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!

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  1. I’ve seen comments about turmeric having anti-coagulant/anti-platelet properties. I have a history of bleeding in my family (easy bruising to brain bleed) so I’m questioning the safety. I also have a dog who had decreased blood clotting after cancer and hemorrhagic gastritis after IBS. We both need something for inflammation/arthritis but don’t want to make bleeding a risk. Will you please comment/reference safety related to bleeding risks.

    1. Hi. If the decrease in blood clotting is due to a condition like cancer, then there have been reports that curcumin in turmeric actually improves this in humans. So it is highly likely that turmeric may help your pet.
      In your case if there is a genetic history of bleeding disorders, then one needs to take turmeric with caution and preferably in small doses. But yes one of our readers has mentioned her experience with a bleeding disorder and use of turmeric. You can read more about it here:
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-queries/is-turmeric-a-blood-thinner-will-it-increase-bleeding-risk

    1. Hi. A couple of readers do take turmeric in coffee. It suits some while some experience acid reflux and gastric side effects with it. So it depends on how it suits you. Turmeric milk is a better option though.

  2. I’m using ibuprofen daily. I have inflammatory disease, and ibuprofen is the only thing that reduces the inflammation in my case. I have been taking curcumin with piperine, but it does not help. Or at least I can’t see it. I could not make it without ibuprofen. I continue using curcumin, but without ibuprofen, inflammation does not reduces.

    1. just as a word of caution, taking ibuprofen daily is very bad for your liver and it loses effectiveness with prolonged use. i am a chronic migraine sufferer and i use it often, but it is very beneficial to take breaks from using. if you live in a state where it is legal. i would recommend CBD drinks or edibles, it does not get you high and it is great at aiding in pain management. otherwise i would recommend a higher dose of turmeric with crushed black pepper as it aids with absorption.

    2. Hi. You may require a higher dosage of curcumin piperine combination. Also You can take Golden Paste. Readers have reported experiencing benefits in inflammation after taking Golden Paste.
      Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take meds.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-golden-paste-from-raw-fresh-turmeric

    3. I bet if you try Dr. Prescribed 15mg oxycotin or oxycodone, you will be pleasantly amazed how much better it works than ibuprofen…..

      1. OxyContin?? Are you kidding this article is about turmeric its all natural, that man made toxic poison is death in a bottle, it’s ruined half my family’s lives.. should be illegal

  3. HI I AM VERY INTERESTED IN TRYING TURMERIC BUT I HAVE MANY HEALTH PROBLEMS AND I AM ON 13 PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS AND 4 VITAMINS IS THERE ANY KIND OF LIST YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO SHOW ME OF MEDICATIONS THAT ARENT SAFE TO TAKE WITH TURMERIC I HAVE SEEN THAT ACID REFLUX IS ON THE LIST OF THINGS THAT TURMERIC AFFECTS I HAVE IT AND ALSO HAVE GERD AND AM ON 2 MEDICINES FOR THIS I ALSO HAVE A PEPTIC ULCER I HAVE MACULAR DEGENERATION ALSO DOES THAT HAVE ANY EFFECTS? JUST WANTING TO KINDA SEE IF ITS POSSIBLE FOR ME TO START THIS BEFORE I GO OUT AND SPEND THE MONEY SINCE I LIVE ON A FIXED INCOME

    1. Hi Tracie. Dietary turmeric does not interact with any medications. The advice is for turmeric supplements since its active ingredients interfere in drug metabolism. So this interference may increase drug concentration in
      Turmeric helps in treating acid reflux but need to be taken at low doses initially and increased gradually.
      Curcumin is found to help in age related macular degeneration.
      You should consider including turmeric in diet or as an add-on therapy.

      1. I just started to use turmeric. I use ground turmeric, but have not been straining it. I just noticed that most of the recipes call for it to be strained. Does boiling the turmeric powder get all the benefits out of the powder. Was drinking the unstrained turmeric harmful or just unnecessary

        1. Straining is just in order to improve the taste. Boiling turmeric in water does deliver health benefits but a better way to maximize benefits is to take it with black pepper and or fats.

