The summertime heat weighs down upon us, in late September, and we think that surely there is relief on the way. Without air conditioning (shudder), we sweat and wait for relief, feeling inflammation form deep in our cells until we end up balloon-like, with fingers that feel like giant sausage links. Refreshment is in order, particularly the kind of refreshment that takes just a bit of relief off those sausage fingers. If scorching heat is building inflammation from the outside, we can try to fight it from the inside. This is a power-drink for just such times. In fact, turmeric may help you with a lot more than summer swelter. The anti-inflammatory properties may help you fight many ailments (as I outline here on turmeric uses and research).
I’ve written about iced turmeric tea (here) and keep a strong turmeric tea base in the refrigerator and frozen fruit in the freezer that makes this drink almost instant.
Start with a strong turmeric infusion like I outline in the iced golden tea post (here). Add fruit and a bit of water to achieve the texture you’re seeking. Tropical fruit is exceptional in this drink. My favorite is a combination of mango and pineapple. The flavors blend very well with the tea base.
Feel free to skip the honey and add more fruit. I keep a sweetened base around just for flexibility purposes.
With either dried or fresh root, your process is basically the same:
Blend well. (Garnish with mint to be fancy.)
This is one that the kids ask for repeatedly. It also works on the sausage fingers. 😉
Turmeric tea in many new flavor combinations
Turmeric for black eyes, bruising, and swelling
Key tip for eating (and drinking) turmeric (aka “You’re eating your turmeric *all wrong*!!!”) plus recipes
Turmeric powder – How to make your own turmeric powder using a traditional approach from India (and a quality test for the turmeric powder in your cupboard)
A turmeric smoothie with a flavor-enhancing pro tip ;)
Iced Golden Tea: Build Your Brain and Heart With Our New Refreshing Beverage
Ras el hanout, a Moroccan spice mix that you will treasure in your spice cabinet
An anti-inflammatory golden tea, ready for your office, ready for the road