A Delicious and Easy Anti-Inflammatory Iced Tea Recipe
Have you ever thought about mixing dried herbs with fresh? I often see fun iced tea recipe ideas, only to discover the ingredients are either out of season, out of stock, or are just too much of a hassle. That’s what I ran into recently while making this anti-inflammatory iced tea!
Of course, that’s not the only challenge. The other comes down to, "What can I make it in?" IMHO, a French press is the easiest way to make this, and many other, wonderful teas. It’s perfect for diffusing, straining, and pouring!
Fortunately, as far as ingredients go, you can create a base blend using dried herbs. Then, spice it up by adding in the fresh ingredients when you are actually preparing the tea! This works whether it is iced or hot, during any season.
This particular anti-inflammatory iced tea recipe is simple, yet effective. It is also a great digestive tea that is surprisingly wonderful on a hot summer day. It is a variation of the ever-popular Turmeric Ginger tea and can be enjoyed year-round!
The Medicinal Qualities of Each Ingredient
- Turmeric: Most known for its ability to modulate inflammation
- Cinnamon: A tasty treat that also increases circulation in your digestion, making it useful for a variety of digestive complaints including indigestion, gas, and cramping
- Black pepper: As the ‘Black Gold’ among spices, black pepper is well known for supporting healthy digestion, especially with foods that are heavy such as red meats, and for its strength against diarrhea and gastrointestinal infections. Black pepper also boosts certain chemical compounds in turmeric.
- Ginger: One of my favorite fresh root herbs! While ginger is known to help with nausea, it also addresses issues such as bloating, gas, feeling heavy after meals (a food baby), constipation, and those who may also have cold hands and feet. A wonderful root to also add to your medicinal gardens!
- Honey: Most known for helping the immune system due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties
- Fresh Lemon: This herb (yes, it’s actually an herb!) boosts your immune system, while helping the digestive system and calming heartburn
The Art of Making this Anti-Inflammatory Iced Tea
What you’ll need:
- 1 pint-sized jar with the lid and band
- 1 French press
- Cheese grater of some kind
Dried Ingredients- in a pint-sized mason jar. Be sure the lid seals well.
- 1/4 cup organic ground turmeric
- 1/4 cup organic cinnamon powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper, to help you absorb the benefits of the turmeric
Fresh ingredients, enough for 4 cups of yummy goodness
- 1/4 cup freshly grated organic ginger (about a 4-inch piece)
- 2 tablespoons raw, organic honey
- 1 fresh lemon to juice for a strong lemony flavor, or use half of the lemon for a milder flavor
- 4 cups water
- Boil four cups of water in your tea kettle, no microwave!
- While your water is boiling, grate the fresh ginger and squeeze your lemon.
- From your jar of dried ingredients, add 1 tablespoon of the turmeric/cinnamon/black pepper mix
- Add four cups of boiled water to your French press, stir well, add the lid but do not plunge the strainer yet.
- Steep for 15-20 minutes.
- When timer goes off, strain mixture using the plunger and pour into your favorite pitcher.
- Add the lemon and honey to strained tea to dissolve
- Serve over ice and enjoy!
If there are any leftovers, be sure to store the tea in the refrigerator for another time. But, there may not be, as this anti-inflammatory iced tea is super delicious!If you want an even easier way to calm inflammation, check out this anti-inflammatory tea blend. Or, for digestive calming, this powder works wonders!
*For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. (Because why would we want to do that?)