Brew a Cup of Turmeric Tea

Turmeric has been used in India and other Asian countries as a spice, for medicinal purposes and as food. Turmeric root is taken and powdered before use.

However, other forms are available like capsules, tincture, fluid extracts and tea. Turmeric tea offers various health benefits.

Turmeric Health Benefits

According to research, turmeric is known to have more that 600 health benefits! Turmeric has many anti-inflammatory properties that help in treating various health problems like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis.

It also helps people with cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, high cholesterol etc. It can also provide health benefits for those with lichen planus (a chronic disease that affects the mucous membrane of the skin, mouth and tongue) and chronic anterior uveitis (inflammation of the middle eye).

Its anti-oxidant properties can prevent cataracts and cancer. Turmeric can reduces risk of contracting atherosclerosis by preventing blood clots. Diabetic patients and those with viral infections can also benefit from turmeric.

People use anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or aspirin to cure inflammatory conditions.

Why do you need to take these drugs when you can use turmeric in various forms without any potential side effects?

Turmeric also helps to prevent blood from clotting. It reduces inflammation caused by wounds, acne and other skin conditions. Hence, a little bit of turmeric added to various foods can provide these benefits on a daily basis.

Since there are so many health benefits of curcumin, turmeric tea is one way of enjoying them.

You can read all the benefits under benefits section>

Turmeric Tea

Studies conducted at the University of California have found that curcumin that is theturmeric tea active ingredient in turmeric and therefore in turmeric tea can reduce the instances of Alzheimer’s disease.

This is why a study of elderly people in Indian villages found that they had the lowest instances of Alzheimer’s in the world. When beta-amyloid plaque accumulates in the brain, this abnormality causes Alzheimer’s disease.

Curcumin in turmeric tea can block this plaque accumulation and reduce inflammation of neural tissue that is another cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Freshly brewed turmeric tea provides all the great health benefits of curcumin.

Recipe for Turmeric Tea

Basic Recipe: Take four cups of water and bring it to the boil. Add 1 teaspoon turmeric. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for at least 10 minutes. Strain this using a fine sieve. Add lemon or for taste.

As a variation, a teaspoon of ginger can be added to the turmeric tea. Good quality turmeric powder must be used for this recipe.

Tips on how to choose good turmeric powder>

Another great addition can be cinnamon. Cinnamon has awesome health benefits and also serve as sweetener. 

However, grating fresh turmeric root each time you brew your tea can provide a richer flavor.

Since the health benefits of turmeric are widely known, turmeric root is available in most grocery stores worldwide.

This is the basic recipe to prepare turmeric tea.

You can use different ingredients depending on your specific preferences. There are turmeric tea bags available for those who do not have the time to brew a cup from scratch.

However, the best flavor can be got from brewing a cup using fresh ingredients.

Creamy Turmeric Tea: This is a tasty variation to the basic turmeric tea recipe.

Take a cup of coconut or almond milk and warm it gently. Mix turmeric (1/2 teaspoon), pinch of cayenne pepper, finely chopped ginger root (1/2 inch), 1-1/2 teaspoon of any sweetener or cinnamon in a mug.

Pour a little of the warmed milk onto the mixture and mix till all lumps are removed. Mix in the rest of the milk and strain before drinking.

This recipe could be great to soothe a sore throat, runny nose or relieve stress after a hard day’s work.

A word of caution .. 

Turmeric as a spice is very safe, which means if one takes turmeric in limited amounts it has no side-effects.

But one should not take too much of turmeric too as than may have some side effects if taken for a long term.

Check detail article on turmeric dosage here>

It could also affect those with gallbladder disease, those who take blood thinner medications, drugs for diabetes or stomach acid-reducers.

Pregnant women are advised to control consumption since it could stimulate the uterus.

My take on turmeric tea

I have taken turmeric tea a few times and found it effective in treating my cough and cold. I love my turmeric tea with some pure / organic honey – it provides me with benefits of honey too (caution – honey has sugar and thus take with caution).

