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Soothing ginger-turmeric tea

This is just one of my favorite drinks to go to when I wake up and I need something that will heat my body from the inside. Especially when it’s cold outside and you live in a leaky old house. Also, a drink I turn to when I feeling a little bit under the weather for whatever reason (does a hangover count as well?). Sometimes I like to add some lemon that will activate the digestive system in the morning.

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Ginger is considered a warming root that is used in Chinese medicine to warm the abdomen, treat an upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting. It will even help if you have a nasty cough since it will also warm the lungs.
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and known for the vibrant yellow color that is used in curries. It might not come to a surprise that this rhizome is already used for thousand of years in China and India for its medical properties. Studies have shown that it reduces inflammation, improve digestion, lower cholesterol, protects the liver from toxins and congestions and it even helps an upset stomach.
Lemon are not only known for their zing that we like to add to dishes, but they also provide vitamin C, riboflavin, citric acid, malic acid, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. Although it is considered a cooling ingredient in the Chinese medicine. It clears out the heat but it helps harmonize the stomach and relieves coughing.

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If you feel really adventurous, add a splash coconut milk. Although I have to warn you, that you might want to turn it into a savory creamy coconut soup. Just be warned.

Every person has a different flavor pallet. So I leave you with a rough guideline but feel super free to adjust according to your taste. Some optional ingredients are cinnamon and agave syrup.

Soothing ginger-turmeric tea

4 cups | 1 LTR water
6 – 7 slices ginger
3 slices turmeric
1 cinnamon stick (optional)
2 – 3 slices lemon (optional)
a squeeze of natural sweetener (optional)

Bring 6 cups of water to boil in a pan. When it’s boiling, add the ginger and turmeric (optional cinnamon). Turn down the heat and let is simmer for a good ten minutes. Take off the heat and add the lemon and optional sweetener. Taste and add more sweetener or ginger if you like.

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