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Turmeric Tea


Was it just me or did anyone else have a bit of a time this week? All I know is that I was definitely not all here, maybe not all there either. All in all, I was feeling mighty unsettled and so I turned to the herbs with a vengeance. I was looking for something that might ease my spinny mind, my knotted tum tum, and perhaps help me get my feet back onto the earth and into the here and now.

Lots of people have their go-tos when feeling out of sorts. I have my teas. In keeping with the posts from earlier in the week, I got a little experimental adding a massive dollop of turmeric to my spice tea. It seemed to do the trick and given the amount of this sweet ambrosia I have been drinking all week, it is shocking that I haven't turned completely yellow.

Turmeric tea is a serious drink, not for the faint of heart. It might just cure every last ache, pain, and woe-is-me in your life (this might be a little exaggeration, but let me have it).

Why turmeric? How about these 15 reasons:

  1. Natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties to keep the infection away from cuts and burns.
  2. Natural liver detoxifier -- is it possible that if we believe liver to be the seat of anger than turmeric can help release that anger? Hmmmm.
  3. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
  4. Majorly powerful anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
  5. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
  6. Natural pain killer. Yay more of this!
  7. Helps manage weight, and aid in fat metabolism
  8. A staple in Chinese medicine for helping lift mood in cases of depression
  9. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  10. Studies have shown that turmeric can boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.
  11. Accelerates wound healing and repairing of damaged skin
  12. Can help internally and topically with psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
  13. Wowzers does it help soothe upset stomach.
  14. Helps to facilitate protein digestion.
  15. A natural preventative against flu viruses.

See, we Culinary Nutrition Experts all have our faves.

Fave supplements, fave foods, gave green drinks, fave herbs... Turmeric has recently been added to my top 5 list of fave herbs. What else is on there right now? Well ginger for sure, passion flower is a must, I'll take some goldenseal, and likely a little shtickle of gingko, though I am definitely partial to the culinary herbs.

Turmeric Tea

Turmeric Tea


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Yield: 1 serving

  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of clove
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • tsp fresh ginger (optional)
  • As much turmeric as you can handle! Start with a teaspoon and go up from there.
  • 1-2 cups of water
  • Raw honey to sweeten
  • Milk sub of choice (I went with fresh coconut milk, but almond and hemp would both be delicious)

Make It Like So
Slow and steady stove top method
  1. Simmer herbs and water together for 10 mins
  2. Strain out and add honey and mylk
Fast and furious blender method
  1. Boil water in your kettle and add to blender (a blender with gradual speed increase will reduce likely hood of pressure from steam of boiled water exploding out of your blender)
  2. Add in spices and blend until smooth and unified in colour.
  3. Strain out tea and add milk and honey.

UPDATE: Check out the updated version of this favourite with this Turmeric Tonic!