While I do not use turmeric tea very regularly, but suggest to use it in case you want to get benefits of turmeric and you love tea!

If you have tried turmeric tea, do share your experience and recipe here for others to benefit!


    1. Well, we know what safe dosage of turmeric is for a day – so one way to calculate is when you have taken the safe dosage amount.

  1. I take a 1/2 tsp of Golden Paste in a cup of hot water with honey and cinnamon as my “tea”, twice a day. Easy and delicious way to take turmeric.

    1. Hi, yes you can. Just make sure to include black pepper and fats too. This is to ensure absorption of turmeric.

  2. After much heaviness in my legs and inflammation in my knees, I took a dose of a cup of warm milk and a teaspoon of tumeric before bed. I’m middle age and slightly over weight, yet healthy and take no medication. This morning my legs were energized and my knees less inflamated. Was able to walk up and down stairs with less stiffness.
    Tonight I’m taking a dose of a cup of boiling water, 1/3 teaspoon of ginger, 1/3 teaspoon of tumeric, and 1 teaspoons honey all ingredients are organic

    1. Hi, thanks for writing and sharing .. this is awesome! :)

      Would suggest a few additions / changes – 1) take 3-4 black pepper peppercorns (freshly grounded ) before you take your milk 2) Avoid sugar (that includes honey in case of inflammatory problems 3) You can take upto 1 tsp turmeric safely.

      Hope this even makes things better for you

  3. Thanks for the article. My quesion : Isn’t tumeric fat soluble? If so then how is making tumeric tea with only water of any benefit?

    Peter Byl

    1. Hi Peter, a good point and I will answer this confusion in the article too.

      This is a recipe and way of using turmeric. If you take it with breakfast which has fats / black pepper it will help. Most people dislike the taste of turmeric and thus making ot part of common recipes helps. But yes, you do have to include fats / pepper. But it need not be “in” the tea. It can be in other stuff you are having.

  4. Hello, I want to make Turmeric in a Tea bag! But wouldnt that cause a lot of stain in the Tea Pack because of Turmeric Color and its powdery! or Can it just be made in grated form?

  5. I have been taking higher doses of turmeric every 4 hours for 2 years now, as an adjuvant to various phytochemotherapy treatment protocols for multiple complex cancers and co-infections. Several things need to be pointed out which this (and all) articles do not mention. If there ever was a daily herb to take for the rest of your life, this one is it; so, research and buy a bulk supply of the highest quality turmeric and store it properly — sealed tightly in freezer (all powders are extremely prone to mold formation). Capsulize it youself as you go along and I buy vegetable caps and an $12 capsule “machine” from Mountain Rose Herbs. Preparing your own caps of Turmeric will cut costs to about 15% of what you will pay for off-the-shelf “prepared” herbal caps… the freshness will be 1-3 or more years FRESHER (since harvested) because you just dumped two or more levels of retail distribution and shelf-time….you can control the QUALITY of the turmeric you are consuming (no small detail, many on-sale low-priced are cut with other junk or stale raw material). Last but not least, you can exponentially increase your therapeutic outcomes of this extremely important medicine plant by facilitating the correct consumption habit in this way: put a separate bottle in several places next to a glass of water (kitchen, bathroom, bed-stand). In my experience and observation, the #1 reason why so many people don’t think herbal healing works is because they dabble in it. Because we instant-response Americans tend to expect instant solutions from a pill, we don’t stick with alternative medicines. Also, we tend to wait until too late and require The Big Guns. Or we are just too lazy when it comes to realizing the need for investing in these little health habits and don’t stick with any given herbal program — too little too late. This method of avoiding a pharmaceutical is not going to give the typical fast-paced American the instant buzz or immediate problem solved response that a drug might, but in the end, the tortoise wins the race. As for the use of fresh turmeric roots, like ginger root, you really need to peel these things. Obviously, roots are prone to mold; the constant low-level fungal input we all are exposed to is another overload we must stop in order for our body’s defenses to operate effectively. So, peel these things first and process as soon as you get home with them (or dig them up — can be grown in protected setting). I grind in high-power blender with a little water, make “ice cubes” with the slurry, then store the ice cubes of various medicines — garlic, ginger root, turmeric, greens, etc., in freezer bag and remove as needed.

