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Super Easy Turmeric Ginger Tea

This Super Easy Turmeric Ginger Tea is full of warming, anti-inflammatory spices and it's incredibly delicious!
Oct 25, 2016 | Joy McCarthy

I hope you had a chance to try my Iced Turmeric Ginger Latte. I sipped on it all summer long, even when we were in Austria visiting my father-in-law, Axel. Luckily, I managed to find a health food store in in small town Klagenfurt that sold fresh turmeric.

Now that it's getting chilly out, I'm sipping on this turmeric ginger tea. It warms you from the inside out and nourishes your whole being. Plus it's the colour of the trees right now in High Park. 

Turmeric and ginger are super healing anti-inflammatory foods. 



You may have heard that the Okinawan people of Japan have the highest population of centenarians (people who live to one hundred years old or more). Researchers attribute this long lifespan to their diet and their lifestyle – it is truly a holistic approach. Interestingly, a very popular drink in Okinawa is turmeric tea! In fact, most stores sell powdered, ready-made turmeric tea. I think they are on to something with their love of turmeric.

Even though it's very easy to find powdered ginger and turmeric, I prefer using fresh when I can find it. 

This warming drink tastes absolutely wonderful, spicy and sweet. 

Turmeric has more known health benefits than another other botanical in modern science. Before we get to the recipe, I’ve gotta share some of them with you!

Health Benefits of turmeric

Anti-inflammatory: This is it's biggest claim to fame

Detoxifying: Stimulates phase 2 liver detox pathways.

Thins the bile: That may sound like a weird health benefit but "thinning of the bile" allows it to flow more freely through the intestines. This translates to better detoxification. Bile is a carrier of toxic waste products.

Antidepressant: Recent studies have shown that turmeric can be used to effectively treat some depressive disorders.

Blood-sugar balancing: Turmeric can help lower blood sugar levels and fight insulin resistance.

The key to getting all these health benefits is to use high-quality spices, preferably certified organic or use fresh turmeric and ginger root. 

Here is this wonderfully healing and deliciously detoxifying recipe for Turmeric Ginger Tea and a recipe video, it is so good, we had to post it on my YouTube channel. 

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  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder or 1 inch fresh turmeric root
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger or 2 inches fresh ginger root
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or coconut butter
  • Option: 1/2 cup nut milk
  • 1 tsp unpasteurized honey
  1. Add 2 cups of boiling water to your blender.
  2. Add turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and blend.
  3. You may wish to strain the mixture into your cup with a wire mesh strainer but you don't have to if you don't mind you'll have some grit in the bottom of your cup.
  4. Add honey, coconut oil or coconut butter to your desired amount. Add coconut milk if using.


Please use all organic spices. Fresh is even better if you've got it! The recommended measurements I've provided make a potent flavour, so cut back if this is a new recipe for you! Serves 1-2

There you have it! My turmeric ginger tea. I hope you love it and it becomes a favourite recipe in your home for years to come!

And if you're reading this post from somewhere warm and you'd rather have it chilled, be sure to check out my Iced Turmeric Ginger Latte. 

As you can see from the little hand, Vienna loves it too.

Before I go, I wanted to add an update to this post which I talk about in this video at 6:05 and it's s a question I get asked all the time: "Joy, why don't you add black pepper?". I do not add black pepper because it's not necessary for the bioavailability of curcumin when you are consuming turmeric in its whole food form due to the presence of other phytonutrients like turmerones. If you're taking a supplement of curcumin on its own then you do need something to enhance the absorption because it's now an isolated phytonutrient and you've lost the nutrient synergy of being in its whole food form. I talk about it more in that post I linked. I hope that makes sense!

Have a joyous week,


Oct 25, 2016 BY Joy McCarthy
Stephanie   •   October 25, 2016

Hi Joy, Are you willing to share the brand of spices you used for your tea? Thanks, Stephanie


Amanda   •   October 26, 2016

I didn't have any ginger on hand so I substituted it with Cardamom. It was delicious! I was expecting this tea to be bitter, but it wasn't at all. What are the health benefits of Cardamom?

