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Healing Turmeric Tea

This healing Turmeric Tea is filled with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, lemon, immune boosting spices, and sweetened with a touch of honey. This spicy, sweet and comforting tea is used to halt a cold or speed up recovery.

Pouring honey into an anti inflammatory turmeric cup of tea on a metal tray

This healing turmeric tea is perfect for sipping on when you first feel a cold coming on.

I love using natural remedies when I'm beginning to feel a little off. Although I'm not opposed to using over the counter cold remedies and certainly do from time to time, there's something wonderfully comforting about drinking a hot mug of tea full of immune boosting ingredients.

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This certainly isn't a new tea recipe. In fact, you might even have a similar tea recipe using ginger, cinnamon, or turmeric of your own that you make and use.

With cold and flu season with us for a while longer, I thought it would be a good time to share my version of turmeric tea that I make and use all throughout the year.

Why This Recipe Works

  • This turmeric tea is delicious and easy to make.
  • The main ingredients in this detox tea are so good for you, let's take a look:
    • Ginger: Ginger has a long history of use in various forms of traditional and alternative medicine. It has been used to fight colds and the flu, to help with digestion and to reduce nausea. (Source)
    • Cinnamon: Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and can help the body fight infections. It has also been linked with reduced risk of heart disease. (Source)
    • Turmeric: Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. It's a powerful anti-inflammatory. Turmeric helps boost your immune system, can ease joint pain and is also good for digestion. (Source)
    • Optional add-ins are honey, lemon, and metabolism boosting cayenne pepper (Source).
  • You might enjoy drinking this tea as I do, once or twice a week. I seldom wait for a cold to drink it, I happen to love the way it tastes.

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See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

ginger, lemon juice, cinnamon and spices on a plate.

Expert Tips

  • You can double the ingredients in this recipe to make a larger batch.
  • It's always a good idea to check with your doctor before incorporating new foods and herbs into your diet.

How To Make This Recipe

  • Simmer the ingredients in a small saucepan.
a small pot filled with ginger and turmeric on a silver tray.
  • Pour the tea through a strainer into a mug.
  • Sweeten to taste with honey (optional).
pouring tea through a strainer and into a mug

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Only Ground Spices?

Yes, you can use ground ginger and ground cinnamon instead of whole. You will likely use slightly less, and you may be able to skip the straining step if the spices are ground very fine.

Can I Make A Pot Of Turmeric Tea In Advance And Store It In My Fridge?

Yes, you can! It is best if used within 2 days. To reheat, simmer over low heat on your stovetop.

Can I Sweeten This Tea With Anything Other Than Honey?

Yes, you might like to try maple syrup, nutrient-rich blackstrap molasses, or a touch of stevia.

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A mug of yellow tea made with turmeric on a tray next to a beige napkin.

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If you have any ingredients left over from this turmeric tea recipe you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving recipes:

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Turmeric Tea in a glass mug

Healing Turmeric Tea

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Main
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Salt
Keywords: tea
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 31kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 1-inch ginger root , peeled, rough chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional) , to taste


  • Place the ginger in a pot and fill with the water. Bring to a boil, then add the cinnamon stick and stir in the turmeric and cayenne pepper. 
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. 
  • Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.
  • Pour the tea through a strainer into a mug.
  • Sweeten to taste with honey (optional).


Expert Tips
  • You can double the ingredients in this recipe to make a larger batch.
  • It's always a good idea to check with your doctor before incorporating new foods and herbs into your diet.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 17.4mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 0.5mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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9 thoughts on “Healing Turmeric Tea”

  1. Billie. L McNeely

    I mix 3 teaspoons of turmeric and teaspoon each of cinnamon and ginger. I use a little half and half. And honey. It supposed to help loose belly fat. I take a teaspoon of the mix at a time.

  2. I am currently taking this combo without honey though and mine is to help reduce belly fat.
    I hope to start seeing significant result after 2 weeks.

  3. 5 stars
    Such a great way to get turmeric in. I’ve been on a turmeric kick lately so this is just what I need right now.

  4. 5 stars
    First of all, I love the color of this!! I like drinking ginger tea when I’m not feeling well and love the idea of adding cinnamon and turmeric, too. This looks both beneficial and enjoyable!

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