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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Goji Ginger Turmeric Detox Tea // via Linda Wagner

I don’t know if it’s the relentless cold weather or what but I’ve not been feeling 100%. I really crave my time outside, preferably in the warm sun and that’s just not happening at the moment. The colder weather has also left me craving some heavier, starchier foods and felt like I was getting a little “puffy” and needed a little something to set me right again.

I decided to make a variation of my favorite Ginger Turmeric Detox Tea. The ingredients pack a powerful punch and act as an anti-inflammatory, anti-infective, antioxidant, lymph system cleanser and more! In this variation I’ve omitted the cayenne and substituted goji berries instead. The goji berries turn it the most vibrant color of orange and also make it taste DIVINE! You could keep the cayenne if you want, but I prefer this recipe without it. This detox tea works like a charm every time to get my body back on track and feeling great! It’s wonderful for water weight and puffiness that comes from overindulging too!

Goji Ginger Turmeric Detox Tea // via Linda Wagner

I’ve already talked about how amazing Lemon Water is on it’s own but just look at the added benefits you get when adding ginger, turmeric, and goji berries!

Ginger:

  • Ovarian Cancer Treatment: Ginger may be powerful weapon in the treatment of ovarian cancer. A study conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger powder induces cell death in all ovarian cancer cells to which it was applied.
  • Colon Cancer Prevention: A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.
  • Morning Sickness: A review of several studies has concluded that ginger is just as effective as vitamin B6 in the treatment of morning sickness.
  • Motion Sickness Remedy: Ginger has been shown to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness.
  • Reduces Pain and Inflammation: One study showed that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller.
  • Heartburn Relief: Ginger has long been used as a natural heartburn remedy. It is most often taken in the form of tea for this purpose.
  • Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment: Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Many people also find ginger to be helpful in the case of stomach flus or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects ginger has upon the digestive tract.
  • Migraine Relief: Research has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.
  • Menstrual Cramp Relief: In Chinese medicine, ginger tea with brown sugar is used in the treatment of menstrual cramps. (source)

Goji Ginger Turmeric Detox Tea // via Linda Wagner

Turmeric:

  • It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent.
  • When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
  • Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
  • May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.
  • Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
  • Is a natural liver detoxifier.
  • May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
  • May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
  • It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
  • Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
  • Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
  • May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
  • Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
  • Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
  • Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
  • May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions. (source)

Goji Ginger Turmeric Detox Tea // via Linda Wagner

Goji Berries:

  • Cancer Prevention: One of the best benefits of brightly colored berries, like goji berries, is that they contain high levels of antioxidants which are extremely effective in fighting cancer. When you eat goji berries, the antioxidants seek out and remove cancer causing free radicals in the blood.
  • Heart Disease and Cholesterol: Another benefit that the antioxidants they provide is that they lower bad cholesterol levels and protect the heart from disease. Goji berries also contain fiber and higher fiber consumption has been linked with a lower risk of high cholesterol and heart attack.
  • Anti-Aging: Slowing the aging process can be achieved by eating certain types of foods and the antioxidants contained within goji berries have been linked with wrinkle reduction and slower aging. Also, longevity may be increased because of the disease and illness prevention that naturally occurs when antioxidants are consumed.
  • Eye Health: Goji berries contain vitamin A, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene, all of which have been associated with healthier eyes. These compounds protect your eyesight, and they also prevent certain eye conditions such as macular degeneration.
  • Better Sleep: Regular consumption of goji berries can help to improve sleep. If you are suffering from insomnia, try eating goji berries on a daily basis and your sleep patterns will likely improve.
  • Stress Relief: Research has found that goji berries may relieve stress and promote a sense of calm, happiness, and well-being by reducing the amount of cortisol released in the body during periods of stress. (source)

Goji Ginger Turmeric Detox Tea // via Linda Wagner

You’ll need:

In a large blender add about a quart (32 ounces) of water and your goji berries. Let sit for several hours until the goji berries are plump and hydrated. I usually do this the night before. Just fill the blender with water and add the goji berries. I’ll let it sit on the counter or in the fridge overnight. The exact amount of water is not important. Just that the goji berries have time to absorb the water and become soft.  Then blend the mixture well and then pour through a nut milk bag or a paint straining bag into a large 80 ounce pitcher. You can get 1 gallon paint straining bags, 2 for $2 at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot. Squeeze the remaining liquid through the bag and voilà, you are left with gorgeous goji juice!! Alternately, you could use a mesh strainer but I’ve found the nut milk/paint straining bags to be much more effective. My directions make it sound a lot more complicated than it is, but believe me, it takes just minutes!

Then, in a juicer, juice your ginger root, turmeric, and lemons. I recommend using Breville brand juicers. I love Breville because they are easy to use, easy to clean, and great quality!

In your large pitcher

 add the ginger+turmeric+lemon juice, goji juice, and enough water to fill. Then add stevia to taste. Mix well with a wooden spoon and adjust flavors as needed. Let sit for about 10 mins before serving to let the flavors blend. Will last about 5 days in the fridge.