Heather Allen   •   October 26, 2016

Priti   •   October 26, 2016

Great recipe - make sure to only add the honey once the drink has slightly cooled down as honey should not be heated. My functional medicine doctor gave me the same recipe and made sure to mention that about the honey, it should never be heated, it looses nutrients. Thank you.


Elizabeth KIng   •   October 27, 2016

Hi Joy, Just wondering what brand of spices you use? I understand with cinnamon it is best to get one from Ceylon I think it is. Is this correct? Also wondering what the difference is between collagen & gelatin as in the Great Lakes ones & if you can use them interchangeably? For instance in making a homemade jello would you only use gelatin? If so how would you use collagen? Hope that isn't confusing! Thanks, Elizabeth

Heather Allen   •   October 27, 2016

Roula   •   October 27, 2016

can this drink be given to a child? If yes, what age and how often? Thank you

Heather Allen   •   October 27, 2016
Jodie   •   January 7, 2018

melanie amos   •   October 27, 2016

Hi Joy! We having been drinking a hot milk with turmeric, ginger and black pepper and some coconut oil once heated. My question is, I have read that you need the pepper to help to make the turmeric more efficient in the body. What is your opinion? I am going to try it with water, Thanks, Melanie

Heather Allen   •   October 27, 2016

Janet   •   October 29, 2016

Hi Joy: So from reading the comments it seems if I am using powdered turmeric I should add some black pepper, but if I use fresh I don't have to? Also, what kind of blender doesn't explode when blending boiling water? Your first instructions sound scary to me, but the final results look delicious!

Heather Allen   •   October 31, 2016

Candice   •   November 4, 2016

Hi there! Is this safe to drink during pregnancy ? Looks delish :)

Heather Allen   •   November 4, 2016

Kate Boynton   •   November 4, 2016

I made this tea last night and it was AMAZING!! Stopped my craving for a sweet after dinner. Thank you.

Heather Allen   •   November 4, 2016

Leanne   •   November 4, 2016

Hello joy, Love your recipes and blog! My naturopath just told me to look up Golden milk and drink daily for digestion issues, love the look of this one! If I was to instead use fresh, do you peel off the skin or grate it all? Also is it necessary to grate it, or just add small pieces to vitamix? If I was to double this recipe would it overflow the vitamix, maybe I should make everyone a separate drink? thanks for all you do for all of us!

Heather Allen   •   November 7, 2016

MaryKay Monson   •   November 5, 2016

I just mixed up the tumeric ginger tea, it is fabulous!


jane   •   November 7, 2016

Is the coconut oil necessary? I recently read that coconut oil has a high saturated fat content that raises the body's LDL cholesterol. Is its purpose in the tea to help dissolve the cinnamon and tumeric?


Rachel   •   November 7, 2016

Mmmm....delicious!! Just tried it and I love it! Thank you for bringing another wonderful thing to my life ??


Lise   •   January 28, 2017

So relaxing! It feels like a walk in the park. It has this calming affect on me. Thank you!

Walker Jordan   •   January 31, 2017

Devbabbar   •   February 17, 2017

Thank you for sharing it.This is easy

Rachel   •   February 17, 2017

Amber   •   February 17, 2017

I just made this. It is so delicious and I cannot believe how EASY it was. Thank you for sharing. This will be a regular drink for me.

Rachel   •   February 21, 2017

Elaine   •   March 9, 2017

Hi! Where do you get your organic ground tumeric if I could ask. I'm looking for a high-quality tumeric to help fight cdiff. Thanks!

Rachel Molenda   •   March 10, 2017

barbara carroll   •   March 11, 2017

I have tried this and cannot drink it. I think it is the turmeric flavour I do not like. I have tried it several times and cannot drink it again. Suggestions? Barbara

Rachel Molenda   •   March 13, 2017

Nicole   •   March 12, 2017

Is this ok to drink while breastfeeding? I know some detox methods should be avoided.

