how to make turmeric tea

How to make Turmeric tea (and detox daily)


Jump to Recipe Plant-Based Recipes • Natural Remedies • How to make Turmeric tea (and detox daily) Turmeric is a natural detoxifier and it’s getting rave reviews lately amongst health experts. Today, I want to show you my unique take on how to make turmeric tea. I call this concoction: Turmeric Tonic. Anti-inflammatory benefits of […]

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Turmeric is a natural detoxifier and it’s getting rave reviews lately amongst health experts. Today, I want to show you my unique take on how to make turmeric tea. I call this concoction: Turmeric Tonic.

Anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric are well-known. It’s easy to consume enough each day in this simple-to-make tonic. It can be consumed anytime, but we suggest starting off the morning with it to help get things “moving” (if you know what we mean) and jumpstart the daily detox process from the get-go.

turmeric root used in tea

Health Benefits of turmeric tea

As a runner and mother, the stress on my body can be pretty extreme at moments! Turmeric root has natural healing properties that can combat inflammation (which happens from stress).

Now, alone turmeric can be pretty off putting (aka: nasty). Yet when you combine it with some natural goodness (like honey and pepper) it creates a tasty tonic.

How much turmeric should I put in my tea?

Thankfully, you don’t have to use the intimidating turmeric root to get all the health benefits. You can buy already dried and powdered turmeric at most grocery stores, its called “ground turmeric.”

Look for organic and you’ll use about 1/2 tsp in your cup of tea. If you love it, add more! Ideally, you want to get about 2 tsp a day of turmeric to enjoy the anti-inflammatory benefits. You can add it to your smoothie, take pills or cook with it as well.

Still not sure how to make turmeric tea? Or maybe you’re hesitant to give it shot. If you’re trying to step into the natural healing space more, check out these other recipes that use turmeric:

This Turmeric Tonic recipe is from my Thrive Summer Reset, which is a 7-day complete meal plan (recipes to cover you from dawn to dusk). Just drinking this tonic each day could help energize, kickstart metabolism, lose some pesky weight, and ditch your sweet tooth.

We kick off each morning of Thrive Summer Reset with this tea because it works. Now, I’m going to show you how to make turmeric tea.

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how to make turmeric tea

Turmeric Tonic Tea

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: beverage
  • Method: one-pot
  • Cuisine: american
  • Diet: Vegetarian


The anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric are well known. It’s easy to consume enough each day in this simple-to-make tonic. It can be consumed anytime, but we suggest starting off the morning with it to help get things “moving” (if you know what we mean) and jumpstart the daily detox process from the get-go.



  • 8 ounces (230mL) very hot water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) honey


  1. Combine ingredients in a glass or mug.
  2. Let stand for 2–3 minutes, then drink.

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What to do next:

Once you’ve learned how to make turmeric tea, the next step is to start including more daily detox habits into your life. If you’re not sure where to start, then check out my Thrive 7-Day Reset! It includes green smoothies, snacks, meals, and beverages nicely laid out in a 7-day plan (with shopping list include).



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  1. Willa says:

    Hi, is it possible to make this by batch? I want to prepare it at once so I can have it on the go every morning. If it’s possible, where can I store it and how? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Willa! That’s a great question. We are all about making mornings easy peasy! What I do with the lemon ginger morning tonic and what I think you can also do with this recipe is combine the ingredients (besides the water) ahead of time and freeze in ice cube trays. This tonic has more ingredients so here’s what I think would be the easiest approach:

      1. Figure out how many servings you need to prepare, i.e., how big your ice cube tray is. I have an ice cube tray that holds 15 cubes so I would make 15 servings.

      2. Multiply all your ingredients (except the hot water) by the number of servings you intend to make and add everything to your blender. (You will probably need to melt the coconut oil before adding it to the blender to make blending easier.) Blend everything thoroughly but don’t over blend. You don’t want a bunch of air bubbles in your “tonic concentrate” before you freeze it and you don’t want it to get too hot because high heat negates the benefits of raw honey.

