Ginger and turmeric belong to the family of zingiberaecea. Both are herbs and are used as spices too. Both grow green leaves on top and their roots contain rhizomes, which lend the unique aroma and flavour to these herbs.
Both ginger and turmeric, separately and together, are used in culinary and medicinal fields. Ginger contains vitamins B1,2,3,5,6,9, C and E. It has minerals like potassium, calcium, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc. Turmeric also contains the minerals and vitamins found in ginger. Besides, turmeric has a unique polyphenol, curcumin, which is known for its cancer-inhibiting properties. Ginger contains gingerols, which have excellent anti-inflammatory properties.
How to make ginger-turmeric tea?
When both these herbs are so potent, it is only wise on our part to derive the benefits by clubbing them both. A ginger-turmeric tea is one of the easiest and best ways to combine both these spices. To make it, take small pieces of ginger and turmeric, remove the peels, crush them and add to boiling water and allow the liquid to simmer for 5-8 minutes. Then, strain the liquid, add a few drops of lemon and mix half-a-teaspoon of honey. For an extra punch, you may add a little of finely-ground pepper powder.
Now, let us look at the health benefits that ginger-turmeric tea has on offer , for all of us:
Relieves cold, cough, sorethroat and congestion:
Down with that flu? Or, are you bothered by sore throat? Then, make a hot-cut of ginger-turmeric tea and sip it in a relaxed way. To get fast relief from symptoms, just add very little amounts of black pepper powder.
You may have this tea twice during sickness. Having anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, both ginger and turmeric help in warding off respiratory problems.
Regular intake of this tea enhances the body’s immunity levels and thus, seasonal ailments hardly bother such a person.
Arthritis and joint pain:
Again, ginger-turmeric combination would come to your rescue. Ginger’s gingerols and turmeric’s curcumin have anti-inflammatory properties. These help to reduce the pain and swelling in the joints. Arthritic patients should regularly consume this tea instead of the usual black tea.
Topically, a paste made out of ginger-turmeric can be applied on the inflamed joint. Let it dry and then wash it off with warm water. This would bring relief from pain and stiffness in the joints.
A hot cup of ginger-turmeric tea will help you counter the ill-effects of a heavy meal or the subsequent indigestion. Turmeric has anti-flatulent properties. Being anti-microbial, this tea works on the stomach and intestines to get rid of toxins and harmful bacteria.
Start your day with a glass of hot ginger-turmeric tea. This will help you in smooth and regular bowel movements. Thus, a healthy stomach throughout the day, keeps you in good spirits.
Overcome mental disorders:
Research suggests that regular intake of turmeric, in small quantities, acts as an insurance against mental ailments like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Similarly, experiments on mice with ginger extracts revealed that it reduced symptoms of mental disorders by reducing neurotoxicity.
Hence, ginger and turmeric, in minimum quantities, offer protection to our mental faculties.
Protection against cancer:
As is well known, turmeric’s curcumin is known to prevent cancers like multiple myeloma, pancreatic and breast cancer. Turmeric extracts, in lab experiments, helped in killing cancer cells and inhibited further proliferation of these cells. Similarly, regular intake of ginger was found to prevent cancers of the rectum and colon.
Hence, regular intake of these two herbs in the form of a delicious tea is one great step towards better health.
A word of caution:
Stick to the dosage recommended by the doctor. For patients with some ailments, a ginger-turmeric tea may not be suitable.