Rachel Molenda   •   March 13, 2017

Carol   •   March 14, 2017

If you are having your turmeric tea everyday, can you make up a large amount ahead of time and just reheat it instead of having to get the blender and ingredients out everyday. Also, if you are using the actual ginger and turmeric root, how much of it do you use and do you just pop the whole thing in the blender? Carol

Rachel Molenda   •   March 15, 2017

Yvette   •   March 17, 2017

I'm allergic to coconut, is there an alternative that I can use in its place?

Rachel Molenda   •   March 17, 2017

jen   •   March 23, 2017

Hello there! Love all the recipes online

Rachel Molenda   •   March 24, 2017

Gwendolyn   •   March 27, 2017

Hi Joy! I'm wondering if I don't have a vitamix, if I could still use a blender for this recipe, say, a ninja bullet? Or would I just be better off adding these ingredients into boiling water on the stove? Thank you!

Rachel Molenda   •   March 28, 2017

Lucy   •   March 27, 2017

Hi Joy, Do you have a video on the recipe with fresh ingredients and using a nut milk? Do you heat the nut milk?

Rachel Molenda   •   March 28, 2017

maguireadelaide   •   March 29, 2017

Health benefits of turmeric are countless. We all know that turmeric has been used to treat various kinds of problems and this is a very common ingredient in every Indian house hold. It is not only used to enhance the taste of your food but it can also help you to treat any kind of problem.

Rachel Molenda   •   March 29, 2017

Silvia   •   April 18, 2017

Hi Joy

Rachel Molenda   •   April 18, 2017
Silvia   •   April 19, 2017
Rachel Molenda   •   April 19, 2017

Gillian   •   May 1, 2017

Hi, I made this tea tonight using fresh ingredients but I don't have a blender to use so I just steeped it all in my teapot. It tasted lovely but I'm wondering if I'll get the same health benefits from steeping?

Rachel Molenda   •   May 2, 2017

Gillian   •   May 2, 2017

I used my rasp grater this morning and grated the fresh ginger and turmeric so I could consume more of it! One more question...some reciepes called for simmering the turmeric for 10-20 minutes, do I need to do that or is steeping for 5min enough?

Rachel Molenda   •   May 3, 2017

Velma   •   May 30, 2017

My tea turns out a dark color It's never been like the beautiful golden yellow.

Rachel Molenda   •   May 30, 2017

Shawna   •   July 23, 2017

Hi there. The tea is delicious. It did, however, leave a stain in my blender jar. Any hints or tips to remove it? Thanks!

Rachel Molenda   •   July 24, 2017

Antoinette Lavallee   •   September 6, 2017

Can I replace coconut I'm allergic

Rachel Molenda   •   September 7, 2017

Antoinette Lavallee   •   September 6, 2017

How often can I detox

Rachel Molenda   •   September 7, 2017

Kelly   •   October 12, 2017

It stained my VITAMIX 😭

Rachel Molenda   •   October 12, 2017

Kelly   •   October 31, 2017

How does the tea come out of your blender all creamy looking, as if you already put the coconut milk? Mine comes out a muddy mess. I tried this this morning with fresh tumeric and ginger..then another batch with powdered. Fresh is definitely better.

Rachel Molenda   •   October 31, 2017

Michelle   •   November 11, 2017

I made this this morning, it’s delicious for this chilly morning! Any tips on how to get the turmeric stain out of the vitamix?

Joy McCarthy   •   November 13, 2017

Kelly   •   November 22, 2017

Is it okay to have this tea every day? It's awesome! It also seems to have helped with PMS symptoms! :)

Rachel Molenda   •   November 23, 2017

Jodie   •   January 7, 2018

It’s lovely, thank you!

