Turmeric is a golden spice that has long been touted for its healing benefits in the ayurvedic medical tradition, the sister science of yoga. Yogi Bhajan, founder of the Yogi Tea brand who brought Kundalini Yoga to the United States, recommends this hot turmeric tea recipe for joint and bone health. Putting oil in tea may seem strange at first, but the result is heavenly and quite soothing.
In Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, turmeric is thought to aid in digestion, support a healthy immune system, support healthy cholesterol levels, and support liver detoxification, among other benefits. In Western medicine, research shows that turmeric may ease an upset stomach, reduce osteoarthritis pain, and provide anti-inflammatory, anticancer and antioxidant benefits. In addition, research suggests turmeric may have bone health benefits for women with post-menopausal osteoporosis.
Enjoy a cup of this turmeric tea whenever you want a comforting, relaxing beverage with health benefits.
- 2 tablespoons ground turmeric
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup milk (or soy milk, or other non-dairy milk substitute)
- 1 teaspoon almond oil
- Stir together the ground turmeric and water in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a simmer and allow to cook, stirring, until a thick paste is formed.
- Use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of this turmeric paste for each cup of tea.
- Add turmeric paste, milk, almond oil and honey to saucepan and reduce heat to low.
- Bring milk just to a boil then remove from heat.
- Whisk briskly or blend if you prefer a frothier drink.
- Be sure to use almond oil and not a substitute in this turmeric tea recipe. Don’t try this with olive oil if you’re out of almond oil -- you will likely spit it out!
- Almond oil is rich in Vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium, and zinc, making it beneficial for skin, hair and heart health.
- Try adding a little cinnamon to your tea for a flavor boost.
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