Turmeric Skin Tea

This spicy brew is my newest tea obsession. I've talked about the effects of antioxidants and spices on our skin many times, you can read more about the effects of those here and here. This tea is not only healthy and anti-aging, but also super comforting, especially now that the weather is turning colder, and all is once again covered by darkness here in Scandinavia. 

Of all super spices, turmeric is one of the absolute best ones when it comes to skin and health in general. It has cancer fighting properties, it is anti-inflammatory and has been shown to decrease wrinkles in skin. I always eat turmeric with black pepper, because piperin massively increases the absorption and bioavailability of curcumin (the active component of turmeric). Also, fats, like f.ex coconut oil help turmeric absorption. 

For this tea recipe that fills one large teapot, I use 3-4 slices of fresh ginger, Söstrene grenes liquorice tea which contains anis seeds and orange peel, 2 teaspoons turmeric, 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves. If you want you can mix in 1 teaspoon of coconut oil as well for extra effect and comfort. Pour boiling hot water over all ingredients and let it steep for 10-15 minutes or more. Then sit back, and feel yourself become healthier sip by sip. 

This is also great if you suffer from chronic diseases due to its anti-inflammatory properties, but be careful if you suffer from dyspepsia or stomach ulcers. For everyone else, try to make a pot everyday, it is not as time or temperature sensitive as green tea, so it can easily be enjoyed through the course of a whole day or night.