Rachel Molenda   •   January 8, 2018

Samantha   •   January 25, 2018

Hi Joy, I have heard that you need to use a bit of pepper whenever using turmeric in order to activate the curcumin. Can you advise. Thanks!

Joy McCarthy   •   January 26, 2018

Ellen   •   January 29, 2018

If usingfresh turmeric and ginger root do you peel it first?

Rachel Molenda   •   January 30, 2018

Keeley R.   •   October 13, 2018

This was an amazing tea. I have tried several different tumeric teas and this is simply the best. I am hooked.

Joy McCarthy   •   October 14, 2018

Swarnalata Dutta   •   November 23, 2018

Hi Joy This is swarna from India. Well I have a query for you. I have been having a variation of this tea for several weeks to aid werght and detox the liver. Just wondering if o ne has to give a break in between.

Joy McCarthy   •   November 23, 2018

Sana   •   February 8, 2019

Can we add lemon to this tea?

Joy McCarthy   •   February 8, 2019

Angela Janelle   •   February 28, 2019

I have a question, I absolutely do not like anything coconut and already saw that I may substitute the coconut milk for any other nut milk but I was wondering if for the coconut oil/coconut butter for ghee butter or any thing else? Can’t wait to try this out! Thank you for the great recipe!! Xo

Joy McCarthy   •   February 28, 2019

Laura McCutcheon   •   February 28, 2019

This tea is a must try for my arthritis. Unfortunately, it calls for coconut but I’m allergic. Can I just leave it out or replace it with something else? I love following you.

Joy McCarthy   •   February 28, 2019

Shweta   •   March 3, 2019

I use ginger turmeric root in my chai. I grate both the roots in hot water and boil/steep them until the kitchen has the aroma. Then, add tea leaves (black tea) and raw honey. I will try this recipe tomorrow am.


Mohamed   •   March 3, 2019

U r lovely. I tried it, I like it


Astraea   •   March 4, 2019

Do you need black pepper for organic ground turmeric and ground ginger? Thanks

Joy McCarthy   •   March 5, 2019

Gracie   •   May 7, 2019

Dear Joy, I recently bought the Navitas brand of turmeric powder and have been in adding a teaspoon of it to my smoothies every morning.... would you recommend that I continue to do this? I was also wondering if turmeric is okay for kids to consume? Thanks! -Gracie

Joy McCarthy   •   May 7, 2019

Dar H.   •   May 20, 2019

This looks like a place for me! So beautiful!


Valerie   •   June 2, 2019

Hi there. I have always heard turmeric doesn't absorb without pepper?

Joy McCarthy   •   June 3, 2019

Krzysztof   •   August 11, 2019

Everything looks super, only one comments! If you add row honey to boiling water you immediately loosing honey benefits. Honey in temp. over 40C become only sweeter nothing else. So, my suggestion is add honey after blending and tea is cool off enough to add honey. I like your presentation . Krzysztof. G.

Joy McCarthy   •   August 12, 2019

Dawn   •   December 15, 2019

I’m a 54year old female, I am on a lot of medication. Can you tell me if there are any drug related reactions?

Joy McCarthy   •   December 16, 2019

Amber   •   January 19, 2021

Personal preference for the other Lazy Lady Turmeric Latte recipe which tastes stronger and richer. This is very diluted in comparison and the colour of the drink is a dull brown rather than bright yellow.


Michele Freeman   •   February 13, 2021

Unfortunately I did not have organic. I had McCormick ground tumeric tea, Stonemill ginger paste and 100% pure refined coconut oil and skim milk. I will get those organic ingredients when I go to the market on Tuesday. Do you think it'll have a negative effect? God bless and sending PEACENLOVE from Philadelphia

Joy McCarthy   •   February 13, 2021

Jack Paton   •   August 15, 2022

I’m surprised by how little turmeric is used here given that I’ve seen another recipe which has 3 heaped teaspoonfuls in a recipe to result in 2 cupfuls.

Joy McCarthy   •   August 23, 2022

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