumeric Tea - who would've thought!

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    •  10/4/2013 3:21:52 PM
    • Turmeric (Pasupu, Haldi)


      I was fortunate enough to travel last week - which was incredible - but the down side was sleeping in a different bed every night.  That, and lots of airplane hopping left me with a tweaked back and a horribly kinked neck.  It was a bummer to come home with aches and pains.

      Well I happened to stumble upon a website (a fantastic one at that www.cookbooks101.com) and this is what jumped off the page at me:


      For a while it felt like someone was sticking a hot poker between my shoulder blades, particularly if I moved my neck in certain directions, like left or right. And the mornings? Ouch. I'm not entirely sure what I did, but I think it might have something to do with lifting sixty pound boxes up stairs. Over and over. Apologies for the complaining, but it was something that had been bothering me for the past few weeks, and nothing was really helping until it occurred to me to bump up the turmeric in my diet. It has significant anti-inflammatory properties (as well as a host of other benefits), and I started going for it - adding extra turmeric to curries, drinking turmeric tea in the morning and evenings, and generally keeping it out on the counter for easy access.


      I knew about many of the cancer-fighting characteristics of tumeric and try to incorporate it into my cooking (which, if you've tasted tumeric isn't that easy), but I had absolutely never considered putting tumeric in my tea!!!  Well, with the pain in my neck and back I thought it was worth a try.

       

      Well, guess what!  Within a day I could notice a difference and within 2 days I could completely move my head from side to side (drinking the tea twice a day).

       

      Now one could argue that this could simply be my bodies natural healing capabilities at work, but I'm certainly not going to dismiss the tea that easily.  Oh and the best part was that the tea was delicious!  I never would have thought that tumeric and black pepper should ever go in tea, but I was wrong.  So now not only do I have a tea with healing powers, but it actually tastes great too!

       

      Here's what I did:

       

      Warm up 1 cup of warm water (not too hot to help preserve the "rawness" of the honey)

      1 tsp raw honey

      juice from 1/2 a lemon

      1/8 tsp tumeric

      1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper (helps the body absorb the tumeric)


      If the taste is too strong you could always add a peppermint tea or some stevia.




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