When the fall weather turns chilled, it is easy to catch colds and coughs. Whenever I feel a cold coming, I make this warming drink. I use
- lemon juice
and drink it throughout the fall and winter season when I’m cold or just lethargic, as well as to prevent and relieve colds, coughs and sore throats.
Ingredients for Ginger Turmeric Lemon Tea
Ginger is one of the best spices to use medicinally. It has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and in India’s Ayurvedic Medicine for thousands of years. Ginger is used in many conditions that are linked to the body not handling moisture or dampness (such as damp rainy fall weather) too well: coughs, colds, sore throats. It is used against poor circulation and joint problems (including arthritis), and it is also an excellent home remedy for nausea, upset stomachs and indigestion. It warms you up in cold weather, relieves chills and helps with coughs and colds.
Turmeric is another miracle spice that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for millenia, and now it is also being promoted in the West as a natural remedy for many health problems. In India turmeric is added to food and to hot drinks for its medicinal properties, to fight infections and to relieve inflammation. It is even rubbed on the skin to prevent and heal skin infections. It is also a great home remedy for sore throats.
Lemon adds vitamin C and has antiseptic properties. Honey is a natural sore throat remedy, antiseptic and soothing. Honey also adds sweetness to this spicy drink.
How to Make Ginger Turmeric Tea
First, I make the ginger infusion. I use a good few slices of fresh ginger root for each cup of water. It makes sense to make a larger amount of the ginger infusion and heat it up when you want to drink another cup, so that you only have to add the lemon juice and the honey.
(Note: If you can juice the ginger or make a ginger paste, you will get a much stronger drink! Then just add a little ginger juice or paste into hot water.)
I place the ginger slices in a pan with water, then I add a pinch of turmeric. An Indian friend told me that cooking the turmeric powder brings out its medicinal properties, so I boil the ginger and turmeric together. A pinch is enough – it has a strong flavor.
I bring the ginger, the turmeric and the water to boil and let it boil for a few minutes. I cover the pan and leave it to infuse for about 10 mins.
I add a little lemon juice and honey for each cup – don’t add lemon juice or honey into boiling water; this would destroy many of their medicinal properties.
I always drink this infusion hot, several cups a day if I have a cold or a throat infection. I usually make enough ginger & turmeric infusion for the whole day, and just heat it up and add the lemon and honey for each cup separately.