Turmeric Milk Recipes and Health Benefits
Eat Well Dec. 4. 2014

Turmeric Tea

Dec. 4. 2014
McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

Turmeric Tea is a warming tea made of ginger root, orange, and turmeric. Turmeric tea benefits fighting inflammation.

Turmeric Tea is a lighter, more refreshing tea version of the famous Turmeric Milk that has taken our community by storm. I love how much you’ve all been enjoying it for a boost in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits all while tasting delicious.

Using similar concepts behind turmeric beverages, Turmeric Tea is a lighter, more refreshing version. It’s a simple herbal tea made with water, aromatic and warming spices like ginger, black pepper, optional cardamom, and of course the star ingredient turmeric to help reduce inflammation.

Turmeric Tea’s flavor is slightly sweet and earthy with a hint of spice. Even though I enjoy this year round, I find it even more enjoyable in the cooler months of the year.

Turmeric Tea Can Be A Great Coffee Alternative

Turmeric Tea offers a great start to your day or an afternoon boost thanks to its warming spices. If you’re wondering why you would want a coffee alternative like Turmeric Tea, then read up on this post about coffee. Check out my other favorite coffee alternatives below:

  • Teeccino – an amazing herbal coffee blend, no caffeine, and tastes/looks like coffee
  • Dandy Blend– an old classic herbal blend made with dandelion. You’re not only getting the flavor but dandelion has been used for detoxing the liver
  • Matcha green tea- try my recipe for a Matcha Tea Latte
  • 2 tablespoons maca powder in almond milk

Making Tea Can Be A Special Routine

I fell in love with tea, the routine of making and drinking tea, the flavors, varieties of nutrient and antioxidants found in teas, and the versatility. Some of my favorite teas were ones I discovered in local tea shops or by branching outside of my go-to, green tea.

You can enjoy Turmeric Tea most in the mid-morning after breakfast when you’re craving something warm or in the evening times. There are a couple ways to make this, so I was purposeful in making several variations for those of you who don’t have turmeric root or ground cinnamon readily available.

You have the option to use whole roots (ginger root, turmeric root, cinnamon stick, etc.) or the ground versions of these spices. If using the whole root version there’s an added bonus of re-steeping the tea just by adding more water and simmering again. Also see below for a way to make this tea for a holiday gift or to share for later.

Prep Ahead: Make Your Own Tea Bags

  1. In a very small bowl, mix 2.5 tablespoons ground turmeric, 1.5 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 4 tablespoons loose lemongrass tea, and 20 peppercorns along with ground black pepper. Stir to combine.
  2. Place 1 tablespoon of the mixture in a tea satchel.
  3. Brew as you would normal tea, and add fresh ginger root to the satchel right before brewing. Add in orange, and honey when steeping. An added bonus to making these ahead of time is you can give these away as gifts for the holidays with a cute tea mug!



The compound in turmeric that gives it its yellow hue is called curcumin, and this compound carries high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Powerful antioxidants like this can reduce the risk of diseases, including cancer.


One of turmeric’s most well-known and studied properties is its effects on inflammation. It’s been shown to reduce inflammation in the body, which could help reduce the risk of many chronic diseases—and these properties also come from the curcumin compound.

The Recipe

Serves 1-2



3-4 cups boiling water

1-inch fresh ginger root, sliced

2 teaspoon ground turmeric (or 1-inch turmeric root)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or 2-3 cinnamon sticks)

1 lemongrass tea bag

Ground black pepper

6 peppercorns, optional

Pinch of sea salt

TO SERVE: sliced oranges, honey, juice of 1 lemon


Version 1

In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil, add peeled and minced ginger root, turmeric, cinnamon (you may also add cinnamon sticks), peppercorns if desired, sliced oranges, sea salt.

Simmer for 10-15 minutes on medium-low heat. Add lemongrass tea bag if using- steep for 3 minutes and then take out.

Pour in a tea mug and serve with fresh lemon slices and honey as an optional sweetener.

Version 2

In a teapot, add all ingredients to make the tea, let it steep for 15 minutes, and serve.

Anytime you use ground turmeric, expect the ground turmeric to float in the tea, it’ll settle if you let it sit for about 5 minutes.

Pour in a tea mug and serve with fresh lemon slices and honey as an optional sweetener.

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