How To Make Turmeric Tea

Turmeric Tea
October 2, 2023

How To Make Turmeric Tea

Spicy, warming and immune-boosting turmeric tea has become an integral part of our household. I make this healthy, healing drink for myself, usually after dinner or before bed. This easy recipe comes together in just 5 minutes with just 5 pantry and spice cabinet staples, meaning it’s easy to make even when you’re feeling down.

About the recipe for turmeric tea

Although I have long been a fan of turmeric milk (also known as golden milk), I have recently develops a slight intolerance to dairy products. So I started mixing turmeric with water and other spices to make this simple homemade tea.

Simply put, turmeric tea is a type of herbal tea make from ground turmeric root or fresh turmeric root and some black pepper, with or without additional spices, healthy fats and sweeteners.

Like I said, I make this turmeric tea often. The ingredients I add suit me, but the recipe should be seen as a template rather than a law. Feel free to alternate the other herbs and spices depending on your body constitution and preferences.

An Ayurvedic version of this tea also involves adding some healthy fats (like ghee or coconut oil). Fat contributes to better absorption of turmeric.

In general, fats also support the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. If you like, you can also add a little ghee, coconut oil, sesame oil, avocado oil or olive oil to golden tea.

This tea is not only very tasty and nutritious, but also:

Made in less than 5 minutes. It’s quick and easy, so there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a cup of tea every day!
Naturally vegan. Unlike Golden Milk, this spicy ginger turmeric tea is make with just water. It is light and refreshing rather than rich and creamy.
Uses only 5 ingredients. I can almost guarantee that you already have all the necessary components in your spice cabinet. But feel free to leave out any spices you don’t have, except black pepper and of course turmeric.
Naturally sweetened with raw sugar. You don’t need to sweeten this tea, but adding some raw sugar makes it a little more enjoyable.

About turmeric

Turmeric has been use in India for centuries. These bright yellow roots are add to a variety of recipes and are often use in Ayurvedic medicines. Turmeric is a staple spice find in all Indian kitchens.

The health benefits of turmeric are enhance by cooking. That is why it is always heat in Indian recipes. Even a brief exposure to heat increases the bioavailability of curcumin, the compound responsible for this root’s bright yellow color and antioxidant properties.

I always use ground organic turmeric or GI marked turmeric because some packaged turmeric has methanyl yellow added as a dye. Whenever possible, make sure you use unadulterated turmeric so you can reap all of its health benefits without any weird, potentially toxic ingredients. How To Make Turmeric Tea.

The benefits of turmeric and other spices

As you may have guessed, this turmeric tea is not only beautiful and delicious. It’s also very good for you! The ingredients I use in my homemade tea recipe are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, among other health benefits.


Curcumin is a naturally occurring compound in turmeric that has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It strengthens the immune system, supports brain function and is also good for the skin. You can add fresh turmeric roots or ground turmeric powder to the recipe.

Black pepper

Black pepper helps the body absorb curcumin. It also stimulates appetite, aids digestion, can help maintain stable blood sugar levels, and has its own antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Ceylon Cinnamon

Aromatic Ceylon cinnamon has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It is also good for boosting immunity, maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, lowering bad cholesterol and providing a wide range of important nutrients such as beta-carotene. Note that true cinnamon or Ceylon cinnamon has greater health benefits than cassia cinnamon.


Ginger contains gingerol, which has tremendous anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Also ginger aids digestion, relieves nausea and soothes coughs and colds. You can use either fresh ginger or ground ginger powder in the recipe.

Why is my turmeric tea red?

When we think of turmeric, the color yellow is the first color that comes to mind.

Why does this turmeric tea turn deep red?

cinnamon and ginger make the water alkaline. When turmeric is add to an alkaline medium, it turns red. Cool, right? But don’t worry about the color. The tea is still good and turmeric is better for digestion and absorption when heated for a shorter time. That’s why we always heat turmeric in the Indian kitchen. I also made this recipe for turmeric tea without ginger, cinnamon and sugar and the color was yellow.

How To Make Turmeric Tea

This easy ginger turmeric tea recipe comes together in no time. That’s how it works. The recipe makes 1 cup, but you can scale it accordingly.

1. Add 1 cup of water to a saucepan.

2. Add ½ to 1 tablespoon raw, unrefined sugar. You can also use cane sugar or maple syrup or skip the sweetener altogether.

3. Boil the water and add ⅛ teaspoon of ground ginger (also called dried ginger powder). Half a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger or ground ginger can be use instead.

4. Then add ⅛ teaspoon of ground Ceylon cinnamon (also known as true cinnamon powder, not cassia cinnamon powder).

5. Add ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.

6. Add ½ teaspoon ground turmeric (turmeric powder). If using fresh ginger, add about 1 to 1.5 inches of the peeled and grated root. If you want you can also add less ground turmeric powder.

7. Continue cooking for another minute or two. If you added grated turmeric root, cook it for 5 minutes.

8. Remove the pot and pour the tea into a cup or mug. If you want, you can strain the tea as you pour it. Enjoy turmeric tea warm or hot.

Can I drink turmeric tea in the evening?

Absolutely! The recipe described is caffeine-free and therefore a delicious bedtime treat. If you want to spoil it, pair it with shortbread cookies for dessert.


If you are pregnant, allergic to certain herbs used in this recipe, or have any special medical conditions, consult your doctor before trying this recipe.

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