Turmeric Ginger Spice Tea by Dr. Christie Smirl

During the cold and flu seasons many clients and friends are seeking natural ways to recover. Turmeric ginger spice tea is a blend of ingredients that Ayurvedic medicine uses to reduce symptoms related to the common cold and influenza. Symptoms such as fatigue, malaise, indigestion, aches and pains and congestion in the head, neck and chest region are related to accumulation of kapha and vata doshas.


  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ginger root – 5 nickle thin slices
  • Cinnamon- 1/8 teaspoon
  • Clove powder – 1/16 teaspoon
  • Fresh cracked black pepper – 1/16 teaspoon


  • Add 24 oz boiling water to ingredients, steep 5 minutes, stir and strain. May add lemon and honey once cooled enough to sip.
  • Repeat two to three times a day.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Take hot steam showers.
  • Eat healthy, light and clean.

Always consult a Nurse Practitioner, Ayurvedic Doctor or Primary Family Physician when feeling ill before starting any natural remedies. Note – turmeric can increase your risk of bleeding in certain conditions such as when taken concomitantly with Warfarin. Flu and common cold symptoms vary and Ayurveda also recommends special diet modifications for vata, pitta and kapha related imbalances.


Dr. Christie Smirl has over 25 years of medical experience. She completed a Doctorate of Ayurvedic Medicine from American University of Complimentary Medicine as well as Nurse Practitioner and Master of Science from Loma Linda University. Dr. Christie is also an E-RYT 500 Yoga Teacher Trainer YACEP, Reiki Master/Teacher, Tantric Energy Healer and Musician.

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