Turmeric Tea

Turmeric tea is a warm and soothing blend of ground turmeric, lemon juice, and honey. Similar to golden milk, turmeric tea provides good-for-you anti-inflammatory compounds that provide a range of health benefits. And it just tastes good!

Turmeric tea in a glass with lemon slices.

No matter the season, it always makes sense to wrap your hands around a warm cup of turmeric tea. The tea’s vibrant color comes from turmeric, the golden-hued ground spice that gives curry its signature color. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse that possesses many scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer.

I’ve added a healthy pinch of ground black pepper to this recipe which helps your body better absorb the curcumin, the powerful antioxidant found in turmeric. This tea is perfect for sipping any time of day, but it’s especially soothing right before bedtime.

Turmeric Tea Recipe Video

Want to see how easy it is to make this tea? Watch the video below! 


Turmeric is one of my go-to’s when I’m whipping up healthy smoothies and drinks like my jamu juice and turmeric smoothie. The flavor of this tea is milder than my jamu juice, making it a satisfying drink that you can enjoy all day long. Here’s what you need to make it:

  • Turmeric: I used ground turmeric here since it’s much easier to find and keep in my pantry.
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice lends a bright pop of citrus flavor.
  • Honey: I like my tea with a hint of sweetness. If you prefer, use maple syrup in its place.
  • Black Pepper: I added just a pinch since black pepper helps your body absorb the curcumin from the turmeric.

Can you use fresh turmeric instead of dried turmeric? Absolutely. Just grate about 1 1/2 teaspoons of fresh turmeric root.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below

Ingredients for making turmeric tea on a countertop.

The Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is terrific for anyone with autoimmune conditions (like me) due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that curcumin can help with certain autoimmune conditions by regulating inflammatory signals. Turmeric’s antioxidant ingredients also helps fight chronic inflammation which can diminish your immune system, making this tea a perfect addition to your wellness regimen during cold weather.

If you’re looking to boost brain health, turmeric encourages the growth of new neurons and may decrease cognitive decline. It may also slow down heart disease and aging (here’s to that!).

Turmeric tea ingredients in a pot.

How to Make Turmeric Tea

If you can boil water, you can make turmeric tea! Just a few simple steps and you’ll be sipping to good health.

  1. Add the water, turmeric, lemon juice, honey, and black pepper to a small pot, then whisk together.
  2. Heat on high just until the tea starts to boil. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Let the tea cool for a minute or two. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy.

How to Customize Your Tea

Once you’ve made your turmeric tea, have some fun with the recipe! I like to add a sprinkle of cinnamon, or make this a more robust tea by adding a bag of chamomile or green tea to the pot while it simmers.

During cooler weather, I’ll add a cinnamon stick for more toasty spice flavor. Try swapping the lemon juice for freshly squeezed orange juice and a pinch of ground cloves. For a fall treat, I use maple syrup instead of honey and add a dash of freshly ground nutmeg. So many options to keep it fun and interesting!

Turmeric tea in a glass with honey and lemon slices in the background.

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Turmeric tea in a glass with honey and lemon slices in the background.

Easy Turmeric Tea

4.94 from 46 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
A simple blend of turmeric, lemon juice, honey, and black pepper. This antioxidant powerhouse will give you an immunity boost any time of the year. Watch how I make it in the video above!


  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoon raw honey


  • In a small pot, add water, turmeric, lemon juice, and black pepper. Whisk together and heat over high heat. When the tea just starts to boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
    Turmeric tea ingredients simmering in a pot.
  • Once the tea is finished simmering, turn off the heat, add the honey, and let the tea cool for a minute or two.
    Pouring honey into the pot with turmeric tea.
  • Pour the tea into a mug through a strainer to remove the black pepper and enjoy.
    Straining the turmeric tea into a glass.


Calories: 27kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 13mg, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 7mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: turmeric drink, turmeric tea, wellness tea
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131 comments on “Turmeric Tea”

  1. So delicious and warming! I love the pepper flavour. I’ll be making this again. Thanks Lisa!5 stars

  2. Can you use tumeric paste instead of the powder? If so, how much? I’m looking forward to trying this tea!

  3. Great tea recipe – thank you! The added lemon does the trick. I stumbled on your site looking for a good tumeric tea recipe, since I hadn’t had much luck in the past. Very impressed – just subscribed to your newsletter and Youtube channel.

    Ana SF

  4. Can you drink it cold?5 stars

  5. I really like this turmeric tea recipe I tend to add ginger as well. I just can’t stand the powdery taste of the un- dissolved spices. Any advice on how to make it better? 4 stars

  6. Have you tried adding fresh ginger?

  7. I love turmeric tea so much and its benefits, and the colour is so lovely and inviting to snack on just at anytime and 8 also brightens my skin on the out side5 stars

  8. what’s the shelf life if i make a bigger batch and keep some in the fridge? Thanks.

  9. Amazing!  I wanted to start introducing Tumeric into my daily routine for the health benefits but I don’t enjoy the flavor or the smell of it at all.  I made this tea and it’s so good!!  Thank you so much for sharing!!  :-)5 stars

  10. Let you know when I need that how to make tea to turmeric powder to health benefit ..information will let know you ok

  11. I’ve been logging in some of my favorite recipes into Myfitnesspal. I tried your tea & knew that I’d be making it on a regular basis, so added it. The total Myfitnesspal came up with made more sense than yours, since honey & lemon juice have calories!! Theirs added up to 84. Was wondering why theirs is 3x more. Just wondering which one is correct.

    • Hi Vanessa – honey is really the main calories in this drink. And honey has 21 calories per teaspoon. So the nutrition on mine seems to be fairly accurate (as there’s two servings in the recipe). :)

  12. What happens if you have no lemons or lemon. Juice. Do you still have the same effect?

  13. This tea is absolutely delicious!  I make it with freshly squeezed orange juice instead of lemon juice and with maple syrup instead of honey.  I add cinnamon or nutmeg depending on how we feel.  I is the perfect drink on a cold Canadian evening! 5 stars

  14. simple and easy and very informative. THANK YOU5 stars

  15. Wow…Yum..Im pleasantly surprised at how good this tastes..I usually don’t really like tumeric tea..But this is amazing.5 stars

  16. I’m in menopause and have been looking for a anti-inflammatory drink now that my beloved coffee has turned on me and now makes me sick. I love golden milk it really helps me sleep so I was excited that you referenced it in your article. I’m looking forward to trying your Easy Turmeric Tea. I’m thinking it may become part of my morning routine.

    • Hope you enjoy this turmeric tea Kimmie, and that it helps with any menopause issues you’ve been dealing with!

      • I love this recipe!! Having it on ice right now. You mentioned this helps with menopause. Does it help with hot flashes? and… Thanks for all you do.5 stars

  17. Sounds perfect, thanks, going to try it for sure for muscle aches. Can I also add Cayenne pepper along with the Ginger? Where to buy ORGANIC ORGANIC products in South Africa, please?

    • You can add both items if you’d like! It might alter the taste a bit though – but I’m sure it will be delicious.