Ginger & Turmeric Tea

Posted on January 21, 2012 | 8 comments

Ginger & Turmeric Tea


I’ve known for quite some time that ginger and turmeric (both used heavily in Asian and Indian cuisines) are delicious in cooking and that they are also two rather wholesome ingredients. I’ve been cooking with fresh ginger root and turmeric powder for many years, mainly because I love the bold, savory flavors of Asian and Indian foods. Well, this past summer I learned that both components of this dynamic duo have many more health-enhancing properties than I could have imagined. So, I got into my kitchen and experimented until I came up with this aromatic, tea-like blend that harnesses the combined goodness of both ginger and turmeric, as well as a couple of other healthful ingredients.

This unique beverage is equally delicious served as a hot tea or served cold. I usually have it hot after breakfast or as a warm, soothing evening drink during winter months. I also enjoy it chilled during the hot days of summer or whenever I’m in the mood for a cool drink.

Ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper and lemons are a few of nature’s most healing and therapeutic foods. The list of their health and medicinal benefits is too long to detail here, but I have provided a short list of benefits for each. There’s a wealth of information available for all of these items, so if you’d like to verify my lists or learn more, just Google them.

Health Benefits of Ginger

Aids in weight loss and digestion, provides free radical protection, reduces pain and inflammation, migraine relief, acid reflux relief.

Health Benefits of Turmeric

Anti-inflammatory properties, natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, natural liver detoxifier, natural pain killer.

Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Supports weight loss, anti-cold and flu agent, migraine headache prevention, digestive aid, anti-inflammatory properties, prevents and treats blood clots, detox support.

Health Benefits of Lemons

Aids in digestion, detox support, weight loss support, liver support, anti-cold and flu agent, nourishes brain and nerve cells (potssium content).

Ginger & Turmeric Tea Recipe

Recipe source: Own creation
Serves 4 | Vegan

Mise en place:

5″ piece fresh ginger root, chopped
2 teaspoons ground turmeric (powder)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
1 lemon, juiced
32 oz. water
agave nectar to taste (or your preferred sweetener), optional

Place ginger and water in a sauce pan over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add turmeric. Simmer on low for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and steep for 10 minutes more, add cayenne (if using), lemon juice and sweetener (if using), stir vigorously, strain (or not) and serve immediately. Alternatively, for cold version, set aside and allow mixture to cool completely. Refrigerate to chill or serve over ice.

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8 Comments

  1. adding turmeric is new to me. Nice blog.

    • Hi Anu! Thank you for the compliment. Turmeric is one of the superheros among spices (as I wrote in my post) so I tried adding it to my ginger tea to take in more of it. I love it!

  2. This tea looks mighty tasty! I happen to have fresh turmeric from my last recipe, and at 12.99 a pound, I don’t want to waste any of it. I appreciate all the health benefits info!

    • Thanks, Alaiyo. I like this tea a lot, especially when I think of all the benefits of drinking it. As for fresh turmeric, I tried using it in this recipe the first time I made it, but it stained and stuck to everything it touched, including my knives and the blades of my blender. I was able to remove most of it with fresh lemon juice, but it was horrible. Perhaps you have some tips?

  3. The Ginger turmeric tea is definetly one to try! I normally drink green tea daily. I’ll make the Ginger and Turmeric tea this weekend and I’ll let you know how it turns out! It has some very health promoting ingrediants how can I not love it. Peace, Brenda

    • Hey Brenda! I really enjoy this tea a lot. I’m excited that you’re going to give it a try. Can’t wait to hear what you think.

  4. Thank you, Lynne! Just settling down to enjoy my first cup as per your recipe. No sweetener for me though. I strained everything after steeping and I experienced no problems.

    Pause with me to sip…

    Ahh … This tea is divine! It has a zesty, spicy, bright flavor i find so very soothing. Meditation inducing pleasure.

    • You’re quite welcome, MiBaBa! I’m glad you’re enjoying my little concoction. Yes, it is quite soothing, indeed. I just finished brewing up a big batch, actually. I’m chilling it now to enjoy like iced tea.

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