  6. What is the recommended ratio of water to milk. I am using home made coconut milk and just wondering how much to use as I used 2 cups of water to boil the spices in??

  7. Hello, I am suffering of psoriasis now for almost 4 years. Through healthy diet and avoiding stress my inflammation would not appear. Recently, i have a lot of flakes on my face and scalp. As reading this, I hope this would work, this is my 2nd day of drinking turmeric. :) THanks!!

  8. I wanted to share my method for making turmeric/ginger tea. I put 3 heaping TBS turmeric and 1 heaping TBS, both ground organic, in my coffee carafe. I then fill the water well with 8 cups of filtered (RO) water and turn it on and let it “brew”. I then let it sit on the heating element for about 10-15 minutes, maybe stirring it one time. I turn off the coffee maker and then add ~3 TBS of organic honey and ~3 TBS of fresh squeezed lemon juice, stir it up and have a cup or two — unbelievably good! I then let it sit to cool, stir it up and pour into two 1 quart glass containers (saved from previously used juices) and put in frig. Then, whenever I feel like it, I shake and take a couple of swigs (I live by myself:) — this lasts me a couple of days. So handy, so refreshing and I enjoy it as much cold as hot! I don’t add any pepper because I just don’t like it. To me, a very easy, non-messy method for making the tea.

  9. I simply peel a small piece of turmeric root, add a small piece of peeled ginger root, put them in a mug of water and microwave for a couple of minutes. Not sure it’s the best way to brew it, but it works for me.

    1. I think using fresh turmeric root is better than using the powder. Just like I would ginger tea, I boil water, lower to simmer add crushed turmeric and simmer for maybe 10 minutes. I think you’ll have to experiment with how much root to put in certain mount of water. I like my drink strong. Turmeric root however, does not seem as strong as the ginger tea I often make (great for scratchy throat – learned this decades ago as we always had ginger tea during choir practice :) ).

  10. I need help figuring the right amount of turmeric (ground organic turmeric powder) and how much pepper(ground organic pepper corns) to put in a drink(3 times a day) for optimal health. Every article has it in mg, or 1.5-3 grams a day. So I don’t know how much to put in my drink if I dont know how to measure mg or even grams. I have 1/8 teaspoon 1/4 teaspoon 1/2 teaspoon 1 teaspoon measurements. I have put 1/2 teaspoon of tumeric into my drink with 1/8 teaspoon pepper ,but I would like to know for sure the best amount of both to use. Should I add olive oil to it as well, and how much of that, thank you much.

    1. 2 cups of hot water
      1/2 tsp of turmeric
      1/2 tsp of ginger
      Honey to taste
      Bring all to a boil, use a cheese cloth to strain or just pour into your cup add your honey and enjoy!

  11. Hello Keshav, I have made golden paste with turmeric, black pepper and coconut oil. I am on day 4 of taking it, as golden milk, with honey, made with 2 teaspoons a day of the paste. I suffer from osteoarthritis, but I’m disappointed that I haven’t had any relief of symptoms yet. Brenda notes below that she had immediate relief from the tea she makes. My question is, do you think that the tea would be more effective for OA in my case? What could I be doing wrong? Thanks, Gill

    1. Hi Gill, I do not think so that tea would be better, but why dont you try that too.

      There are other factors such as quality of turmeric powder too.

