Turmeric and ginger tea may also help relieve symptoms of depression and boost your mood. Various compounds in both turmeric and ginger have a positive effect on the mind and can help stimulate neurotransmitters associated with feelings of pleasure and happiness.
Curcumin has been shown to stimulate the brain to naturally produce more dopamineand serotonin. These chemicals that the brain produces have an antidepressant effect. A study from 2008 reported that curcumin is “useful and potent natural anti-depressant approach in the management of depression.”
Also, ginger has an anti-inflammatory effect on the brain due to a compound called geraniol. This helps to protect the brain from stress and is important in the treatment of depression.
Drinking turmeric and ginger tea for depression combines the anti-inflammatory effect of both herbs and help turmeric to stimulate natural mood-enhancing chemicals.
Turmeric and Ginger Tea Recipes
It is very easy to make a therapeutic turmeric ginger tea to start enjoying all its health benefits and give your health a well-needed boost.
The recipe for turmeric and ginger tea is as follows:
You will need:
1 teaspoon fresh grated turmeric root (or, if using dried turmeric, 1/3 teaspoon).
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger root (or, 1/3 teaspoon of dried ginger).
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper (to aid turmeric absorption).
Raw honey and a slice of lemon to taste.
To make the turmeric ginger tea, prepare it as follows:
In a small saucepan, bring a cup of water to the boil. Turn off the heat and add the ginger and turmeric.
Steep with the lid on for 5 minutes (covering with a lid prevents the oils and medicinal compounds escaping through the steam).
Strain the tea remedy and add some honey when the tea has cooled down (as excessive heat will destroy the benefits of honey).
Add the black pepper and stir well.
Enjoy your anti-inflammatory turmeric and ginger tea.
Alternatively, to increase curcumin absorption, you can add a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil instead of the black pepper, as oil too aids in turmeric absorption.
Turmeric tea recipe
If you want to make a simple quick cup of turmeric tea, this is what you should do:
Put 1-2 teaspoon of fresh turmeric root or 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder in a cup.
Fill with boiling water, cover and let infuse for 5 minutes.
Add 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.
Add raw honey and lemon to taste when the tea has cooled down.
Drink a cup a day to help reduce inflammation.
You can also try the recipe of the popular “turmeric golden milk” – a healthy and delicious Ayurvedic drink that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Ginger tea recipe
Similarly, you can make a cup of ginger tea to help reduce inflammation and stimulate your immune system. Ginger tea on its own has many health benefits to relieve symptoms of cold, flu, or other upper respiratory infection.
To make a delicious ginger tea, follow the recipe for turmeric tea, but replace the turmeric with ginger. You can also leave out the black pepper.
How Heat Affects Turmeric and Ginger
Many people believe that consuming turmeric and ginger in their raw form retains the most health benefits of these herbs. However studies have shown that when curcumin is heated for a short period of time, certain compounds that are not readily available in its fresh form are released. You can get all the details and studies including how to use turmeric and black pepper when cooking in my article about this subject.
Similarly to turmeric, research has also shown that short cooking increases the antioxidant levels of 6-gingerol in ginger – see more information in my article about the amazing benefits of cooked and dried ginger.
Precautions When Taking Turmeric and Ginger
Although turmeric and ginger are natural healing ingredients and are generally safe for normal consumption, the medicinal compounds can interfere with other medications.
You should seek medical advice before taking turmeric and ginger for medical use if you are taking certain medications or have some underlying health issue. You should avoid turmeric and ginger if:
You are taking medications to thin the blood or prevent blood clots.
You take medication for diabetes. However, if you control diabetes through diet only, then turmeric and ginger may help to control blood glucose levels.
You take medication for high blood pressure.
You have a tendency to suffer from gallstones and kidney stones.