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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.
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.
How do you make ginger turmeric tea
- Add all of the ingredients (other than the honey) to a small saucepan or pot.
- Add in the filtered water and bring to a boil.
- Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Strain and serve with the honey. If you’re using black pepper or coconut oil, add when serving.
Tips for making ginger turmeric tea
- Use a pot that doesn’t stain easily. The pigment in the turmeric is really strong and can easily stain anything it touches!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Frequently asked questions
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
- ⅛ 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.