Sundala Health Ayurvedic Turmeric Tea Product Review
Posted on 11 July 2016 by Vanessa King
I had been meaning to try Sundala Health Ayurvedic Turmeric Tea for some time but it was one of those things on the 'to do' list – a list that never ends. I finally got around to it and have to confess that the delicious mixture of organic herbs including turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and cardamom is addictive.
Turmeric tea is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy for coughs, colds and sore throats and has had a recent resurgence in popularity. I have made it previously with just water, ground turmeric, honey and lemon which tasted okay but didn't quite entice me to make it regularly.
The directions are easy to follow and I enjoyed inhaling the aroma as I was making the paste. It makes a good amount too so there's no excuse not to have Ayurvedic Turmeric Tea at least once a day. I used rice milk to make my tea but I'm sure any other kind of milk would be just as nice. The turmeric paste blended quickly with the milk and when you have it at the temperature you want, add the coconut oil or ghee and a dash of honey or sweetener of choice as per directions. I used organic coconut oil and honey and just stirred it with a wooden spoon. There were a few oil droplets on the top of the drink but it doesn't make it taste any different. The directions suggested using a stick blender to emulsify the ingredients, but I haven't tried this as it really doesn't bother me.
I was inhaling the vapour too as I was drinking it and my nose started running. Then the next morning I woke up without a stuffy nose for the first time in absolutely ages. The same thing happened the second night and again I woke up without being stuffy. Coincidence? I don't think so, Leonie has since told me this is because of the circulation stimulating qualities of these herbs, so it seems like a good thing.
A little about Turmeric
Turmeric is from the ginger family and was first used as a dye. It's commonly used as a spice in curries and as a colouring agent in mustards. In some countries the leaves of the turmeric plant are also used to wrap and cook food. Both the leaves and the root have an earthy, peppery, slightly bitter taste. Used in Ayurvedic medicine for indigestion, turmeric increases production of the enzymes needed to digest fats and sugars. It is also used for sore throat, common cold, liver ailments and topically on wounds as it has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Recent research has shown other benefits such as turmeric being a natural anti-inflammatory, a pain killer, an aid to relaxation and helping to fight depression. It is also believed to boost the immune system while sleeping. Further studies are being carried out to prove the effects of turmeric against a raft of diseases including arthritis, cardiovascular disease, alzheimers, diabetes, kidney disease and cancer.
But what about the other ingredients used in this delicious drink?
I have done a little research on the Ayurvedic herbs in this drink and have found some interesting information about each of these ingredients. Long pepper is said to help to protect the liver from toxicity and is also used to reduce blood glucose levels in diabetics. Rosehips are high in vitamin C and are used as a stomach tonic for some intestinal diseases. Ginger belongs to the same family as turmeric and cardamom, it is used to help with nausea and also arthritic pain. Black pepper improves the bioavailablity of the active constituent curcumin in turmeric, which means that your body absorbs this it more easily, without this you would need to consume heaps of turmeric – so much in fact that no-one probably would.
Coconut oil and ghee are both known for their ability to improve absorption of nutrients and amino acids – essential for a healthy gut. Honey is a natural antibiotic, often used for wound healing but also for coughs and throat irritations amongst other uses. Cinnamon is antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral. There have been some recent studies that have suggested that cinnamon can improve motor function and cognitive function. Cinnamon encourages circulation therefore helping with cramps and is believed to be useful in lowering cholesterol ... and it tastes good.
Cardamom has a peppery, citrusy flavour and is well known as a digestive aid. Historically, it has been used to help with everything from bad breath and mouth ulcers, to constipation, coughs and bronchitis. Cardamom has been touted as a powerful aphrodisiac – all the more reason to try this delicious Ayurvedic Turmeric Tea every night; you might get more than a good nights sleep!
Sundala Health Ayurvedic Turmeric Tea will become a nightly ritual just for the taste alone, but I'm really glad of all the other benefits. There's been a lot of hype about curcumin which is the active ingredient of Turmeric and what it can do for your health – the shorter version would be what it can't do!
About The Author
Vanessa is a mum and a nanna with a keen interest in natural and organic products, healthy eating and alternative medicines. Her mission is to convert her family and she’s already having some success with her grandchildren who love to use her organic essential oils and homeopathic remedies. When she’s not working, Vanessa is often in the kitchen cooking up bulk quantities of favourite healthy foods or trying out new recipes. She spends some time every day in the garden and loves reading crime thrillers and listening to music.
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