01/12/2014 12:45 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Turmeric Tea: Your New Winter Warmer

It's no secret that spices can contribute to a healthy body and mind. Turmeric (it's most commonly used in curries to add colour and flavour) is one of the most diverse.

Cup of turmeric tea spiced with pepper

It has been used to fight inflammation, improve brain function and treat depression - but it's also a brilliant spice to stock up on at this time of year.

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Why? Turmeric is warming and it can do wonders for those who really feel the cold during the winter months.

Kathy YL Chan, the resident tea expert at Into The Gloss, recently shared her recipe for making a turmeric paste which can be added to boiling water to make a tea.

You'll just need three teaspoons of turmeric (preferably organic) and around 57g of honey (Chan suggests using the raw stuff.) Then follow her instructions below.

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"With a spoon, mix the turmeric and honey together in a glass jar," says Chan. "For immediate enjoyment, stir a spoonful in one cup of boiling water. The rest will keep in a cool, dark place like your cupboard.

"For a sweeter taste, either add less turmeric or more honey," she adds. "For an extra kick, add grated ginger, a squeeze of lemon, and/or cracks of black pepper."

Now all you need is a fabulous tea set to go with it...