Chamomile & Turmeric Evening Tea

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It was soon a year ago that we crammed Elsa, baby Isac, ourselves, our backpacks and a pram into a tiny campervan and drove around New Zealand. Our memories of green mountains, turquoise volcanic lakes, enchanted forests, star-filled nights and sheep-covered fields are still vivid. Campervan life wasn’t super comfortable and our cooking wasn’t extravagant but it was the trip of a life time.

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We made this tea part of our evening routine while we were driving around the chillier south island of New Zealand. It was the perfect way to end the day after having driven for hours, taken mountain hikes and played on the windy sand beaches. Sitting on wobbly plastic chairs next to the car, watching the sunset and drinking this warm and soothing evening tea before going to bed. Oh happy memories!

And with the first snow starting to fall here in Scandinavia, we have now begun making that tea again. Unfortunately our view isn’t that amazing here in our Stockholm apartment, but we close our eyes, take a sip and pretend that we have lush mountains behind our backs and a wild ocean dancing in front of us.

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Warm chamomile tea with honey is indeed a good sleep-aid. Chamomile is calming and honey is anti-bacterial. We kept a huge jar New Zealand Manuka with us in the van and it felt like such a luxury. Active Manuka honey is known for its medicinal properties. If you can’t find it or afford it, choose another unheated quality honey. Coconut oil is a true super food with a long list of health benefits, add it to your daily routine and always choose a cold pressed quality oil. It gives tea a round and rich consistency and leaves you more satisfied. It can however feel a little oily and unusual if you are not used to it, so I recommend starting with a little less. Turmeric, ginger and cinnamon add great flavour as well as immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. Try adding a little black pepper, the black pepper helps to enhance the bioavailability of curcumin in turmeric by a thousand times.

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Chamomile & Turmeric Evening Tea
Serves 4

2 cups drinking water
2 tbsp dried chamomile in a tea bag or 2 chamomile tea sachets (organic if possible)
1-3 tsp cold-pressed coconut oil
1 1/2 cup unsweetened plant milk of choice
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
(a pinch of black pepper, optional)
1 tbsp raw honey (Manuka honey if possible) or more to taste

Bring water to a boil in a sauce pan. Turn off the heat, then add chamomile and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Discard the chamomile. Now stir in milk, coconut oil, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, (black pepper) and honey. Taste and add more honey, coconut oil or spices if you prefer. Re-heat on low heat if needed. Enjoy!

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  • Ines
    Just made this. Damn, I love you guys. Tea is ACE!!!!
  • I am allergic to coconut. What can I use as a substitute, if anything ?
  • I add that chamomile is generally considered a safe herb for anyone, including during pregnancy, but in very rare cases it can cause an allergic reaction
  • Louise
    I have been making golden milk which us what this is and never thought of adding chamomile. I add everything else there but use my coconut oil in my smoothies. I can attest to the mixture of golden milk gor my inflammation of arthritis, Fibromyalgia and on top if it tge chamomile cab sooth a belly disharmony. Thanks FOR THE idea
  • Lori
    I've always heard that if you add any kind of sugar, the turmeric won't work as a antinflamitory ?
    • Hi, Lori. I'm not an expert nor am I in the medical field in any way, but I have been reading up a lot on turmeric because of my interest in the use and benefits of turmeric and ginger in teas. I have not come across anything saying that sugar (in any form) will reduce turmeric's anti-inflammatory benefits.The only mentions of sugar and turmeric together in the same sentence have been to praise the ability of curcumin (turmeric's primary polyphenol) to regulate blood sugar levels. Anyone else out there read or heard any negative reports on the use of sugar with turmeric?
  • Stephanie
    I literally just came across your site while looking for vegan websites and as I put your blog into bloglovin', I saw the post about this chamomile turmeric tea. I had just finish drinking chamomile tea (loose leaf) when I decided to try it your way and I love it!!! I didn't use coconut oil (I'll add that tomorrow) and I use hemp milk which was so delicious and warming. I'm going to sleep like a baby tonight. I also love the photography and the beautiful mug you used! I've already fallen in love with your website! Blessings x
  • Your photos are stunning. Love it! Admire your invention and creativity... From Poland with love ;-)

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