I went to my boyfriend’s house this weekend and realized that after not seeing him for about a week, he had come down with a cold. We’re talking a nasty, phlegm-filled, runny nose type of cold. It’s not like I could just take off because the poor guy was sick, so of course I stayed accepting that I would likely have the same fate the next morning. After spending a day there, sure enough I woke up the next morning and had the same stuffy and runny nose.
While we were relaxing watching the hockey game, I had this ‘eureka’ moment where I remembered this recipe that I had been using for a couple of years that was given to me from his step-mom. I am about to reveal to you a recipe that will literally WIPE AWAY your entire cold. I know because this venture turned into somewhat of an experiment. I ended up making this tea and not telling my boyfriend what was going into it, I just said that it ‘would make him feel better.” He was desperate to rid the cold, so he took one sip and spit it out, repeating how he refused to drink it. The more for me, I thought.
This tea is not for the faint of heart. If you like the taste of ginger you’ll love it, but you have to be able to accept the taste of turmeric, which not many can do. Turmeric, according to a lot of research I’ve done, has a SLEW of health benefits. It has been linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s prevention, as well as helping people lose weight and improving the health of the liver.
The original recipe calls for 4 teaspoons of turmeric, which I think is a little insane as you can’t really taste anything else in the drink. Therefore, I have modified the recipe a little bit and lessened the turmeric intake, but feel free to add as much as your heart desires.
- 2 tsp Turmeric
- 2 tsp Ginger
- 1.5-2 tsp Cinnamon
- Pinch of black pepper
- 2 tsp raw honey
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (I used eggnog and it turned out delicious!)
- Boiling water
- Fill mug halfway with boiling water
- Add turmeric and ginger
- Cover and let steep for 10 minutes
- Stir in Cinnamon, black pepper and honey
- Fill rest of the mug with coconut milk
Since my boyfriend didn’t want his cup of tea, I drank mine that night and saved his for the next morning for myself. I haven’t felt better (for real though), and I’m pretty sure the cold I caught from him just decided to disappear. He is still really sick with his phlegm level at level 10 (absolutely, positively disgusting) and I’m sitting here cold-free. Maybe it wasn’t the whole turmeric tea by itself that did the trick, but I’d like to give atleast 90% credit to it!