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Learn how to make turmeric tea, a natural remedy loaded with anti-inflammatory benefits, using just lemon, turmeric, honey and pepper. My turmeric tea recipe is easy to make and can help soothe your chronic pain.

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Turmeric is a natural detoxifier, and it’s currently getting rave reviews lately amongst health experts. Today, I want to show you my unique take on how to make turmeric tea, a concoction I call Turmeric Tonic. This turmeric tea recipe boasts a whole host of benefits, as well as only the best quality ingredients.

Table of Contents
  1. Health Benefits of Turmeric Tea
  2. More Healing Ingredients
  3. How Much Turmeric Should I Put in my Tea?
  4. Using Turmeric to Detox your Body
  5. More Cleansing Beverages
  6. How to Make Turmeric Tea Recipe
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Health Benefits of Turmeric Tea

The anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric are well-known. It’s contains curcumin, which has strong anti-inflammatory properties.

Oddly, curcumin cannot be properly absorbed in the bloodstream without help, so this turmeric tea has black pepper in it as well. Black pepper has piperine, which is known to help the body absorb the curcumin found in turmeric.

As a runner and mother, the stress on my body can be pretty extreme at times! Plus, most chronic Western diseases are linked to inflammation in the body, so finding a natural way to fight it is essential for continued health and wellness.

More Healing Ingredients

This tea also contains coconut oil, which is a healthy fat that helps break down the fat-soluble turmeric. Honey not only makes this beverage more pleasant, it also provides antioxidants and aids in digestion. If you want to make this recipe vegan, then swap out the honey for a tsp of maple syrup instead.

Other Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Consume

Is inflammation a struggle for you? I know that the older I get, and the harder I push my body, the more I fight inflammation. Yet I’ve also got tools (read: food), to help me combat this naturally.

My anti-inflammatory smoothie with beets, ginger, and berries is a pleasant way to drink in some of these anti-inflammatory ingredients. Choosing Mediterranean-inspired ingredients + recipes is also a great way to fuel the body with anti-inflammatory foods too.

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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.” Just look for it in the spice isle. Look for organic versions (if possible), then add 1/2 tsp in your cup of tea. If you love it, then 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, then check out these other recipes that use turmeric:

how to make turmeric tea

Using Turmeric to Detox your Body

This turmeric tea recipe is from my Seasonal Cleanse, which is a 7-day complete meal plan (recipes to cover you from dawn to dusk). Just drinking this tonic each day could help you gain energy, kickstart your metabolism, as well as ditch your sweet tooth.

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

More Cleansing Beverages

If this turmeric tea has you searching for other great drinks that help heal your body naturally, then check out my list of great cleansing drinks:

Whether you’re starting a cleanse, or just looking for a way to start your day that doesn’t include coffee, these, like the turmeric tea recipe, are great options that will help your body vs. harm it.

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How to Make Turmeric Tea

The anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric are well known. It’s easy to consume enough each day in this simple-to-make tonic. Follow along with this step by step tutorial on how to make turmeric tea.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 2 minutes
Total: 7 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Beverage, Natural Remedy
Cuisine: Healing, Plant-Based
Serves: 1


  • 1 cup water hot
  • ½ tsp turmeric ground
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp black pepper ground
  • 1 tsp honey
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  • Combine water with turmeric in a mug. Stir well to break up any clumps.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir again.
  • Let stand for 2 minutes, then drink.


  • Hot lemon water can be sensitive on your teeth. I suggest using a stainless steel straw as your stir stick and then gently sipping it when it’s the perfect temperature. 
  • For even more benefits, use turmeric root instead of ground turmeric. 
  • Swap honey with maple syrup to make this recipe vegan.


Calories: 63kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 13mg, Potassium: 51mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 4IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg
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    1. Hi Karen! You could try something like MCT oil possibly. Unsure of how it would turn out as I’ve not tried it!

  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious I added cinnamon to it with a squirt of Stevia and over the top yummy thank you for sharing

    1. I’m so glad you made it work for you! Thank you for sharing these suggestions. You rawk!

  2. I’d love to try this. I have fresh turmeric, how much should I use for this recipe?

    1. Hi Hope! We’d use a 1/2″ piece of fresh turmeric for this recipe. You can always adjust up or down to your taste if needed.

  3. Hi. Is the 1 tablespoon of coconut oil a misprint? 1 tablespoon of the oil has 120 calories. Did you mean to print 1 teaspoon? (since the calorie count is only 31 cal). Thanks.

    1. Great catch Janelle! We have a couple of diff turmeric drinks and it looks like we imported incorrect nutrition info for this recipe. The recipe is correct and now the nutrition info has been updated to match! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    had the ingredients on hand and gave the odd combo a try…really good ….it almost felt that i ate something with the pepper taste lingering…i’m looking forward to relief thank you

    1. It’s totally our joy Beate! Hoping for healthier days ahead for you. 🙂