Ginger Turmeric Tea

5 from 170 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 170 votes
Servings 2 servings
Course Beverages
Calories 14
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins


  • 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.

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Honey being drizzled into Ginger Turmeric Tea

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  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.

  4. I was told by one of my customers..(I work retail and on my feet alot)
    That peach, ginger and turmeric tea was good to help with inflammation.
    Then I googled it and found your site.
    I was wondering your outlook on this?
    I bought some.. only used a couple days so far.
    My customer said she used a bit of honey instead of sugar..or sometimes just drinks as is..
    And she must make it in small quantities..because she also refrigerated for later..
    I have arthritis in my knee and I was told my hip wasn’t the best.. and was recommended replacement surgery.

    So anything that will help reduce this and keep me from surgery will be greatly welcomed!!

    Thank you..

    1. This recipe has great natural anti-inflammatory properties and is high in antioxidants, but I would definitely consult your primary physician in regards to your arthritis, and I wouldn’t use this tea as a replacement to prescribed medication.

  5. How often can you drink this recipe at the moment I’m using 4grm of ginger a day for arthritis I’ve heard good reviews for turmeric and ginger but not together

    1. I don’t think there’s a limit on how often you can drink this recipe! To be safe, I’d suggest you contact your primary physician about it.

  6. 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.

  7. The recipe says it takes 2 hours but the instructions say no more than ten minutes. I’m lost please help, thank you

  8. 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..

  9. I used fresh turmeric and ginger root! I strained it a put a little ice in it for a refreshing drink after my morning walk. Thank you for this recipe.

      1. I really enjoyed your recipes, as I am home from the hospital trying to reboot my liver . Thank you, most of your recipes I believe will help me, the turmeric lattes, teas, deserts I’m excited to embark on this journey as I’m home trying to heal daily.