Ginger Tea

5 from 273 votes

This healthy Ginger Tea with tumeric and lemon only takes minutes to make and it's bursting full of anti-inflammation healing properties - perfect for the cold/flu season

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This fresh ginger tea is a warming hot drink that is easy to make with just a handful of natural ingredients. Fresh ginger tea comes together in minutes and is a wonderful pick-me-up that is loaded with health benefits. Plus, it’s free of refined sugars, and if you prefer your ginger tea cold, this recipe can be refrigerated and served iced later.

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If you’re seeking relief from a cold, a moment of relaxation, or a boost of healing properties, this tea has your back! Ginger tea is like sunshine in a cup, in color (thanks to turmeric) and flavor, a real pick me up! The flavors combined together wake up your senses and offer a burst of energy. 

I literally prepared this recipe last night and to actually run across this recipe means I’m on the right track. I heard this recipe supposed to help with inflammation so I bought all fresh ingredients I tried the drink after my shower surprisingly, it was really refreshing the ginger stood out the most. Will definitely prepare it again.” – Georgenette

Recipe at a glance

Cuisine Inspiration: American
Primary Cooking Method: Stovetop
Dietary Info: Vegan, Gluten Free
Key Flavor: Earthy, Spicy, and Citrusy
Skill Level: Easy


  • Soothing Blend: A yummy fusion of earthy ginger, zesty lemon, and turmeric that, when combined, offers a soothing hot or cold tea.
  • Health Benefits: Fresh ginger and turmeric offer anti-inflammatory, digestive, and antioxidant properties. Really beneficial when you’re sick, but just as great when you’re feeling tip-top. 
  • Customizable: Adjust the tea sweetness to your liking with honey, and enhance the absorption of turmeric with a pinch of freshly ground black pepper.
  • Easy Brewing: No fussy steps; simply simmer the ingredients for a few minutes until they’ve come together in a bright and soothing tea.

Ingredients you’ll Need to Make Ginger Tea

  • Ginger: Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory and is widely known to help ease an upset stomach. It helps to improve metabolism and works to lower your blood sugar.
  • Turmeric: This yellow spice is high in antioxidants. It has many scientifically proven benefits, including easing the symptoms of arthritis and heart disease.
  • Lemon: Fresh lemon juice is a great source of vitamin C which can reduce your risk of heart disease and strokes. It also protects against anemia.
  • Coconut oil (optional): Consider adding a splash of coconut oil for a creamy texture. This offers a great creamy dairy-free option and also adds a slight tropical touch.
  • Black pepper (optional): Black pepper aids the tumeric and helps with inflammation.
  • Ground Turmeric or Ginger: If fresh turmeric or Ginger isn’t available, substitute with 1-2 teaspoons of the ground version. Just like fresh, even ground turmeric is very vibrant in color and can easily stain.
  • Green Tea Blend: To create a ginger-turmeric green tea blend, add a green tea bag or two to the pot during the simmering process. Green tea is subtle in flavor so it shouldn’t alter the flavor.
  • Sweeteners: Honey is a wonderful natural sweetener and throat soother, but you can also use pure maple syrup, agave syrup, or a couple of drops of a liquid sweetener like stevia.
Ginger Turmeric Tea in two glass mugs

How to Make Fresh Ginger Tea

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a small saucepan or pot.
  2. Add in the filtered water and bring to a boil.
  3. Simmer, then strain.
  4. If you’re using black pepper or coconut oil, add when serving.
Three shots to show how to make the drink in a pan

“Love the tea early in the morning warms my soul and it is so feel good tea..good to know I’m putting all natural in my body and helping me to stay healthy..” – Brenda

Tips for Making the Best Ginger Turmeric Tea

  1. Use a pot that doesn’t stain easily. The pigment in the turmeric is really strong and can easily stain anything it touches!
  2. Add black pepper and coconut oil to improve turmeric’s benefits. Black pepper has a compound called piperine, which along with the fat from coconut oil, may help the body absorb the powerful curcumin chemical found in turmeric.
  3. Use fresh turmeric and ginger for the greatest health benefits. If you are in a pinch, you can use powdered, but by using fresh it helps the body to absorb the nutrients much more easily. I find the taste is better too.
  4. Drink this ginger turmeric tea as soon as you make it to get the most benefits. If you do have leftovers you can keep it covered in the fridge for 2 to 3 days and reheat it. It’s always best to drink it straight away, though.

