Turmeric is a very potent anti- inflammatory and a very powerful antioxidant. It is said to help ward off Alzheimers and reduce the risk of cancer. But don’t just start eating turmeric by the spoonful- it surely has some amazing properties, but I don’t think there’s one magic bullet that’s going to fix everything. It’s a whole orchestra of ingredients that will give you the most benefits.
Cinnamon is a spice that is made from the inner bark of trees called Cinnamomum. Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols and is a strong anti-inflammatory. Cinnamon increases sensitivity to the hormone insulin, it lowers blood sugar levels and has an anti-diabetic effect. Cinnamon has beneficial effects on neurodegenerative diseases. Two compounds found in cinnamon appear to inhibit the buildup of a protein called tau in the brain, which is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. Cinnamon has also been widely studied for its potential use in cancer prevention and treatment.
Ginger is among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.
Manuka honey, produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush, is one of the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the world. The curative properties of honey have been known to indigenous cultures for thousands of years, and dressing wounds with honey was common before the advent of antibiotics. New Zealand’s Maori were the first to identify the healing properties of manuka and some of their remedies and tonics are still used today. Manuka honey has an antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral component that sets it apart from other honeys. This activity is stable and doesn’t lose its potency when exposed to dilution, heat or light. Active manuka honey has stronger properties than regular manuka honey.
Which manuka honey to buy: The UMF grading system appraises natural markers found in Manuka honey, and assures purity & quality. To receive a UMF® grading, a honey must have the presence of DHA (dihydroxyacetone), Methylglyoxal, and Leptosperin. The UMF® rating is a measure of the attributes and values that make up Manuka honey, and assures purity & quality. The higher the grade, the more potent the honey.
Cloves are renowned for providing their uniquely warm, sweet and aromatic taste. Clove contains significant amounts of an active component called eugenol, which is responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties. Cloves are also an excellent source of manganese, a very good source of vitamin K and dietary fiber, and a good source of iron, magnesium, and calcium.
Known as a popular spice around the world, nutmeg also has antibacterial properties, alleviates pain, helps eliminate fatigue and stress and improves digestion.
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, chopped
- Pinch of ground cloves
- Pinch of nutmeg
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1-2 tsp manuka honey
- 2 -4 tbsp almond milk
- In a small pot, simmer water, ginger and spices for 10 minutes.
- Drain the liquid into a teapot, add almond milk and stir in honey. Enjoy hot.