          1. Hi
            I had a cold. I made a mug of tea containing an inch of ginger thinly sliced, an inch of turmeric thinly sliced, golden syrup, 1/2 lemon and some pepper. I let it brew for about 5 mins, drained it and then drank it. While it helped my cold I am burping frequently for the last few days. I did have part of my stomach removed many years ago so perhaps dose high, but would love to get rid of the burping. Any suggestions what to do? Thanks

        2. I ‘ve found that turmeric root
          boiled as a tea gives me all the benefits of the tumeric.
          I drink the tea which has the oil as well as eat the root .
          Boiled with ginger root it makes a great cup of tea .
          Drank after a meal immediately helps in the digestion process.

          1. That is great Marcia. Indeed turmeric tea is beneficial for improving digestion. Glad to hear that turmeric contributes to your health!

      2. This person should really discuss taking turmeric with her doctors. Anyone who writes about the benefits of herbal supplements needs to be aware that not only are the scientific studies about herbs extremely limited, but knowledge about possible interactions is even more so. Some drugs are new. Do you think they carry out individual studies testing every drug with every commonly used herb? There is no way you can say turmeric doesn’t interact with any medications. You can say that turmeric when used as a spice is not known to interact with any drugs, but you should always caution people that interactions are often not known until a large number of people have reactions to various combinations. And people really should work with their doctors or a naturopathic doctor. As a blogger, you can get in to serious trouble for giving medical advice and this type of advice could harm someone.

        1. Anna, You mention herbs, do yo seriously believe that all or even any drug is tested for interractions with other Drugs! I appreciate your concern for others in your comment but it is well known that if you are taking a multitude of drugs then noone knows what the reactions will be in the body when combined. Patients do not realise the risk they are taking with their cocktail prescribed by their doctors. 5 drugs, I believe (prescribed or over the counter) and the risk is yours. Does a doctor ever pause to reflect, when a patient is already being prescribed 4 drugs and he wishes to add another for what ever reason? The answer is no. Does he know what the possible interractions will be – no! Because no drug is tested against every other drug and interractions of 5 or more is beyond clinical understanding. I suggest everyone read British practising GP who was in addition advisor to the European Board of Cardiology and NICE: Dr Malcolm Kendrick’s 2014/15 book Doctoring Data. He practises trying to reduce polypharmacy in the elderly population. And for everyone his book is brilliant, easy to understand and written in his own inimitable style of wit and sarcasm. You will never ever look at our medical system again with the same reverence.

      3. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE INFORMATION I WILL BE ORDERING TUMERIC WITH THE CURCUMIN ALREADY IN IT AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE BENEFITS AND WILL LET YOU KNOW HOW THINGS GO

        1. Yes, I’m blackiejo,
          I have been long chronic depression with medication that won’t help me better person and unhappy lifestyle and inactive person and quiet and hide life.
          When I read about turmeric and curcumin herbal vitiams and read about people talk about how wonderful they feel good about themselves and I was praying to god help me to get me better person and happy so I decided to take it everyday and noticed my life get better and think better and more engerier and enjoy myself. I have stop my medication to see how I feel about it then I will go seeing doctor and tell him the truth about me that I am more peacemind and no anxious or anxiety and I thank for sharing with me about it.
          It is worthy. Give me time to adjust my behavior and mentality well then I will support that

          Thank u

  4. Hi, I’ve read turmeric helps kill off cancer cells. I recently had a melanoma which was cut out. I want to do what I can to stop it coming back and spreading to my organs. Would taking tumeric capsules from my health shop be enough tumeric each day. Thanks

    1. Hi Jan. It is advisable to take good quality turmeric supplements. It should be standardized 95% curcumin with piperine. A dosage of 1-3 g per day should help. Start with a small dose and increase gradually. Avoid taking it on an empty stomach and close to taking other turmeric supplements.
      You can follow the dosage mentioned in this article till 4g dosage and suggestion for supplements are mentioned.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/general-info/turmeric-curcumin-dosage-for-cancer-a-scientific-plan

  5. The available turmeric powder in our area has a mixture of sugar in it. I just mix a tablespoon of the powder into a freshly boiled water and drink it. I consumed a cup or two of it on a daily basis. Sometimes, if ginger roots is available, I just put some crushed roots and bring it into boil then drink afterwards. May I ask if my routine of consuming turmeric is just okay.

