GT Tea: Ginger Turmeric Spice Tea

GT Tea: Ginger Turmeric Spice Tea

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Turmeric is in the news. Its an anti inflammatory Spice. Ginger too is an anti-inflammatory, also known for helping digestion. Did you know that both Ginger and Turmeric are in the same family of roots and another root in the same family is the Galangal root. I use all three of them in a blend that is just right. Turmeric does not get absorbed very well into the blood stream without a compound called Piperine that is a major component of black pepper. Rather than get the Piperine extract I put ground black pepper into the mix since its been my experience that the whole food is better for you. And to give the concoction some zing I added a bit of Cayenne pepper. Not too much but enough to wake you up and get you moving. Make this tea with Boiling water. It can be made double strength and poured over Ice. Cold brew with double strength and left overnight, pour over ice.

The powders drop to the bottom of the cup like tea leaves and can be pour away after use. 

For more control over how strong you make the mixture vary the amount from the measuring spoon. I use about half a level measuring spoon (~0.5 gram) for a teacup, a level spoon for a mug and multiple spoons in a tea pot depending on size. I generally add it to my black tea in the mornings and have it on its own for a caffeine free drink for afternoon tea and in the evening.

To cut the sting from the pepper add some cream or lemon juice. The peppers are alcaloids and the acid will neutralizes them somewhat.