Ginger and Turmeric tea as a herbal remedy.

by Reena Goundar

Robitussin and Tylenol cough syrup are the number one recommended and used medicine for the common cold today. Every person that you ask will most likely recommend one or the other. The common cold goes around every year and we have yet to find a cure for it. It seems to mutate from year to year and still we do not seem to know what causes it or how to avoid it entirely.

I was raised in the Islands where herbal and tradition medicine is very common. There are many traditional remedies that sometimes are just passed down from generation to generation. Sometimes these are just old fork tale that do not work at all and are just done because the grandma's are so used to making it and making sure that everyone around them does it too. But on the other hand there are some remedies that are old and have no scientific backing but they work every time. We have one in our family that has been around for decades. We make a ginger and turmeric tea that is used to treat cough and a sore throat.

This is how we make it:

Ingredients
Water
Two tablespoon of grounded Ginger
Half Cup of Milk
Two teaspoon of Sugar
Half teaspoon of Turmeric Powder

Bring water to a boil
Pour in the ginger
Continue boiling for 5 to 8 minutes in low heat
Pour in a milk
Bring to a boil
Pour in sugar and Turmeric Powder
Boil for another 3 minutes
Let stand for 5 minutes
Strain the tea and drink

Try to drink the tea as hot as possible because it doesn't work as well if you let it cool down to room temperature.

The ginger and turmeric powder kills the germs (we have been told) and helps to relieve the sore throat. This should be taken in the morning and evening. Many Indian people swear by it as a herbal remedy to relieve sore throat and cough. There is an Article on ehow.com that talks about the pain relieving properties of using ginger and turmeric powder as herbal pain reliever. It talks about how it has been used by Indians for centuries and has many compounds that make it a potent painkiller and anti-inflammatory.

The article is at http://www.ehow.com/how_4425536_use-turmeric-as-painkiller.html

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