    1. Hi. If possible do try and get pure organic turmeric powder that is free from sugar. Excessive sugar consumption has been linked with inflammation and other diseases. So in cases when its avoidable one must attempt to do so. When taking turmeric in boiled water add turmeric powder to it first and then boil for at least 10 minutes to get a good extract. You could also consider adding it to milk and then heating it to get Turmeric Milk. Addition of fresh crushed ginger roots is a plus point.

  6. Hi. Thanks for the info. Are there any specific reasons why you recommend peeling tumeric root other than for taste/texture? When I make a smoothie, I just throw it into my Vitamix unpeeled and it doesn’t affect the texture negatively. Also, you said to peel the root with a “soft hand”. Would you clarify what that means? Thanks!

    1. Hi. If you clean the root well then it is fine to consume it with the peel. Apart from taste and texture there is no such issue. Also where is the ‘soft hand’ sentence in this post…..ah if you are talking about the turmeric pickle recipe it meant peeling skillfully and gently so that most of the flesh is retained in the root. The peels should be thin to just get rid of the outer covering. Sometimes a writer’s block (a minute one that lasts for seconds..) gets in the way of vocabulary. Hope its clear now.

      1. Hi I wanted to know if I make the turmeric golden milk tea and it makes 2 glasses, can I drink 1 glass in the afternoon and 1 before bed ?

        1. Yes. 2 cups a day are absolutely fine. Just ensure that you don’t experience any gastric side effects with 2 glasses; in that case start with once a day and slowly increase to twice a day.

  7. Can I use an Organic India Tumeric capsule? I am looking for a bedtime drink. I am thinking : 1 cup almond milk, scant teas coconut oil, cinnamon, 1/2 cup hot water just to warm it up – then 1 capsule Tumeric stirred in.

    Would this work? I need antiinflammatory benefits and lower cholesterol – as well as a nighttime beverage

    Let me know your thoughts and thank you!

    1. Hi. We haven’t reviewed the particular supplement as yet. But since you are looking for a good anti-inflammatory via diet we would recommend whole turmeric powder over breaking and adding a capsule’s content. Turmeric has more anti-inflammatory compounds than curcumin which is the one generally present in the supplements.

  8. Is there any benefit to dry frying the ground spices first to release the volatile oils? Like they do before making curries.

    1. Roasting or dry frying primarily improves the aroma of spices when they are blend into a powder. It may also improve nutrient composition and antioxidant properties of spices.

  9. KeshavK I admire your patience with folks who repeatedly ask the same questions over and over. Questions that would be answered IF they would take the time to do a little reading first! The most obvious, to me, the best procedure for making turmeric tea is to make the tea using Golden Paste, which is easy and quick and complete. Oh well. No sugar or honey for sweetness if you taking it for inflammatory reasons. Admire your patience!

    1. Thank you Sandyk, but reader queries are very important to us. And yes it is an easy way to make turmeric tea from Golden Paste but steeping fresh roots in boiling water also has its own taste and aroma. Thank you for your feedback and do keep reading.

      1. Can I use an Organic India Tumeric capsule? I am looking for a bedtime drink. I am thinking : 1 cup almond milk, scant teas coconut oil, cinnamon, 1/2 cup hot water just to warm it up – then 1 capsule Tumeric stirred in.

        Would this work? I need antiinflammatory benefits and lower cholesterol – as well as a nighttime beverage

        Let me know your thoughts and thank you!