      3. The combined ingredients equals roughly 2.5 tablespoons per serving so add 2.5 Tbsp. of the concentrate to each section of the ice cube tray and once all are filled, distribute any remaining evenly. Place the tray in the freezer.

      After your cubes are frozen, you can leave them in the tray or remove them and place them all in a freezer-safe container. Each morning, all you have to do is prepare your water (hot but not boiling- remember the honey) and drop one cube into your to-go mug of hot water. Let it sit for ~5 minutes (probably needs a stir or two if you can), and out the door you go with your turmeric tea! 😀

  2. Herlinda Tercero says:

    I am looking forward to trying this recipe. Question: Can I use lime if I don’t have lemons?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Herlinda! This particular recipe works best with fresh squeezed lemon juice. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t taste as good nor work as well if you used lime.

  3. SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

    I absolutely love this recipe! I am currently injured and have been drinking this tea to help with inflammation. I cannot believe the benefits I am receiving from it.

  4. Kadane says:

    I discovered this during thrive summer and its become a regular morning drink , I don’t even have to look in the book for the recipe anymore

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Kadane,

      That is so awesome that you have this recipe down packed!!

      It is so good for you plus delicious.


  5. Sarah Cummings says:

    Another diet to consider. Thank you for sharing!

  6. I’m also wondering about the coconut oil?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      So sorry, Amy! Our mistake. The ingredients list has been updated. Use 1 Tbsp. coconut oil per serving.

  7. Holly says:

    Hi, I don’t see the coconut oil listed in the recipe, but you mentioned it in this morning’s email. How much should I use?

    • Shawnee says:

      I’m also curious about that!

    • Rebekah says:

      I personally used 1 tsp and blended everything together and that was pretty good. The consistency was a little frothy after blending it, which I like.

    • Carolina says:

      I think the coconut oil is in the Turmeric Tea Latte.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey everyone! Whoops, we left out the coconut oil from the ingredients list. Sorry about that! It’s been updated.

      You’ll want to add 1 Tbsp. of coconut oil or, if you have it, 1 tsp. of MCT oil instead.

      Coconut oil is in this recipe and it’s also in the Turmeric Tea Latte (a.k.a. Golden Milk) recipe.

  8. Tina says:

    Great post, thank you, Jen!
    I’ll definitely try that.
    Honey loses its benefits once it’s heated above like body temperature, so maybe just use maple or agave syrup.
    All the best, Tina

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      That’s true about the honey, Tina. Excessive heat can have detrimental effects on the nutritional value of honey. Heating up to 98.6ºF (37ºC) causes loss of nearly 200 components, part of which are antibacterial. Thanks for pointing it out.

      We recommend using pure maple syrup as a substitute (that would also make this drink vegan, for those interested). You could also wait until your tea has cooled sufficiently or use warm water instead of hot water. We prefer not to use agave because it’s highly refined and has a high fructose content, which causes blood sugar levels to spike.

  9. Gabrielle says:

    I’m allergic to nuts. What can I use in place of coconut oil?

    • Breya says:

      if I’m not mistaken, there are no nuts in coconuts, it is a fruit

      • Angela says:

        My friend is allergic to tree nuts and coconut is among the nuts she cannot eat. If you’re allergic to peanuts but not tree nuts you should be fine. But if you’re not sure I would avoid it (or ask your doctor).

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Gabrielle, coconut is not a botanical nut; it is classified as a fruit, even though the Food and Drug Administration recognizes coconut as a tree nut. While allergic reactions to coconut have been documented, most people who are allergic to tree nuts can safely eat coconut. If you are definitely allergic to coconut, you could look into MCT oil. Even though it comes from coconut oil, it is pure and free of any other nutrients other than fats so you may not have an allergic reaction to it. Either way, I’d recommend speaking with your healthcare provider if you have any other questions. 🙂

  10. Amy says:

    That looks great, but where is the coconut oil you mentioned in your email linking to this blog post?

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