Becoming Grounded: Ginger Turmeric Lemon Tonic
Anyone else feel like they need a detox after Super Bowl Sunday? It’s great to have a little remedy trick up your sleeve for days like today and this is one of our favorites.
So, are you curious about what a tonic is because I was too. A tonic is a ‘medicinal substance taken to give a feeling of vigor or well-being.’ (source) Ingredients like turmeric and ginger have such amazing health benefits like improving digestion, reducing inflammation, treating high cholesterol and boosting cognition. Here is a great article that outlines the benefits in more detail! I started drinking this magical potion a few months back and I absolutely love how invigorating it is.
1 Tbsp fresh grated turmeric (packed // or 1/2 tsp ground, though fresh is best)
1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger (packed // or 1/2 tsp ground, though fresh is best)
1 whole lemon (juiced // ~3 Tbsp or 45 ml juice as original recipe is written // plus leftover rind)
1-2 tsp honey (we used Trader Joe’s Honeycomb Honey)
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional // or cracked black pepper which many readers have commented helps with the bioavailability of the turmeric!)
3 cups filtered water
To a small saucepan, add turmeric, ginger, lemon juice and leftover lemon rind, maple syrup (optional), cayenne (optional), and filtered water. I personally didn't think it needed any sweetener, but sweeten to taste.
Bring to a simmer (not a boil) over medium to medium-high heat (~3 minutes). Then turn off heat.
Set a small strainer over serving glasses and divide between two mugs. Enjoy. If the tonic is too potent for you, dilute with more hot/warm water.
Store (strained) leftovers in the refrigerator up to 2-3 days. Reheat on the stovetop until just warm.
We hope this ginger turmeric lemon tonic will give you the kick you need to jump into this new week feeling re-invigorated and ready to make some magic!