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Nice to meet you, Sally.
Sally Boughtflower is the manager of WALL's customer service team, ensuring that your experience with us is as personal and as helpful as possible. She also knows how to get rid of a nasty cold!
Now that the dark nights and chilly weather have arrived it is a good idea to think about protecting yourself from colds, aches and pains and gloomy moods. A warm cup of turmeric tea is full of antioxidants and anti inflammatory qualities to ward off nasty bugs and reduce the symptoms of arthritis and stiff joints. For those of you who are unfamiliar with turmeric, it is a member of the ginger family and looks similar to root ginger with its knobbly exterior and bright orange flesh. It is full of iron and vitamin B6, and is also known for its mood enhancing qualities, its ability to lower cholesterol and to aid the healing process.
To make turmeric tea, grate an inch of turmeric or, lacking fresh turmeric, add a teaspoon of the grounded spice to a cup of boiling water and leave to brew for at least 5 minutes. You can choose to add some black pepper as this will help your body to absorb the qualities of the tea.
If you prefer, you can replace the boiling water for warm milk. I choose water as it helps to flush toxins from your liver and enhances your complexion.
If you should succumb to a cold or sore throat this winter, turmeric should help to reduce mucus and its anti inflammatory qualities are great for relieving a sore throat. And should you over do things during the party season, the antioxidants can offer a handy cure for a hangover!