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. It’s comforting and soothing, with a bold earthy flavor that’s slightly sweet. 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 and possesses many health benefits. That’s why it’s a favorite ingredient of mine! And today, 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 (though you can always strain that out if you’d like). 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 (and who doesn’t love 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 49 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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137 comments on “Turmeric Tea”

  1. Interesting recipe! Turmeric is the best immunity booster. But we should try to get only pure haldi otherwise no effect at all.
    I have doubt.
    Can you drink turmeric tea everyday? What Do you share with us about daily quantities?
    Thank you.

  2. Sounds delicious. Is it ok to add ginger? 

  3. Is this the turmeric tea everyone says will help with belly fat and is white ground pepper ok to use?

    • I am not too sure if this is supposed to help with belly fat. But this tea is a great anti-inflammatory drink, along with many other health benefits! Black pepper is best for this.

  4. I made this tea for the first time yesterday. So delicious that I’m having it again today. I’m curious though, it’s spicy. Is turmeric the spice or is it the black pepper? I mean it’s got a KICK. 5 stars

  5. Perfect Tea for Winter.
    Reshu5 stars

  6. This is a great and easy tea to make. I especially enjoy the benefits pertaining to inflammation since I have fibromyalgia.
     Instead of using regular pepper I am using a drop of black pepper essential oil. 5 stars

  7. I’ve been pouring this over ice all summer. It’s a fantastic summer drink! I have also been drinking it every day – with my rheumatologists blessing – with no adverse effects. My goal was to eliminate the daily NSAID that was prescribed and that goal has been successful. (Though I have regular old Ibuprofen at the ready if I have sudden onset of swelling. I have only had to take the ibuprofen once in the last 3 months when I overdid it .)5 stars

  8. Can I make a larger batch and refrigerate and reheat later and get the same benefits?

  9. I don’t normally use black pepper. What can I use as substitute in this recipe?

    • Unfortunately black pepper is needed in this recipe to help break down the turmeric nutrients. But, you won’t taste it since it’s such a small amount :)

  10. Love this tea 🫖 thank you for all the good recipes!! I’ve tried quick a few.  5 stars

  11. I am fascinated by this recipe. I will try it by following your steps. I’m sure this tea is great for boosting immunity. <35 stars

  12. Is the black pepper ground or whole?

  13. How much or how often can you drink the Turmeric Tea? making this Now!!

  14. Turmeric tea is the best,easy to make and loaded with health benefits5 stars

  15. Can you make this tea without the black pepper? Substitute white pepper possibly?

  16. Love this tea.4 stars

  17. I ‘m looking for this kind of tea to make a gallon(s) of. Can you tell me how much and storage in the refrigerator.

  18. How often does this need to be drank? And my father has copd he is the one drinking it. We just want to know how often he can drink this? And can we use turmeric in a season bottle? Thank you!

  19. Yummy 
    I made mine with fresh grated turmeric. 
    Thanks 5 stars

  20. Love the recipe! I found it a little spicy as I couldn’t strain out pepper because I didnt have a strainer small enough. Did the strainer shown in video truly take out that fine pepper. It seems like it would go through. Does straining the pepper reduce the absorption of the turmeric? Don’t you need to ingest the pepper too?5 stars

    • Hi Debbie – You don’t need to strain out the pepper. The strainer was to make sure there were no extra bits from the turmeric powder so it comes out a smooth, clean tea. The black pepper is there to help absorb the turmeric.

      • I think she was confused because in the directions it says to strain it “to remove the black pepper” :) Thank you for clarifying! Excited to give this a try!!

    • Can I drink this cold?

  21. I just tried the tea n its yummy 😋 I am sure it will be one of my favorite tee 🫖 5 stars

  22. I just made this, and it was yummy.    Two thumbs up for sure. Thank you5 stars

  23. thank you so much I always love herbs for my health5 stars

  24. I only have lime juice can I use that instead of lemon 

  25. I have the Turmeric tea w/ 1/4 tsp cinnamon, every
    morning I have beeing that for a long time,
    I read that you can give your dogs the same thing
    but a little less think you.
    PS I fill it is helping my imune system.🐩🐩5 stars

  26. I have HATED every single type of tea I’ve tried (except Alrnold Palmer half lemonade half tea, but I don’t count that). This recipe has lead me to believe that I may just hate teabags type tea. This was AMAZING! I only used one cup of water as I was afraid two might make it taste watered down which is my gripe with teabags. Bravo to the first person to make me like tea!5 stars

  27. Hi Lisa,

    Is there a particular reason why the lemon juice has to be added before simmering? Would it still work if I added it at the end just before drinking? (Just thinking about preserving vitamin C, which may be lost when the lemon comes to a boil).

    Thank you in advance.


  28. I made the turmeric tea but added ginger. Love it I make a batch to have during the week. Wish there wasn’t so much residue, tried using cheesecloth but still gathers at the bottom of the jar. 5 stars

    • How about a turneric capsule, which has the black pepper (Bioperine) included? Are the added calories from the honey worth it? I’m hoping to see a weight loss benefit taking 800 mg turneric twice per day. The tea would be a nice way to get at least one dose.

  29. Surprise! It tastes rather good. I used honey and Stevia for added sweetness. I hesitated on adding the pepper but used my fresh ground 4 types of pepper, very good.5 stars

  30. Hi!  I am wondering if this can be made ahead and warmed up without losing any health benefits?  I am making it for my husband and want to make it an evening in advance

  31. This recipe has help me with my morning flem. It taste good and easy to make. I love it.5 stars

  32. Thanks for posting ! I made the recipe for the first time this morning an love love love it! Can’t wait to share with my daughter.5 stars

  33. Delicious and super simple using powdered tumeric, and I added a little fresh ginger as well. I can’t wait to try the variations suggested. I do have a question. There is a ‘sludge’ that I see when I strain the liquid which I threw away (about 1 tsp full). Is that normal or do I need to do a better job of whisking in the tumeric? If it is normal, do I add that into the liquid and consume it? Thanks for your answer. I’m anxious to try some of your other recipes.5 stars

    • Hi Phyllis – I’m happy you loved the recipe! It sounds like the sludge would be from using fresh ginger, but that’s totally fine. You can just toss that after you strain it.

  34. Very tasty! Highly recommend 5 stars

  35. I made tumeric and black seed powder tea with honey and it was a great one5 stars

  36. Super nice for these cold autumn/winter nights! My husband and I drink this now several times a week. Your new healthy drinks videos are great! Will try your Ginger Shots tomorrow, want to do the “Woooh” you did in the video as well ;) Greetings from Austria!!5 stars

    • Hi Celine – I’m glad you and your husband are enjoying the turmeric tea! It really is great for this time of year. Give the ginger shots a try…and yes, you definitely have to let out a “woooh!” Haha. Enjoy! x

  37. Delicious and comforting!5 stars

  38. 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.5 stars

  39. 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.5 stars

  40. 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.5 stars

  41. This is great even for those who normally don’t drink tea. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  42. 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!5 stars

  43. I make turmeric latte often but never tried making turmeric tea! Given the health benefits, I am sure this must be good5 stars

  44. 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 sure5 stars

  45. I love this tea. It looks so inviting too. With simple ingredients I can now make an invigorating tea. Thanks.5 stars

  46. Yum, this is perfect for a chilly fall day! Thanks for sharing, loved it!5 stars

  47. Can you drink this cold?

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

  49. This sounds really good I will try this tea
    Thanks for the recipe5 stars

  50. A delicious and soothing drink!
     Is it know to induce sleepiness? 5 stars