    2. Hello. I wanted to know if you have a recipe of how I should make my tumeric powder, it’s because I live in Puerto Rico and I haven’t seen any product of Tumeri, but they do sell the root at the supermarket and I would love to give it a try for my muscular pain. Thanks for the help you can give me. 😉

  10. everyday 1 teaspoon turmeric- ginger- coconut oil- raw honey dash of pepper steamed in green tea. oh and couple drops of lemon oil and a sm pinch of fresh black pepper.been doing this for 3 months and my hip and over all aches are gone. Plus more energy,

    1. Great to hear this Holly. Thank you for sharing this. Indeed turmeric and ginger are great for relieving pain and this sounds like a great herbal elixir.

      1. Jean J….Hi i just started taking a tumeric tea.. it says that its 100% tumeric …is this the real thing & what benefits does the tea have…im taking it because i have type 2 diabetes & been having some pain in my legs & back

  11. So here’s what i did!! I blended Turmeric powder into some apple water. ( made applesauce last night and still had the water that the apples were simmered in. I didn’t have coconut milk or whatever so i just blended the apple water,turmeric,cinnamon,fresh gound black pepper and honey.. I’m hardcore lol,so i didn’t sieve the tea.. WOW it’s delish! The apple flavor is a subtle flavor that blends well with the other ingredients. I didn’t use 4 cups water either. I only used 2 cups.

    1. That’s great! A very innovative way of taking care of the apple water as well as turmeric’s taste. Thank you for sharing this.

  12. Hi! I currently am adding 1 tsp of Matcha powder to my coffee, so I’m wondering if it would be okay to incorporate the turmeric powder along with the Matcha? Or should I separate the 2 powders & take them at different times? Thanks!

    1. It is fine to take the two powders- Matcha and turmeric together but we would suggest brewing the two in water to prepare a separate tea rather than combining it with coffee, unless it suits you.

    1. yes you could make a paste of turmeric with hot water and then add milk to it. You could add ginger or black pepper powder to increase absorption.

  13. Leonie, would I like to know how many hot cup of Turmeric a per day? Yesterday I tried to whole turmeric, one thin sliced then chopped and put in cup with hot water. I taste nicely. I love it.

    1. 1-2 cups a day is beneficial and safe. Avoid taking it on an empty stomach to avoid chances of acid reflux. In case you are prone to developing kidney stones or gout then it is preferable to limit intake to 1/2-1 cup to avoid increasing oxalate load.

  14. I live in Nepal and have no access to coconut milk or almond Milk. And sometimes no electricity. Can I just make a tea by pouring hot water(from a thermos) onto the golden paste? Let it sit for a few minutes. Also I take a small dosage of Losartan for high blood pressure. Are they compatible?

    1. You could consume Golden Paste directly no need to dilute it. If the taste is a problem then you can use dairy milk. For the tea you could simply boil fresh turmeric or turmeric powder in hot water and add a sweetener if required. Dietary turmeric would not interact with the medication but turmeric/curcumin supplements are not advised with Losartan.
      Avoid consuming the tea close to the time of taking medicine, keep a 2 hr gap.

      1. I just want to clarify, if someone is taking losartan, he/she can’t take turmeric tea? or a 2-hour gap is just needed? thanks

        1. Curcumin does interacts with losartan, hence curcumin supplements should not be taken at the same time as losartan. However dietary turmeric would not have the same effect since it has a lower percentage of curcumin than supplements.
          That being said, its still best to keep a 2 hour gap to avoid any drug herb interaction.

  15. My turmeric tea procedure: I use coffee machine with paper filter. I add 6-10g ground turmeric, 2 teaspoons rooibos with vanillin, 1/2 teaspoon grounded liquorice, a pich of cinnamon. The paper generally clogs, so I first brew with 500 mL water and after a while I use 250 mL water. The taste is very good and tasty.

    1. If its possible to brew coffee/tea with keurig cup, addition of turmeric powder shouldn’t be a problem except for the stain. However its best to stick to old school method where you can use fresh turmeric at times instead of turmeric powder and monitor the time for simmering visually. If you do use keurig pods do share the procedure and results with us.

  16. I have been boiling water, adding 1/2 tsp of powdered tumeric and letting it simmer for 10 minutes. I then add it to a cup where I have already added cinnamon and ginger…about a 1/4 tsp each. I add liquid stevia and almond milk. Do you see problems with this recipe and will it be an effective anti-inflamatory used this way.

