Lower inflammation with this infusion of Chai inspired spices and heavy use of fresh turmeric root.
I’ve been living in Puerto Rico for the last 5 weeks so I can take care of family that needed me. While here I have taken the opportunity to learn about local Caribbean foods and farming. I am always very passionate about using local and organic ingredients when I can. The joy I find in connecting with the local farmers I buy my food from is just as much a part of the recipe as the ingredients themselves.
Turmeric grows locally in Puerto Rico, along with a lot of other very nourishing root vegetables. It is very orange and fragrant when fresh and has long been know as a natural anti-inflammatory. I purchased an entire pound of the beautiful, fragrant finger-like jewels from the Plaza Mercado (a local farmer’s market in San Juan).
As a part of my gluten-free yoga chick adventures in Puerto Rico, I found an Ashtanga yoga studio within walking distance from where I am staying in San Juan. It is a very rigorous practice of 73 positions that has been leaving me drenched in sweat and sore. In addition to practicing Ashtanga, I am walking a mile each way to the studio and still keeping up with my regular running routine. My hips hurt so good! I created this very potent turmeric tonic to ease inflammation in my muscles and joints from all of this movement my body is adjusting to.
As an experiment, I prepared a batch of this super potent turmeric infusion each morning and drank it throughout the day while continuing with my yoga and running routine. This turmeric tonic was super effective at relieving my aches and pains naturally. This recipe uses three times more turmeric than you normally see in other turmeric tea recipes. In my research I have not found any side effects to too much turmeric. I have learned that pepper is key to unlocking the turmeric’s superfood power, and also adds a nice spicy flavor.
For this recipe, try to find the freshest turmeric and ginger possible. My suggestion would be to go to a farmer’s market or natural food store where you know they are replenishing the items often. Look for plump roots with little or no wrinkling on the outer skin.
3 inches fresh turmeric root – Sliced with skin on
1 inch fresh ginger – Sliced with skin on
1 tsp cracked black peppercorn
1 cinnamon stick
3 cups filtered water
Place all ingredients in a small pot over medium high heat on a stovetop. Once it comes to a rolling boil, decrease the heat to low, bringing the liquid to a light simmer. Cover with a lid and continue to simmer for 12 minutes. Remove from heat and strain into an insulated carafe or other container.
Enjoy this super potent, yet tasty tonic plain or with your favorite milk (I like it with unsweetened coconut milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top). For the most medicinal benefits, sip the tea throughout the day.
I’m always interested in what you are doing. How do you use turmeric? What is your experience with Ashtanga yoga? I love creating a community and would love to hear your about your adventures in wellness. Please leave a comment or send me a message.
Have a beautiful day!