Turmeric and Ginger are my two favorite herbs to use for general health function and prevention of so many health problems. Turmeric’s effects are greatly improved with ginger and black ground pepper as well as some fat, such as coconut oil (since some say it is fat soluble). The fat and pepper increases their bioavailability of the two herbs considerably when used together (I have read, up to 2000 times more bioavailability.)
They are both great anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal/bacterial. Some of the benefits of each are below. Turmeric has even been shown to be more effective than 14 prescription drugs.
Instructions for Turmeric and Ginger Tea:
- - Peel the Ginger or Turmeric root with spoon or peeler
- - Cut into small pieces, place in pot of water
- - Boil water, then simmer for 20 minutes
- - The first batch can be very peppery depending on the ratio of water to ginger that you use.
- You can also add cinnamon, mint, or honey for taste.
If you are using ground powder Turmeric, then just add that to your cup, not in the pot. Then you add the black ground pepper or the coconut oil, or just eat a tablespoon of the coconut oil first (this has many benefits in itself). I continue adding water to the pot with ginger in it, until it becomes clear, getting the most from the root. This is usually about a week or so of a few cups a day.
Ginger root can be found in most supermarkets Ground Ginger Powder can be found here:Starwest Botanicals Ginger Root Powder Organic, 1-Pound
Turmeric Root can be found in many health food markets or purchased here:Fresh Yellow Turmeric Root - 1lb
Turmeric Powder can be found here:Starwest Botanicals Organic Turmeric Root Powder - 1 lbs
Some of the Benefits of Ginger:
Ginger can help to calm a nervous or upset stomach, has a calming effect, can help promote general healing while starving off disease, improve digestion by aiding in the breakdown of proteins and fats helping to prevents gas and food buildup, can help lower blood pressure, ease morning sickness, nausea and vomiting, help lower cholesterol, help with type 2 diabetics, reduce cancer risk, blood thinner that protects against stroke and blood clots, helps prevent and relieve cold and flu, can relieve severe joint and muscle pain, relieve menstrual pain, PMS and PMDD, reduce headaches, migraines, promote kidney health and more.
Some of the Benefits of Turmeric:
A common healing herb in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine, studies have revealed over 600 potential preventive and therapeutic applications as well as 175 distinct beneficial physiological effects. Some of the benefits include help to relieve depression, reduce cholesterol, clogged arteries, fights autoimmune disease, helps prevent and overcome dementia and Alzheimer’s, defeats insulin resistance melting away body fat, has anti-cancer properties, prevents pre-mature aging, prevents diabetes, can help regenerate the liver, boosts immunity, helps relieve cold and flu, is a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, treats Candida, and skin problems such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, dark circles, and much more.
Turmeric Versus Medication and Drugs
Turmeric also compares favorably to a variety of conventional medications including, Lipitor/Atorvastatin (cholesterol medication), Corticosteroids (steroid meds), Prozac/ Fluoxetine, Imipramine (antidepressants), Aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, oxaliplatin (chemo drug), Metformin (diabetes drug) (source - healthimpactnews.com/2013/science-confirms-turmeric-as-effective-as-14-drugs/)