What to serve with ginger tea

Honey being drizzled into Ginger Turmeric Tea

How to Store & Reheat Ginger Turmeric Tea

Transfer any leftover tea into a glass container with a sealable lid or a covered pitcher. Allow the tea to come to room temperature before refrigerating it. 

How long will ginger turmeric tea last in the fridge?

When stored properly in the fridge, ginger turmeric tea lasts up to 3 to 4 days. 

Can I freeze turmeric ginger tea?

This tea is best enjoyed fresh or refrigerated. If you plan on freezing, it’s best to do it in small portions. Let the tea come to room temperature and pour carefully into silicone or regular ice cube trays. Once frozen, place the cubes into a freezer-safe resealable bag. This will prevent the tea cubes from absorbing freezer odors. 

Reheating tea: When you’re ready to enjoy your tea, gently reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave. Heat until it’s steaming and not boiling.

Frequently asked questions

Is this actually a tea?

Technically, this isn’t a true tea. Teas are made with leaves from the camellia sinensis family of plants or tea leaves. However, the method is the same, where the ingredients are brewed in warm water to release their flavors.

How much turmeric tea can you drink each day?

Research suggests that it’s safe for adults to consume a teaspoon of turmeric every day, so you can have a cup of this warm tea every day. I find it’s a great mid-day pick-me-up, and I often swap it for my usual cup of coffee.

What does ginger turmeric tea taste like?

Turmeric has an earthy and bitter taste to it, but this is balanced out with the other ingredients. It’s zingy and tangy, thanks to the lemon and ginger. I like to add a teaspoon of honey to the tea for sweetness, but you can omit this if you prefer.

Can I use ginger powder and turmeric powder?

Yes, you can use ½ teaspoon of ginger powder or ½ teaspoon of turmeric, but I highly recommend using fresh instead if you can find it.

This soul-warming ginger tea is one of my favorite pick-me-ups! I love the zingy taste, and it’s one of those beverages that instantly makes you feel energized. If I feel a cold coming on, I always make some!

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Ginger Tea

This healthy Ginger Tea with tumeric and lemon only takes minutes to make and it's bursting full of anti-inflammation healing properties – perfect for the cold/flu season
5 from 273 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course Beverages
Calories 17
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
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  • 3-4 inch ginger root washed thinly sliced
  • 3-4 inch turmeric root washed thinly sliced
  • ½ lemon sliced
  • 8 cups water
  • honey optional
  • teaspoon black pepper optional
  • ½ tablespoon coconut oil optional


  • Place the sliced ginger, turmeric and lemon in a small saucepan. Add the water.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for 20-25 minutes to deepen the color. Strain and serve immediately with honey, if desired.


The nutrition label is for the tea only and does not include the optional honey, coconut oil, or black pepper.
Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. The ginger turmeric tea will last about 5 days in the fridge. You can reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave, or you can enjoy cold or iced.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However you can substitute ½ teaspoon of ginger powder or ½ teaspoon turmeric instead of using the fresh roots. I highly recommend using fresh though if possible.


Serving: 12oz, Calories: 17kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 0.3g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g, Sodium: 25mg, Potassium: 40mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 0.5g, Vitamin A: 3IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Beverages

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  1. Olta says:

    Very nice, très bon gout même sans miel

    1. Yumna says:

      Thank you!

  2. Christie says:

    Does the water need to be brought to a boil to extract the benefits? Wondering if I can just use the hot water from my coffee maker without the coffee.

    1. Yumna says:

      Yes, its needs to be brought to a boil to extract the flavor.

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