Although the weather is only just beginning to turn chilly, cold and flu season has already arrived in full swing. Tis the season for runny noses, body aches and nasty coughs that don’t quit. Although conventional medicine can be helpful when you’re in the throes of a cold, there are also many natural ways to both prevent and treat seasonal illnesses.
One time-tested, natural remedy that can help cure and ward off wintertime bugs is turmeric, a common ingredient you may already have in your pantry. Turmeric is a yellow spice created from the root, or rhizome of the turmeric plant which is fabulous in curries, smoothies, and soups.
Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of making a turmeric tonic to keep you healthy during the winter months.
Benefits of Turmeric Tonic
Before we dive to preparing your own fresh turmeric tonic, let’s discuss the reasons why turmeric is such powerful ingredient. Turmeric, or turmeric root, is a lot like ginger and it grows mainly in India and Asian. For thousands of years, turmeric has been used in South Asian cultures as a holistic ingredient used reduce inflammation, increase the immune system and balance the body.
One of the reasons turmeric is so effective is the presence of a compound known as curcumin. According to research curcumin supports overall health and can speed recovery from illness and injury. In every effective turmeric tonic recipe, you’ll also see black pepper listed as an ingredient, this is due to the poor bioavailability of curcumin – meaning it can be hard for your body to unlock its goodness. However, when combined with the piperine in black pepper, the body is able to absorb and use the healthy-boosting goodness of turmeric – so don’t skip the pepper!
Turmeric Tonic Recipe
There are a lot of ways to make turmeric tonic for yourself, but for this preparation, you’ll need:
- 1 tbsp freshly grated turmeric (or 1 tsp ground turmeric such as this Organic Turmeric from Banyan Botanicals)
- 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
- 2 cups of coconut water (or plain filtered water)
- The juice of one fresh lemon
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- Honey or maple syrup to add sweetness as desired
Start by grating your fresh roots on the finest plane your grater has available – a microplane grater is the perfect tool for this job as it will give you a fine texture. Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until well-mixed. You can strain the tonic before drinking if the pulp bothers you, but it’s best to drink it in its purest form.
And there you have it! Keep your loved ones well all season long by regularly preparing this colorful, nutritive tonic. If you don’t have time to prepare this tonic or you’re away from your kitchen, Turmeric supplements from Gaia Herbs contain all the goodness of turmeric in an easy to swallow vegetarian capsule. Gaia Herbs has a line of certified organic, holistic products created with top-notch quality, purity and potency.
Have you tried a health-boosting turmeric tonic? Share your tips and experiences with us in the comments section below.
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