Amidst the coronavirus outbreak, we may be looking for natural ways to support our immune system currently. Turmeric & Ginger roots are powerful herbs with antiviral properties, often used to bolster a robust immune system.
Most people reach for these ingredients at the first sign of the sniffles, but they can also be used to keep your defenses up and preventatively to boost immunity. Ginger warms your body and, just like turmeric, has anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric is also a natural antibiotic. The lemon juice in this tea is detoxifying, purifies your blood, and increases your digestive fire (Agni).
Ginger is moist and dry simultaneously and is known as a universal medicine benefitting everybody and all diseases. Especially useful for Vata disorders, this is one of Ayurveda’s best go-to spices. When using Ginger, think digestion, lungs, and circulation—all Vata problems.
With its pungent and sweet taste, Ginger helps in the secretion of digestive enzymes and warms your digestive system, increasing digestive fire (Agni). Also useful in nausea, particularly travel-sickness, stomach gripping, gas bloating – it has a specific action against Shigella bacteria and E. Coli .
Ginger is excellent when used in menstrual cramps as it regulates Vata in the lower abdomen. It also is an anti-inflammatory, despite its warm energy. It has the qualities of being able to cool and warm and benefit the reproductive system.
Ginger has a unique effect (prabhava). Its post-digestive quality is sweet, which means its long-term effect is nourishing and anti-inflammatory, while its initial effect is stimulating and warm for digestion. That’s good news for anyone that has inflammatory and digestive problems.
[Also Read: Ginger for Inflammation]
Ginger has Gingerol, a substance with potent medicinal properties. It has been used to reduce nausea, aid digestion, and help fight the common cold and flu, to name a few.
Ginger appears to be greatly effective against nausea, relieving vomiting and nausea after surgery, and cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. But it may be the most powerful when it comes to pregnancy-related nausea, like morning sickness.
Ginger is useful against exercise-induced muscle pain. In one research, consuming two grams of Ginger per day for eleven days significantly reduced muscle pain in elbow exercises. Ginger doesn’t have an instant effect but may effectively lessen the day-to-day progression of muscle pain.
These effects are known to be mediated by anti-inflammatory effects.
Of late, science has started to back up what the Indians have known for a long time; turmeric has medicinal value compounds. Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties .
[Read: Benefits of Turmeric]
Inflammation is incredibly critical. It helps your body battle
Foreign invaders and also has a function in repairing the damage. Although short-term (acute) inflammation is beneficial, it can become a significant problem when chronic (long-term) and inappropriately deployed against the body’s tissues.
It is now proven that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a significant role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes cancer, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s, and various degenerative conditions.
It turns out that curcumin is effectively anti-inflammatory; it is so potent that studies show it matches some anti-inflammatory drugs’ effectiveness.
Immune Boosting Ginger Turmeric Tea
- 1 tbsp. grated GingerGinger
- 1 tbsp. grated turmeric
- zest from one organic lemon
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- dash cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp. crushed garlic
- 1/4 cup Manuka honey
Steps to Prepare:
- Prepare all ingredients and then combine everything in a small container (that has a lid).
- Mix until everything is blended well.
- Add one tsp. of the immunity paste to freshly squeezed juice or warm water for an immunity-boosting and delicious drink. Enjoy!
If pouring into hot water, allow the water to cool a bit, so all of the honey’s benefits stay intact.
How Do You Make Ginger Turmeric Tea?
You’re going to require an airtight container so you can store your paste in the fridge. If you love using mason jars and making a single recipe, use them; if you double it, you’ll use them. Store the paste for up to ten days in your refrigerator (very convenient).
Then into the jar, combine freshly grated turmeric (if you can’t find fresh, you can sub in dried), fresh GingerGinger, lemon zest, black pepper, and Manuka honey.
Now that’s the base recipe, but when you want to take this immunity booster to the next level, also add a dash of cayenne and 1 tsp of crushed garlic. These ingredients are optional, but we do recommend them if you want to kick this immunity booster into top gear.
As for the honey, Manuka honey is a fantastic thing. It’s sweet, super thick, and creamy, but more importantly, it has up to four times more nutrient density than normal floral honey. Just a couple of teaspoons daily will help boost your body’s immunity and keep your gut healthy (which is where our immunity thrives).
Mix all of them well, and your Ginger Turmeric Tea is ready to sip!
Enjoy this tea, either cold or hot. If you prefer hot, add 1 or 2 teaspoons in the bottom of a mug and add little warm water. Ensure the water is warm and not boiling because we want to keep all of the advantages of the ingredients intact.
If you want it cold, stir a teaspoon or two into your favorite fresh-pressed juice. We love the way it mixes into a glass of orange juice. Very delicious!
Make this home remedy when you’re fighting a cold or feeling sick. It’s excellent to relieve a sore throat and calm a cough or need something cozy to sip on.