Ginger Turmeric Tea

5 from 217 votes

This healthy Ginger Turmeric Tea 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 ginger turmeric tea is a warming hot drink that is easy to make with just a handful of natural ingredients. This healthy tea comes together in minutes and is a wonderful pick-me-up that is loaded with health benefits. Made with no added refined sugar, it’s perfect served warm or iced.

Honey being added to Ginger Turmeric Tea

Benefits of the tea ingredients

  • 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.
  • Honey (optional): Honey adds a natural sweetener to this drink. It can ease coughs and sore throats and is a natural antibacterial.
Ginger Turmeric Tea in two glass mugs

How do you make ginger turmeric tea

  1. Add all of the ingredients (other than the honey) to a small saucepan or pot.
  2. Add in the filtered water and bring to a boil.
  3. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Strain and serve with the honey. If you’re using black pepper or coconut oil, add when serving.
Three shots to show how to make the drink in a pan

Tips for making 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 leftover 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.
A glass of Ginger Turmeric Tea with a slice of lemon

Frequently asked questions

Is this actually a tea?

Technically, this isn’t a true tea. Teas are made with the 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 and 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 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 drink 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 Turmeric Tea

This healthy Ginger Turmeric Tea only takes minutes to make and it's bursting full of anti-inflammation healing properties – perfect for the cold/flu season
5 from 217 votes
Servings 2 servings
Course Beverages
Calories 14
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 inch ginger root washed thinly sliced
  • 2 inch turmeric root washed thinly sliced
  • ½ a lemon sliced plus more for serving
  • 6 cups filtered 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 filtered water.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for 5-10 minutes to deepen the color. Strain and serve immediately with honey, if desired.


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.


Calories: 14kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 37mg, Potassium: 66mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 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. Hi Ellen, I don’t see why you couldn’t. If you find that it is upsetting your stomach, then, of course, I would go back to one 8oz glass. Hope you enjoy!

  1. I want to use the black pepper and coconut oil in this recipe to get the most benefit from the tea.
    When is it best to add these?
    Should I simmer them with the ginger, turmeric and lemon? Or add them after the simmer is complete?
    The recipe isn’t clear about this.
    Thank you

  2. Thank you so much for sharing🙏 I was skeptic about the taste and both my wife and I enjoyed it very much! It helped her chest congestion and cough and it’s also helping me with inflammation I’ve picked up from an auto accident🙌🏼

  3. Thank you for the recipe. It is delicious and feels so good going down. My husband has had some chest/breathing problems and it actually has helped him.

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