“In Ireland, you go to someone’s house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you’re really just fine. She asks if you’re sure. You say of course you’re sure, really, you don’t need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don’t need a ting. Well, she says then, I was going to get myself some anyway, so it would be no trouble. Ah, you say, well, if you were going to get yourself some, I wouldn’t mind a spot of tea, at that, so long as it’s no trouble and I can give you a hand in the kitchen. Then you go through the whole thing all over again until you both end up in the kitchen drinking tea and chatting.
In America, someone asks you if you want a cup of tea, you say no, and then you don’t get any damned tea.
I liked the Irish way better.”
~ C.E. Murphy, Urban Shaman
Turmeric and ginger tea is a zippy little brew.
I drink this tea daily, first thing in the morning after my meditation, and have found it to be a very useful addition to my healing regime for Lyme disease. It might help you too.
Thanks to the turmeric and ginger, this tea has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. It supports your immune system, and liver function. It is soothing to the digestive tract, improves digestion, and boosts metabolism. The lemon ensures that this beverage is alkalinising for your body, and rich with vitamin c and antioxidants..
Maple syrup helps break down biofilm, which is an important benefit for those suffering from borreliosis (lyme disease) and associated bacterial co-infections.
Turmeric and ginger tea is a delightful brew to start your day, and can be enjoyed hot or cold, depending on the weather and your mood. Your liver will love you for it.
Ingredients for two cups – basic recipe:
A one inch piece of fresh ginger, washed and sliced finely.
A one inch piece of fresh turmeric root, washed and sliced finely.
Juice of one lemon (no need to strain, and lemon seeds are fine, giving their own unique health benefits in your brew)
Two cups of boiling water
One tablespoon of maple syrup – or more, to taste
*Fresh ginger and turmeric are best, but if you can’t source these use the dried powder. 1/2 a teaspoon of each will work, or adjust to your own taste.
Place all ingredients in a pot and let steep for four to five minutes before consuming.
If you have adrenal fatigue or chronic fatigue, and aren’t troubled by high blood pressure you can also add in two to three slices of dried licorice root (found in many health food stores or Chinese herbalists or Asian grocery stores). Licorice root also protects and supports the liver, and can aid in treating depression. *Do not use licorice root if you have high blood pressure.
A pinch of cayenne pepper improves circulation and breaks down mucous in the body. It also helps regulate blood sugar. Be careful though, it’s very strong so start with a tiny little pinch.
If you are on a sugar-free diet it is fine to omit the maple syrup. You may also swap it out for honey or stevia.
Add more water to the pot and steep again. You’ll get a tasty second brew to sip during the day.