Turmeric Root Tea
Brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
Known as ‘the Spice of Life’ in its native India, as well as many other countries, Turmeric is often consumed in dishes such as Indian curries and soups. Perhaps less commonly, however, it can also be equally delicious when brewed as a delicious cup of ‘tea’! Although our Turmeric Root Tea does not contain any leaves from the Camellia Sinensis plant. This herbal tea can be dated back thousands of years, now with modern-day scientific studies since establishing the many health benefits of Turmeric when combating common ailments. If that wasn’t enough, it also tastes great!
Turmeric’s botanical name is Curcuma longa. The plant itself, meanwhile, grows to be three to four feet tall, with large green leaves and a rhizome, the latter of which is, in fact, the ‘root’. It can often be found thriving in forests across Southern Asia, including India, Indonesia, and Indochina, as well as reaching as far as some Pacific Islands, including Hawaii,
The earliest known consumption of Turmeric Root Tea can be dated back over 4,500 years. Excavations conducted in New Delhi have recently discovered pots containing residue from turmeric, ginger, and garlic from as early as 2,500BCE! Approximately 2,000 years later, in 500BCE, Turmeric became an integral part of ancient Ayurvedic Medicine. Within this practice, inhaling fumes from burning turmeric was said to alleviate congestion, while juice made from the Turmeric rhizome was also used to heal minor wounds and bruises. It was called by many different names during this time; and even today, the Sanskrit language has over 55 terms for the Turmeric herb!
Within the Western Hemisphere, particularly Europe, Turmeric was not quite as popular as its cousin herb, Ginger (or, ‘Zingiber officinale’) when consumed in dishes or for its medicinal properties.
For many centuries, Turmeric was known as ‘Indian saffron’ within the English language. It would not be until the early 1900’s that European and North American herbalists began to take an active interest in this amazing herb. Germany, in particular, played a vital role in the 1920’s with intricate research providing further insight into what was then considered a relatively insignificant herb.
In recent years alone, Turmeric’s popularity has soared as further research is conducted, and more is learned about how it can provide countless health benefits. When consumed in ‘tea’-form, Turmeric retains both its delicious flavour, as well as its age-old beneficial properties.
Type of Tea: Herbal Tea.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
How to Serve: This beverage is best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: While the aroma of this brew boasts strong and spicy, if slightly earthy notes reminiscent of delicious Indian curry, its flavour is surprisingly subtle! Enjoy a tingling sensation on the roof of your mouth as it's warm, delightful liquid settles your stomach after large meals.
Colour in Cup: Golden-orange liquor, dark in tone.
Benefits of Turmeric: Traditionally, Turmeric Root Tea was used as part of Ayurvedic (and occasionally Unani) Medicine to combat a number of different every-day ailments. Today, little has changed aside from the fact that modern science has since been able to support many of these age-old claims.
For example, studies have been conducted to examine Turmeric Root’s potential when fighting the early signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. India is among a number of Asian countries to have some of the world’s lowest rates of this debilitating condition, which is, in some part, credited to the nationwide consumption of Turmeric. While further research is, without a doubt, required before any official confirmation is made, early results have indicated a significant correlation between frequent Turmeric consumption and the overall improvement of patients suffering from the early signs of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Extracts of Turmeric have been found to contain a number of natural agents that block the formation of beta-amyloid, the substance responsible for the plaques that gradually obstruct cerebral function in Alzheimer’s Disease. We, however, strongly urge you to contact a Doctor or other medical professional before carrying this out.
Further to this, Turmeric Herbal Tea is known to have anti-inflammatory properties, and is a great choice for anyone suffering from arthritis. Meanwhile, on a separate note, the residents of the Japanese islands of Okinawa, home to the world’s longest average lifespan of 81.2 years, are frequent consumers of Turmeric Tea.
Health PointsFlu, Immune System
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayAfternoon, Evening