The other day I told you about the crazy tea-making mode I’m in.
…I told you about the vintage travel trailer overhaul I’m in the midst of right?!? Side note :: If you’re interested, you can follow my vintage trailer restoration via Instagram @frugallysustain
What could the two have to do with each other?
Well, all of my spare time — and not so spare time — has been spent working on this trailer. That basically means, my house is a wreck, I’m exhausted at the end of every.single.day., and I’m probably not eating like I should. However…
…this recipe for Ginger Turmeric Tea has been my salvation of sorts.
I’m drinking quarts of this stuff daily! Because let me tell you, a few days ago I started to feel the soreness of extreme manual labor beginning to take hold — unacceptable! I needed to make something that was nourishing + quick + easy — the solution came to me as I stood sanding the ceiling.
What does this tea do?
The botanicals included in the following recipe bring balance to the body’s systems (i.e. reproductive, circulatory, digestive, musculoskeletal, etc). And the resulting herbal infusion is super high in antioxidants and loaded with analgesic properties ready for the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, fibromialgia, bursitis, tendonitis, spinal problems, osteoporosis, and general muscular aches + pains caused by strenuous physical activity.
My intention was to handcraft something that would relieve, or at the very least ease, my body’s muscular inflammatory response to all of the extra physical activity and provide lots of support to my immune system.
Effective + safe + inexpensive — medicinal herbs have been used for centuries to naturally fortify the body against inflammatory conditions and reduce pain.
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Various medicinal actions of herbs — primarily that of the anodynes (pain killers) and anti-inflammatories — can be super effectively used as alternatives to NSAIDs and/or pharmaceutical pain relievers.
And the best news…the herbal combo I formulated for this tea is a powerhouse tonic when the intention is for overall wellness.
A few facts + a little folklore
surrounding these plant allies.
- Turmeric Root — Turmeric has been used as an herbal medicine for centuries throughout the world. The primary chemical constituent, curcumin, has received a great deal of positive attention over the past several years thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, and antifungal benefits. The presence of curcumin makes turmeric an excellent healing remedy for traumatic pain and fatigue.
- Devil’s Claw Root — Devil’s claw contains three bioactive compounds — harpagoside, harpagide and procumbine — that provide for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Harpagoside seems to be especially effective in this regard and — according to this study — it’s what qualifies Devil’s Claw as an attractive alternative to synthetic, pharmaceutical analgesics.
- Cinnamon — True cinnamon — also known as Cinnamomum verum, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Sweet Cinnamon, and Ceylon Cinnamon — is a very popular herb used to treat of a variety of inflammatory disorders, arthritis, and the common cold. The magic ingredient responsible for cinnamon’s efficacy as an anti-inflammatory is Manganese (Manganese is required for the strong formation of bones and connective tissues).
- Ginger Root — Folk medicine has used ginger for centuries to reduce inflammation. Similar to true cinnamon, ginger root can also be consumed to ease the symptoms caused by arthritis — particularly osteoarthritis. A cinnamon + ginger combo = pain that is less likely to be experienced.
Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea Blend
Ingredients*Purchase organically-grown or wildharvested herbs whenever possible.
*Parts are measured by volume not weight.
- 2 parts true cinnamon chips
- 2 parts lemongrass
- 1 part ginger root
- 1 part turmeric root powder
- 1/2 part devil’s claw root
- 1/2 part lemon peel
- Measure the parts of each of the herbs listed and mix in a large bowl until well combined.
- Grab your single serving tea carafe (this is my absolute favorite way to make a quick cup of loose leaf tea), tea infusers, and/or tea pots…and brew a cup! OR make a larger batch by adding 4 tablespoons of the herbal blend to a quart-size glass jar, fill the jar with just boiled water, steep for a few minutes, strain and enjoy. (Note: I get all of my loose leaf tea-making supplies online from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
- This herbal tea blend will keep stored in a cool, dark place for approximately 6 months. (Note: I like to store all of my teas in glass jars with tight-fitting lids.)
-Drink freely as often as needed for desired effect.
Where can I get this stuff?
-Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything you’ll need for this remedy! It’s your one-stop-shop!
DISCLAIMER: The statements made here are purely education and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. They are by no means intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although plants and medicinal herbs are generally considered safe, it may not be true for everyone. It is always the best practice and highly advised that you consult with a medical professional prior to the use of this or any other herbal preparation.
Sounds like you’ve got your hands full, so you may not have time to answer a question. I have most of these herbs/ fruits, but in different forms for example my ginger is fresh, cinn is ground, but pure org Ceylon. I may just experiment on putting them together in a tea, but any ideas you have would be appreciative. I have knee pain that would benefit greatly I’m sure! Many thanks!
I know I’m not Andrea but I thought I could put in my two cents *smiles*. Since you have these ingredients in different forms I would try put the powders with the powders in a tea bag and what I do with the fresh ginger is grate it, measure it out in teaspoons servings and freeze it on some parchment paper. Once froze, transfer to a freezer bag then I just take out what I want to use and throw it in the tea to brew. Once the tea is brewing I add my fresh ingredients near the end. I hope I wasn’t be too nosy but I thought I could pass along what I have learned the hard way. Good luck and enjoy your tea!!
How thoughtful of you to jump in and send me your 2 cents worth which honestly was worth so much more to me!!! What a great idea – I’ll do just that and hope to enjoy the benefits from a great mix! Thanks so much!
This tea sounds great and I have all the ingredients. I’ll make it tonight. Thanks for the recipe.
WHY, oh why is it that when I find a great recipe that I really need to make, I am short ONE item!!!!! I have literally dozens of glass containers filled with all types and forms of herbs, but I DON’T have Devils Claw root!!!!! AAARRRGGGGHHHH!!!! I have exactly 146 jars (I just counted them) filled with every herb and root and leaf imaginable, but no devils claw root!!
Ah well, maybe I need to make a nice pot of chamomile tea right now, anyway!
I’ll make some for my daughter who has fibro and a really bad hip,and just tore her knee ligament pretty badly. Maybe it will help her.
Thank you for the great recipe!
Oh, and MRH is OUT of DCR right now, so instead of just driving over to their storefront, ( I live just a few miles from them, and they are the BEST!) I have to order it from somewhere else!!!
Can you please share your recipe for the solid perfume you used to sell? Will you be opening your store again soon? 🙂
I miss it!! 🙁