boost your immune system with this warming tumeric tea

stretch and glow yoga tumeric tea

I always seem to be a bit prone to cold & flu around the change of the seasons and this year seemed worse than usual. I had given up caffeine but was struggling with energy and needed a quick pick-me-up!

it felt like it was a constant battle of never ending bugs & head-colds compounded by lack of sleep due to a restless toddler with terrible sleeping patterns.

Normally under the circumstances I would reach for a cup of coffee first thing in the morning.

I am NOT a morning person and have trained the kids to ask my partner Russ for breakfast in the mornings (ha ha ha - it has worked a treat and gives me an extra 20mins in bed), but that aside, I would still usually start the day with a cup of tea or more recently coffee. Problem is - my guts do not enjoy coffee as much as my tastebuds and I would need to go to the bathroom real quick iykwim. That aside - caffeine inhibits our absorbtion of many minerals, so in my mind I was ready to give up coffee and move onto cleaner pastures.

The problem is - if you're used to drinking coffee - there's a ritual that you also feel like you're missing out on right?!

It's also hard for the taste-buds to go from lush creamy caffeiney goodness to boring herbal tea (at least until your tastebuds have adjusted).

Why I love this tea...

1. It has a zing - so you feel a bit more excited for this than boring chamomile tea.

2. Tumeric & Ginger have healing properties & are generally considered to be good for your immune system and help prevent inflammation.

3. When you prepare a tea like this it become a little ritual - so whilst you might not be making barista patterns in your frothy milk, you can still give instagram a good workout :-)

4. Notice how much cleaner, vibrant & alert you feel - without the awkward trip to the bathroom, or the terrible 'caffeine come down' two hours later.

 

Ingredients:

Fresh knob ginger

Fresh knob of tumeric

Lemon or lime (use the juice or slice if you prefer a more subtle flavour)

Sweetener of your choice

 

HOW TO MAKE:

1. I used a commercial herbal tea as a base because I already had in on hand - in this case Pukka 3 Ginger (if you have never tried their teas - you can pick them up at most organic grocers - they are amazingly YUM.

2. Grate ginger & tumeric. I like to use a lot of ginger - it gives a wonderful warming taste with a bit of a zing. Tumeric is quite strong and you don't need very much. If you don't have fresh tumeric - leave it out or add a freshly ground version.

3. Lime (or lemon).

4. If you prefer a sweetener try adding honey, agave or raw coconut sugar.

5. Simply boil the kettle  and add ingredients to taste - starting with the teabag if you're using one.

6. For a strong tasting tea - you can add the spices to water on the stove & bring to boil - make a big batch for the whole day!