**If you are using powder ingredients only, you’ll want to prepare the herbs as you would loose leaf tea. Boil hot water and add to the powders and let sit until room temp. Then add your lemon, goji juice, and stevia to taste.

You can enjoy your Goji Detox Tea at room temperature or over ice. This tea is sweet, tangy and slightly spicy! It always helps me “get back to normal” after travelling or going off my diet. I tend to get puffy and retain water and this tea helps flush out my lymphatic system and reduce swelling. I absolutely love it and I hope you do too!

If you can’t find fresh turmeric root or ginger root at your local health food store or Asian Market, you can purchase them in powder form through iherb.com – use my discount code WAG472 to get $5 OFF your first order + free shipping on orders of $20 or more!!

Goji Ginger Turmeric Detox Tea // via Linda Wagner

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Goji Detox Tea
 
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This detox tea works like a charm every time to get my body back on track and feeling great! It's wonderful for water weight and puffiness that comes from overindulging too!
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Ingredients
  • 3 inch knob of ginger (or substitute 3 Tbs ginger powder)
  • 3 inch piece of turmeric root (or substitute 3 Tbs turmeric powder)
  • ½ cup goji berries (or substitute 3 Tbs goji powder)
  • 6 small lemons
  • 2 tsps stevia powder
  • 80 ounces purified water
Instructions
  1. In a large blender add about a quart (32 ounces) of water and your goji berries. Let sit for several hours until the goji berries are plump and hydrated. I usually do this the night before. Just fill the blender with water and add the goji berries. I'll let it sit on the counter or in the fridge overnight. The exact amount of water is not important. Just that the goji berries have time to absorb the water and become soft. Then blend the mixture well and then pour through a nut milk bag or a paint straining bag into a large 80 ounce pitcher. You can get 1 gallon paint straining bags, 2 for $2 at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot. Squeeze the remaining liquid through the bag and voilà, you are left with goji juice!! Alternately, you could use a mesh strainer but I've found the nut milk/paint straining bags to be much more effective. The directions make it sound a lot more complicated than it is, but believe me, it takes just minutes!
  2. In a juicer, juice your ginger root, turmeric, and lemons. I recommend using Breville brand juicers. I love Breville because they are easy to use, easy to clean, and great quality!
  3. In your large pitcher add the ginger+turmeric+lemon juice, goji juice, and enough water to fill. Then add stevia to taste. Mix well with a wooden spoon and adjust flavors as needed. Let sit for about 10 mins before serving to let the flavors blend. Will last about 5 days in the fridge.
  4. **If you are using powder ingredients only, you'll want to prepare the herbs as you would loose leaf tea. Boil hot water and add to the powders and let sit until room temp. Then add your lemon, goji juice, and stevia to taste.
  5. You can enjoy your Goji Detox Tea at room temperature or over ice. This tea is sweet, tangy and slightly spicy! It always helps me “get back to normal” after travelling or going off my diet. I tend to get puffy and retain water and this tea helps flush out my lymphatic system and reduce swelling. I absolutely love it and I hope you do too!
  6. If you can’t find fresh turmeric root or ginger root at your local health food store or Asian Market, you can purchase them in powder form through iherb.com – use my discount code WAG472 to get $5 OFF your first order + free shipping on orders of $20 or more!!

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23 Responses to “Goji Detox Tea”

  1. Britt February 9, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

    Are you just supposed to do this once?

    • Linda February 13, 2014 at 3:25 am #

      you can drink several glasses daily! Enjoy!

  2. Kathy April 12, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

    When you say juice the lemons – are you juicing the skins? That sounds intense!! But this also sounds pretty wonderful.

    • Linda April 14, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

      I peel the lemons first but you can leave them on if you like. There are great health benefits but it will be very bitter! I hope that helps!

      • Joni April 16, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

        If you use powdered ginger and turmeric do you strain the juice after steeping it?

        • Linda April 21, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

          You can strain or if you let the liquid sit for about 30mins, the powders will naturally fall to the bottom.

  3. Harry April 21, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    I tried this recipe over the weekend and it tasted great. The ginger was a bit too strong for me and so I had to dilute it to make it right. I have now made enough goji tea to last me a week. 🙂
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  4. Vee October 27, 2014 at 12:34 am #

    Could you do this in a blender? I don’t have a juicer yet. 🙁

    • Linda October 27, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

      absolutely! Just strain it 🙂

  5. Allison December 11, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    Do you use yellow or white turmeric?

    • Linda December 18, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

      yellow turmeric, I’ve not heard of white turmeric before!!

  6. Lina Schmidt via Facebook June 1, 2015 at 10:15 pm #

    Good info nih Mbak LinaPeter Jorgensen ikutan share ya.. ada yg buat menstruation cramp. Biar aku bs ada di timeline ku..

  7. Amy Sass via Facebook June 2, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

    like the idea with goji!!!

  8. Melissa August 27, 2015 at 11:21 pm #

    So good!

  9. Juan Trotman via Facebook October 29, 2015 at 8:02 am #

    This is so good for you and it tastes delicious.

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