Back when I had newly discovered my autoimmune issues and was still working out my diet, my uncle called me with an anti-inflammatory turmeric tea recipe that a friend had given him. After first trying it, I put it into heavy rotation in my tea routine. When I began the autoimmune protocol, I stopped making it because of the cayenne and pepper. Well, I was recently in Oregon and happened to visit my uncle, who made me the tea without both of those things, along with orange juice instead of honey – and it was still really good! It made my wonder why I stopped making it in the first place, and I felt compelled to share it with you all.
Two cautions: First, this recipe is Th2 stimulating because of the turmeric, so if your autoimmune disease is Th2 dominant you might want to be careful with this one (See this article for details). Second, powdered turmeric stains everything, so use it with caution – I always use the same container to make this tea because it gets stained.
Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Tea (adapted from my recipe over at Little Fig)
32 oz boiling water
1/2 Tbsp turmeric powder
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, thinly sliced
1 handful cilantro, chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 lemons, juiced
5 peppercorns, whole (if tolerated on AIP)
1 orange, juiced (or substitute 1 1/2 tbsp honey)
Put water on the stove to boil. Combine all ingredients in a strainer or teapot. Pour boiling water into the pot and steep for 10 minutes. Strain and enjoy!