    Thank you

    1. The recipe is absolutely fine and inclusion of ginger as well as turmeric makes it an excellent anti-inflammatory elixir.

  17. I have a friend who is HIVAIDs and on ARVs for quite sometime now. Can turmeric tea and ginger, cennamon help? any advise please.

  18. hi my mother has a liver problem is it ok to drink turmeric .. she told that right after she drink it there’s a reaction on her lower abdomen , it became numb or stiffed etc. i dont know how to expalin it. pls help! TIA

  19. I do not recommend taking any kind of honey with your turmeric- honey and any kind of sweetener is an inflammatory- the main reason for taking turmeric is its great inflammatory properties.

      1. Karen, Honey has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Honey is not an inflammatory, but sugar is.

        1. Since honey is a mix of glucose and fructose with proportions almost identical to table sugar, I fail to see how it would be any different.

  20. I make turmeric tea by grating the root and strain it with boiling water. Then I put it in a pitcher and don’t refrigerate. I drink a bit each day. The color fades to almost nothing over a week or so. Does that mean I am doing it all wrong?

    1. Also discovered when one adds a teaspoon of coconut oil to their cup of tea it really helps with our bodies absorb all the benefits of this amazing herb!

  21. Tea made as above with Luo Han Guo (Monk Fruit) I boiled down. It is a natural sweetener. For a cup I add half Luo Han Guo, 1/2 teaspoon local organic raw honey. Great taste and not after taste. You might try it without the honey and just the natural sweetener.

  22. Can I add the turmeric and other spices to coffee to get those same benefits. I am a HUGE coffee drinker, but usually only drink tea at bedtime, and when I am about to get sick.

  23. I use the teavia tea strainer . Boil water then add it to teaspoon of grated turmeric root and grated ginger root and black pepper corns grated ….. then let it steep for 10 mins. I then add stevia. Is this ok ?

  24. I’m just starting to make this tea after hearing and reading about the benefits of Turmeric. I use 2% milk, warm it in the microwave, and pour in in a cup that I have mixed 1/2 teaspoon of Turmeric, a 1/2 teaspoon of ginger, and a 1/2 teaspoon of honey.All organic.So far, so good. Taste a little strange, almost woody,but I guess it will take a while to get used to.

    1. I prepare my tea in a very similar way..I warm the milk in the microwave for 30 secs on high and them add turmeric and cinnamon and put it back in the microwave for 30 secs on medium which reduces the woody taste or rawness of turmeric to a grest extent (it wont go completely ever, its the inherent taste) . I finish it off with a squeeze of honey.

    2. When you say 1/2teaspoon of turmeric is that powdered from a packet or fresh grated please I. Just looking into using termeric so far only have a recipe for toothpaste using a capsule of turmeric and I have no idea how much powder is in a capsule
      Thanks

  25. I use 1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp fresh ginger pinch of nutmeg and pinch of fresh ground pepper ( pepper helps our body’s absorb curcuma ) lemon and honey to taste and milk substitute if you like ( I don’t like milk or milk sub in mine)

      1. From the amounts of spices used, this looks like a recipe for 4 cups of water. Put the 1 teaspoon of Turmeric in 4 cups of water in a pot. Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce heat a little so that the water is gently boiling (simmering). Let this simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off heat, then add your 1 teaspoon of ginger, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg and a pinch of black pepper to your pot of just-boiled turmeric water. Stir well, then pour slowly into your cup through a fine mesh sieve and add whatever sweetener you desire, if any. This is a delicious recipe. I found that the cinnamon really makes the turmeric palatable if you don’t normally enjoy the flavor of turmeric.

  26. Turmeric has tremendous medicinal and palliative properties. For chest cold and dry cough, boil milk with turmeric and black pepper (crushed) and add honey or cane sugar molasses. Drink it before you go to bed. It soothes the raspy throat while helps you get a sound sleep. People with jaundice or any kind of liver problems are advised against turmeric. Also, since it raises the body temperature, you should consume less of it on hot days.

