My birthday is just around the corner. I know that not because of the date on the calendar, but because of the way my joints mimic the sound of one of my favorite childhood breakfast cereals when I get out of bed — Snap! Crackle! Pop!
I’ve decided that my birthday gift to myself is to take better care of my body and my health. Like many folks my age, I’ve been prescribed a variety of pills and potions to alleviate joint pain.
A healthy, natural remedy for joint pain is this flavorful recipe for Ginger and Turmeric Tea. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that has been known to aid digestion and relieve nausea. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which boasts amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Apple cider vinegar is often used to relieve joint pain by rubbing it directly on the sore muscle or joint. Those who drink it typically mix it with water and honey to help with the sour taste, while others simply take a tablespoon full. Cayenne stimulates circulation, boosts metabolism, naturally relieves pain and can have an alkalizing effect in the body.
GINGER AND TURMERIC TEA
1 tablespoon fresh grated turmeric, packed, or 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger, packed, or 1/2 teaspoon ground
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, or 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2-3 teaspoons honey, stevia or maple syrup, to taste
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or 1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper
3 cups water
1. To a small saucepan, add turmeric, ginger, vinegar, stevia, honey or maple syrup, cayenne or black pepper, and water.
2. Bring to a simmer (do not boil) over medium to medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, cover and let the tea steep for a minute.
3. Set a small strainer over serving glasses and divide between two mugs. If the tea is too strong for you, dilute with more hot/warm water. Store (strained) leftovers in the refrigerator up to 2-3 days. Reheat until warm, do not boil. Serves 2.