Lemons: known to reduce inflammation, reduce phlegm, it’s a toxin flushing diuretic, it’s anti-bacterial, aids with digestion, reduces respiratory symptoms (asthma), helps with headaches, reduces edema and bloating, reduces nausea, dizziness, helps with blood pressure, and a million other things. So really, even if you’re not making this tea, drinking lemon water is always a good thing to include in the day.
Ginger root: besides being an amazing anti-inflammatory agent, ginger also helps with digestion, reduces nausea, reduces joint & muscle pain, clears sinus flare-ups, aids with nutrient absorption, helps to fight physical and mental degeneration, helps with menstrual pain & cramps, an amazing immune-booster, and more…
Turmeric: a super anti-inflammatory food, an amazing immune-booster, and according to studies it’s an amazing superfood for those suffering from auto-immune disorders such as IBS, IBD, & Crohns, and UC, arthritis, and many other auto-immune conditions, & moreover it’s said to be an amazing cancer fighter. It’s a great anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, and I think I can really write an essay based on all the studies done on this curing root, but you get the idea 😉
Cinnamon: an amazing digestive aid, a blood sugar-lowering food, a candida fighter, an immune booster, an anti-oxidant, and anti-bacterial, an anti-fungal, virus fighter, and more.
Maple: ok, I didn’t include this one exactly for it’s healing properties 😉 …more for flavor. And yet, maple syrup does sport some good healing properties as well. It’s an anti-oxidant, an anti-inflammatory agent that is particularly helpful to those with IBD, and is full of vitamins and minerals too. Sure drinking gobs of maple syrup isn’t going to make anyone healthy… but I do personally consider it one of the healthier sweetener alternatives due to these factors (and the fact that it’s delicious helps 😉 ).
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY LEMON GINGER TURMERIC ICED TEA
Author: Audrey @ Unconventional Baker
PREP TIME: 5 MINS COOK/CHILL TIME: 15 MINS READY IN: 20 MINS
MAKES: 3-4 CUPS
1½ qt water
½ a lemon, sliced or rough chopped (or more to taste), rind included
1″ ginger root, rough chopped (or more to taste)
big dash of turmeric
big dash cinnamon
2 tbsp maple syrup (more or less to taste)
Fill a 2 quart pot about ¾ full with water. Add in all other ingredients and bring to a boil on the stove. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Then remove from heat and allow the drink to cool off. Strain into a glass jar.
Chill overnight in the fridge for an iced tea (or enjoy hot straight away)!