  27. Just wondering. I use spice powders, cinnamon,cumin,turmeric,ginger, and pepper.Would i get the same health results by making my own tea bags or do the spices need to be “loose” in the water?

    1. I have seen many of these recipies that say yo strain the tea after steeping the loose powder, so I would imagine that making your own teabags would be just fine.

    2. You can use spice powders and its fine to use them as tea bags as long as you steep them well. Fresh spices are preferred since they are more pungent.

  28. Using the first recipe, one teaspoon turmeric to four cups water, there was a LOT of solid turmeric powder left undissolved. The ‘tea’ was heavy with solid residue, not clear as in the photo

    1. Keith,
      I believe the tea in the photo was made from the tumeric root. Its exactly how my tea looks when I’m finished brewing it.

    2. Did you strain it ?
      I made a tea similar and didn’t strain it, WOW it was awful but I drank it LOL
      I will strain it before drinking next timef

  29. I observed it doesn’t dissolve well in water. I take it on empty stomach with cinnamon and honey and last thing at night. Must I sieve the solution before drinking and as for fat, what can I add pls. Thanks

    1. I make a Turmeric paste and add half a teaspoon to hot water at night. Yes, it doesn’t dissolve very well but just stir before each sip and it all gets drunk with no sediment left.

    2. Use almond milk or coconut milk for fat. A pinch of black pepper in the tea helps to increase the concentration of the turmeric.

    3. I enjoy turmeric tea most nights with my man.. he has osteoathritis and me rumetoid arthristis and i do feel that when i wake up the next day i am not so stiff.. it doesnt take me soo long to warm my body up and get it working : )
      And yes if you dont strain it( whuch we choose not to) you have all the bits in it and depending if you get a good brand hiw those bits feel in your mouth..
      i have problems with my mouth.. i have ground my teeth since i had two teeth to grind together!!! Turmeric tea helps reduce the stress in my jaw while help keeping my gums healthy and stronge.. i also add sticks of cinnamom which adds to your health benfits while sweetenting yoour tea without adding to much sugar.. i say try it : )

    4. Look at a recipe for “golden paste” with your turmeric, and you will see an easy way to have it ready to mix with other things. The golden paste is made of turmeric, coconut oil and fresh ground pepper. You will see the reasons when you Google it.

    5. Julie, It will not dissolve. The best method is to leave it for a while until the sediments settle down and puor out the clear part of it. One teaspoon of turmeric is too much. Try to reduce the quantity.Too much turmeric makes it bitter and it can interfere with urination.

    6. If you can tolerate it, its best to not sieve the solution. For fat the general recommendation is olive or coconut oil but that may alter the taste of the tea.

  30. Hi Keshav.. How does boiling turmeric in water and drinking it with jaggery or lemon help with the skin? Is it useful for people with acne and scars or should it be applied topically?

  31. Hi all!
    Gosh am i excited to make this part of my daily living!
    I’m starting today to help me try and avoid excessive use of anti-inflammatory drugs…but also to see if it has any benefit for Depression, General Stress and Insomnia!
    Just a quick question: if I add cayenne pepper, would that also help with absorption? Or should I add both???
    Hope to learn all there is to this amazing ingredient!

    1. Thanks Alida for comment. cayenne pepper does not have piperine – the ingredients of black pepper which helps in absoprtion. If you have black pepper try taking good quality powder using fats (olive oil, coconut oil)

    2. HI Adidas, I recently bought turmeric and ginger and honey for my brusities also organic Epson salt. The team does help you sleep at night along with the bath. I don’t know about for depression however, I feel so good in the morning. Do the tea 2 times a day. Hope this helps.

    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.

  32. 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. I add 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp ginger with a tsp of lemon and some honey. I have tried almond milk instead of water and it’s delish !

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

  33. 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
      !

  34. 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.

  35. 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?

  36. 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…..plus 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.

  37. 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??

  38. 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!!

  39. 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.

  40. 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 🙂 ).

  41. 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!

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.