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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.
5 from 11 votes

Turmeric Tea

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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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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25 comments on “Turmeric Tea”

  1. 5 stars for this recipe! It so simple but healthy drinking. Turmeric is good for stoma and makes your skin bright smooth. A cup of turmeric tea in the evening provides me a good sleep. Charactric of honey is warm, I love the sweety of honey.

  2. This is the most healthy drinking in the morning. I like it’s light yellow, combines sweet of honey and little bit sour of lemon. Some time I add small ginger pieces to warm me up. It makes me relax.

  3. Thanks for your recipe! It’s really excellent drinking. Both turmeric and honey are good for health. Especially fresh turmeric and forest honey. I like drink turmeric tea in the morning. I dish like black pepper.

  4. This is great even for those who normally don’t drink tea. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Ahhhhh … like a sunshine-y hug in a cup! Perfect as the weather turns cooler and snuggly beverages are so crave-able, and as cold season approaches and we all could use a little antioxidant boost to bolster our immune systems!

  6. I make turmeric latte often but never tried making turmeric tea! Given the health benefits, I am sure this must be good

  7. This is a must-have during the covid phase. Love the easy and superfoods you’ve used in here .. The need of the hour for sure

  8. I love this tea. It looks so inviting too. With simple ingredients I can now make an invigorating tea. Thanks.

  9. Yum, this is perfect for a chilly fall day! Thanks for sharing, loved it!

  10. Can you drink this cold?

  11. Sounds great! If someone is allergic to citrus, would apple cider vinegar and a cinnamon stick still have the same health benefits?

  12. This sounds really good I will try this tea
    Thanks for the recipe

  13. A delicious and soothing drink!
     Is it know to induce sleepiness?