By Ginger Yapp

Turmeric is a spice native to southeastern Asia that has been used for medicinal purposes in Indian and Chinese cultures for over 2,500 years. Turmeric--or Indian saffron--is derived from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, and has a peppery, buttery, warm flavor. The spice, which gives curry its yellow color, is said to lower the risk of cancer and Alzheimer's disease in addition to its benefit as an anti-inflammatory. Drinking turmeric tea, found in health food stores, is one way to get a daily dose of turmeric.

Turmeric tea

Step 1

Fill your teakettle with 4 cups of water.

Step 2

Boil the water on the stove inside the teakettle.

Step 3

Take the teakettle off the stove when it begins whistling.

Step 4

Fill your mug with water from the teakettle.

Step 5

Dunk a tea bag into the water, making sure that it gets fully submerged. Make sure to let the string and tag hang outside of the cup.

Step 6

Steep the tea bag for five minutes.

Step 7

Pull the tea bag out.

Step 8

Drink your turmeric tea.