Friday, December 21, 2007

Ginger and Turmeric: Marriage Made In Heaven

Here we are in the midst of the holiday season that won't officially be over till January 2, 2008.
Then the longest, most grueling part of winter begins and spring cannot arrive soon enough.

To keep warm and toasty on cold damp days, make a daily cup or thermos of Ginger and Turmeric Tea. Other than a roaring fire, nothing will warm you up and detoxify you quicker . Ginger's warming effect on our physiology has been documented for nearly 5000 years.

One caveat, however, do not boil the ginger tea with the maple syrup in it. Put the gift of the tree in last, otherwise you can create 'Ama' or internal toxins. Use fresh, not powdered ginger. More than likely it has been irradiated. Get your organic Turmeric from a health food store and put it is soup, stews, rice, whole grains, bean dishes, smoothies, or anything you wish. In addition, ginger and turmeric are powerful anti inflammatory and will quell your arthritis pain. Pineapple contains compounds that relieve inflammation, so also make pineapple part of your diet. Unless, of coarse, you dig pain.

Turmeric, a free-radical-fighting antioxidant-rich curry spice has been hailed as a defense against both cancer and Alzheimer’s. India has the lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world.

This tasty recipe is for a warming, detoxifying ginger-turmeric tea. After the holiday season, we could use some detoxing and healing!
It’s delicious! Ginger and turmeric combine with citrus and maple syrup creates the perfect blend of healing nutrients.

2 cups water, 1 tsp. grated, fresh ginger, 1 tsp teaspoon powdered turmeric, 1 tbs real maple syrup, Juice of 1/2 lemon
1. Bring water to a boil, then add herbs. Simmer for 10 minutes.
2. Strain tea into a mug, add maple syrup and lemon, stirring to combine. Drink warm.
Makes 1 serving.

The Gifts of the Universe Rock!
Chef Wendell

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