      1. Thank you very much Keshav for your reply, I will try the tea as well. I know it will vary with different people, but could I ask, how long would you expect to see a positive improvement when you start to take turmeric? Thanks so much for all the valuable information and help on this website

        1. My whole family was sick for 3 months after moving to a new home (mold allergy). My husband was so ill that we thought he wouldn’t survive. Before that he didn’t want to know about natural remedies, but the antibiotics didn’t work either. Eventually, natural stuff got him right. He now insists on us drinking a cup of ginger, turmeric and cayenne “tea” every day. At first, it didn’t do anything for me, but then I did a 3 day cleanse (only water rich vegetables, white meat, filtered water, bowel cleanse drink, and a “clean” protein shake) and I can feel everything working much better, including my vitamins and natural supplements.

  12. 20yrs chronic joint pain, arthritis over taking my all my joints..Went this last thusday to our Farmers mkt. found a local family that makes organic teas. Tried their Tumeric one and loved it. I drink one cup in AM one late afternoon. It has changed my life in a matter of digestion minutes of it absorbing…it also has changed my mental state, when your in chronic pain your depressed. I wake up excited to drink it. I don’t drink coffee, as It gives me heart palpations, and I want to sleep after drinking it. This tea gives me energy as well.. My pain & inflammation decreased immediately…I recommend this to anyone seeking pain relief…haven’t taken one dose of ibuprofen since last Saturday…:)))

    1. Hi Brenda, this is great. thanks for sharing. Turmeric is indeed great and I get countless emails from people saying how they have benefited in pain and inflammation!

    2. Turmeric powder is the best and safest way to reduce or possibly treat arthritis. I have been taking a capsule (500 mg) after dinner and a dash of turmeric powder and cinnamon powder in my cup of coffee at breakfast 24/7.

        1. Hi Keshavk. Its great taste. Be sure to add 2 heaping teaspoonfuls of milk in your coffee, sprinkle turmeric powder and cinnamon powder.

  13. I have osteoarthritis of hands and knees and have read that turmeric tea is very beneficial for knee OA. What would be the safe recommended frequency – cups per day. I use ground turmeric frequently in meat and vegetable recipes – does this count or is the effect lost in cooking, mixing with other ingred
    ients etc?

          1. KeshavK !! I have lupus and cancer ( cancer is under control ) I have kidney disease so I’m not allowed to take anti inflammatory drugs , and my dr is really not wanting to do anymore steroid injections. I am getting ready to start physical therapy , but I’m in a lot of pain all the time . I am so excited to try turmeric! Can I just add a teaspoon to my chai tea every day , or does it have to steep ? I just bought some turmeric powder and drank my first cup !! Dyan !

    1. Hi, I hope you have found the answer to your question about how much fresh turmeric to use. It is recommended to use two inches of fresh turmeric for every 3-4 cups of water.

    1. Unless you make it from scratch, soak 1/2 cup raw organic almonds overnight, rinse and blender them with 2 cups fresh filtered water, you can pop them out of their skins or don’t worry about it, cuz you’re going to filter out the fiber to save for almond flour/meal. Add a little vanilla and sweetener of choice, I prefer TJ’s liquid stevia…yum!

    2. I always recommend people make their own almond milk , and not with the ‘ dead ‘ imported almonds , but local almonds.

  14. Just a tip: sugars are inflammatory, so if using the tea for anti-inflammatory purposes, you may wish to leave out sugars.

    I have degenerative disc disease (leading to sporadic acute neck pain and debilitating headaches) and drink a tea from corydalis root (which tastes very horrible) daily. I boil 500cc water down to 250cc (simmering about 30 min at 6000 feet altitude) with 10 grams of cut and dried root in it, strain and drink when it cools enough. I’ve been looking for an apparatus to do this automatically so it’s easy when I’m disabled by my sickness, and that’s how I found your post, but haven’t found such an apparatus.

    I believe I’ll try a turmeric tea with ginger and lemon for additional support on “blue days” such as I’ve had today. I’m fortunate to live where cannabis sativa is legal (at least per local law) so sometimes edibles and/or vaporizing also help when the pain is most severe.

    1. Brenda, In Asian countries turmeric is part of almost every curry we make. These are also given to pregnant women without any modifications in terms of turmeric quantity. But in case you are in doubt please consult your doc. but in India it is considered completely safe.

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