Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Tea

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.

 

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Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Tea
 
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adapted from my recipe over at Little Fig )
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 32 oz boiling water
  • ½ 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 1½ tbsp honey)
Instructions
  1. 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!

Comments

  1. says

    I must say that this tea is surprisingly good!… I didn’t put in the orange juice or the honey… and I used coconut oil and a bit of ghee instead of the olive oil..
    good tea to sip on during the day…
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • says

      In theory, yes, if you know that Th2 stimulants affect you negatively (caffeine, green tea, turmeric, etc) I would not use it. If you don’t know if you react to those things, I might try it and take it slow to see your reaction. My autoimmune conditions are th1 dominant, but too much th2 stimulation can sometimes make me feel worse. Hope it helps :)

      • says

        In that case, it might be more correct to warn people with Th2 dominant symptoms of turmeric, rather than those with Th1 (as you state in your “Warning” paragraph). The way it’s currently stated it sounds like Th1 dominant people should avoid the Th2 stimulating turmeric – which, if I understand the theory correctly, is the wrong way around, or not?

  2. M. says

    So thankful to hear these things as I alone feel these things happening with a lot of “healing foods”, astalgus, just tried synergy drink the fermented drink,,gave me a fever and severe fatigue everytime I tried it…I am intrigued to figure all this out…so blessed and thankful to find you all…I have traveled this road alone as I have not met a practitioner or anyone else I know that react to foods herbs vitamins ets like I do…I seem sensitive to everything…………
    Namaste
    M.

  3. Chelsey says

    I just made this for the first time… the flavors are so lovely together. Here’s to hoping it might also help with some symptoms. Thank you, Mickey! : )

  4. Vee says

    Are the Th1 and Th2 dominance factors solely for autoimmune thyroid conditions or do knowledgeable docs test for these in all autoimmune conditions? Mine is liver-related and I’ve not seen these tested for me. Thanks for any reply from someone who knows.

    • says

      No – the imbalance is present in many autoimmune conditions. Not a lot of doctors test for the levels, and they have been shown not that useful for treatment. I think it is good to know by feel, how the different compounds affect you and your particular body. Just be aware of how immune stimulants affect you! :)

  5. Kim says

    Do you drink the full 32oz in one day, or is this meant to give you some to have for several days?

  6. Sara says

    I just found this from a link on The Paleo Mom site. I have psoriasis (Th1) and chronic sinusitis (Th2) and am confused as to whether I should try this tea or not since it might aggravate sinusitis. Your thoughts?

    • says

      Sara,
      I can’t really tell you either way – the immune system can be very tricky. Do you react to turmeric? If not, I would try some in a small quantity first, to see if it is ok for you – just like any other reintroduction.

    • says

      Jane,
      I have tried it with fresh turmeric, and I am afraid it is not as potent, even with a fair amount! You can give it a try though!

      Mickey

    • says

      Jessyca,
      I know garlic is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, but I have never heard that it is immune stimulating. Do you have any articles I could look at to back up your claims?

      As far as I have read and experienced, garlic does not contribute to AI flares, but I could be wrong!

  7. Holly says

    Is there a type of tea you recommend that you can get at your local coffee shop? I am new to this and can’t seem to find an answer to this question. I can find which not to drink but not which to drink.

    Thanks!

    • says

      Holly,
      I usually go for chammomile, but you will want to check the ingredients to make sure nothing else is lurking. Some people react to green or black teas, others are fine. You will have to test some things to see what you are sensitive to!

      Mickey

  8. Shawnee says

    This recipe kind of scares me when it comes to the ingredients (Not a huge fan of the taste of Turmeric). But where someone commented “my joints were singing instead of whining” makes me hopeful and it’s seems worth the try. Reading the comments scare me even more. I have just been recently diagnosed to the early stages of Rheumatoid Arthritis and I am having a hard time changing my life around, but the cookbook has been the best help so far, so I am saving this recipe!

    • says

      Shawnee,
      Some people feel really good eating turmeric, others not so much–it is an immune stimulant. I think the best line of defense is to eat an allergen-free, nourishing diet and if you find things like turmeric that work to manage inflammation, you can include them, but know that they don’t work for everyone!

      Good luck!

      Mickey

  9. Louise says

    This tea helps me so much with my hashimotos, I feel like my glands calm down and my symptoms ease! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  10. Sarah says

    Thank you so much for sharing!! I love this recipe!! Love love love it! My swelling has gone down, and I know this sounds crazy, but my exzema was better too. I woke up and looked in the mirror and almost cried bc I wasn’t red and swollen and angry looking. Thank you!

  11. nelydia melrose says

    I added 2 screw pine leaves to the tea. I took a sniff and the tea smelled like a spa, so warm so comforting. thanks for the great recipe :)

  12. Freda Edwards says

    My blood level for Rhuematoid arthritis is elevated and I wanted to know if this will help me see long term benefits. and Do you think that drinking coffee worsens my conditions.? I do have joint stiffness some mornings.

    • says

      Hi Freda, I have no way of telling if the diet will help you, but a lot of us with autoimmune issues find that we learn a lot from pinpointing our food sensitivities. Coffee is one of them for some people. Good luck!

      Mickey

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  1. […] Sugary indulgences and too much booze make a body acidic, and an acidic body is more prone to inflammation, pain, and degenerative conditions. To restore alkalinity, drink an 8 ounce glass of hot water with the juice from a 1/2 a lemon first thing in the morning (especially if you’re overindulged the night before. In that case, add some grated ginger root for additional detox). You can also add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to help rev up your metabolism and strengthen immunity. This is especially good if you stayed out too late and are hungover, as this drink is cleansing for the liver. Don’t hit the coffee too hard–it’s very acidic. Stick to green tea or coconut water (both good for hangovers!). I love this turmeric tea for detox and as an anti-inflammatory after too much booze. […]

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