187 Responses to “Turmeric Tea”

  1. Sophie C. said… February 5, 2010
    Hi Meagan, this tea looks absolutely Yummy! I will try it today but only have ground cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and turmeric. Can I use them in the same quantity that you have in your recipe? Thanks :)
  2. You did not just write "Mylk".
  3. I saw your "tweet" about this last week and have been drinking it almost every day since then. OMG, I LOVE it. I leave out the cloves (hate 'em) and admittedly, I like a lot of honey in it. But it is SO GOOD! And when I have leftovers, I put it in a mason jar in the fridge, and in the morning, I use the cold tea as the base liquid for my banana smoothies. Heaven!
    • What an awesome idea. I love that. You can also heat it up in a pot.
    • Stacy Adkins said… February 26, 2012
      That IS a great idea! I just had a cup of this and it was delicious! I'm not sure why it says "not for the faint of heart"? I used date syrup and rice milk. I want another cup...
  4. This is actually very similar to a nightly concoction I've been brewing too which is: 1 cup unsweetened almond milk + 1 tbsp of ground flax + couple of drops of stevia + as much turmeric as I can handle :) I can't wait to try your spiced up version! Hope you're feeling peppery and bright soon :)
  5. Rachel said… February 5, 2010
    I've been feeling something coming on...thanks so much for this! I really needed it!!
  6. Yum, I've got a pot on the stove now -- seems like just the perfect pick-me-up for the end of this crazy week!!!
  7. Great idea - I'm always making my own version of chai using the same spices, but never thought to add the tumeric - clever girl M... I can't wait to play, sip, drink and get even healthier - yay....
  8. Trying this ASAP. Yes, this week has been silly. <3
  9. it is too early in the morning and i am up with my munchkins and laughing out loud that you read my post! i had NO idea you would "find"that! i do sincerely enjoy your is just so refreshing and easy to read! so thanks for doing it!
  10. Hi Meghan, thanksfor posting this wonderful recipe! I am always looking for ways to get in some turmeric, and this tea tastes great. I added in some cardamon, and a little cayenne pepper (I like it spicy), so it turned out like a turmeric chai. Yum! And now I also have a beautiful yellow colored blender : ) I love your blog, you always make me smile. Thanks for that too!
  11. I've never thought of something like turmeric tea, but it sounds amazing. And perfect for staying healthy and warm during this crazy winter!
  12. Nicole said… February 7, 2010
    Just tried this! <3 I used coconut 'mylk', some vanilla bean, stevia&honey combo, and drink it with an extra stick of cinnamon for prettiness. :P I also pressed it through a french press, but somehow it was too think and wouldn't strain well, had to let it trickle out reallllll slowly. Still tasted amazing though! thanks for this! i'm loving the benfits of the tumeric! <3 <3
  13. I made two pots this weekend, and even the boyfriend tried some. I think cayenne will only help! Can't wait to try it out as the new next batch! This is going to be my default -- and it sure makes the place smell good!
  14. Jaime said… February 9, 2010
    Meghan, this is a genius and delicious recipe! I have been trying to find ways to get more tumeric in my this is perfect. Thank you :) For all of you trying this tea...this may seem fairly obvious, but: do not brush your teeth after drinking this. I made that mistake this morning and now I have a funky ( but bright!) yellow tooth brush ;)
    • Vickie said… January 20, 2016
      I make my toothpaste with turmeric, peppermint extract & coconut oil. It leaves my mouth super clean and really whitens my teeth!
  15. [...] Telpner’s Turmeric Tea (like Chai, with Turmeric!) has been the new go-to drink around here.  I even bought almond milk [...]
  16. Turmeric is amazing!! The research on Alzheimer's has also inspired research on eye health. (I have some info on my site, if anyone's interested.) I love the idea of making tea out of it!
  17. Kaylani said… February 18, 2010
    Is it possible to make the tea with fresh tumeric? I've only been able to find recipes using powdered tumeric. I always have fresh on hand.
  18. [...] did not include any spices (it’s just as good without them). But I started drinking tons of turmeric tea, thanks to nutritionist Meghan Telpner, and one morning I decided to use the same spices in my [...]
  19. I know this will sound a little silly, but how do you strain it? I tried a coffee filter and that didn't work. I also just drank mine "straight" no milk - it was really yummy.
  20. I knew there were special benefits to tumeric but this drink sounds so delicious and very palatable!
  21. Tara deRuiter said… March 8, 2010
    I will try this for sure as I could use it for several of the cures listed. If I can't have the tea daily, will a tumeric capsule do the trick just as well? I have some laying around that should be used up. thanks once again for your wise words, Tara
  22. i've been drooling over this recipe all week, and will be trying it tonight as i didn't have tumeric. :)
  23. Just had this with breakfast - yum!
  24. I have to admit i was a little hesitant about this tea Meghan... but it's SO good!!! What a great stress reliever last night! I love the chai flavors and such a great way to use tumeric. This may become a nightly routine! :-)
  25. Julie said… April 29, 2010
    Why do you have to strain it? Drank it tonight without straining and it was great.
    • kriston lion said… December 6, 2014
      awesome! I'm totally intrigued by this, but pretty sure I'm way too lazy to strain!
  26. Anna said… May 11, 2010
    I've been meaning to try this since you posted it and this morning thought i'd see about making a dent in the turmeric supply (we seem to accumulate it by not just small jars-full). It was just what i was hoping for. the cinnamon gives it a nice sweet spice, and the nutmeg a nice subtle floral hint, lovely way to have a decadent-feeling tea without the annoying caffeine jitters or chamomile tummy jumbles (chamomile and I do not get along). Now i may just have to try some of the other suggestions and recipes. Thanks for the great blog. I was diagnosed with UC..ummm...nearly 12 years ago. Docs said diet wouldn't matter. finally got sick of all the drugs (HATED Imuran, and couldn't remember to take the mesalamine). Discovered if i don't eat eggs or milk products, my gut is happy. also significantly reduced availability of processed foods; so vegan it is. and my gut has been behaving like a gut and not a foreign object. rather nice, really. *i will however say that the hospital visit 8 years ago was a wake-up call and i appreciate the fact they could get me back on track. yes, surgery was mentioned, and numerous drugs tried. The infliximab did its job though and i got to go home. I prefer the method of changing lifestyle so that meds are not necessary rather than abusing the body and trying to fix it with meds. besides, there are so many yummy recipes and exercise is rewarding, and when your gut says your killing yourself, perhaps it's time to listen and look at your life. I suppose i'm a bit dense and needed a bit more aggressive prodding than some :)
  27. according to your # 3 - my grandfather has Alzheimer's :( while i don't remember all of the details, my mother told me that a doctor did some research on my grandfather's family and said that anyone in this bloodline should up their intake of turmeric so as decrease the chances of us getting Alzheimer's. Turmeric seems to be a cure-all! thanks for sharing this. i am a tea lover and am definitely going to try out this tea! hugs!!
  28. San said… June 14, 2010
    How about a Green Tea-Turmeric blend, and along with the Honey, add some Bee Pollen!!! I wonder how much of the goodness of Turmeric dies in the boiling process? Is Turmeric a root? How do you buy this whole, and where in California? Take care!
  29. aravis said… July 8, 2010
    I have a question, do you think it would be all right to boil say a liter of plain turmeric tea from powder and store it in a plastic bottle at room temperature (here in the tropics that's around 27-31 deg C) for a week? I only want to drink around a cup a day and I don't want to be boiling so often since I only have limited access to a stove.
    • I would have recommend against that one- do you have cold storage? That would be the first recommendation and the second would be to find a glass bottle or jar. The potency will decrease over time so the fresher the better.
    • Ronnie said… December 20, 2015
      You might make a concentrated spice paste by cooking the spices in less water for 30 minutes until there is very little water remaining. This paste should keep at room temperature, stored in a clean, tightly sealed jar. Spices are the original preservatives! When you want a cup of the tea, simply add a spoonful of the paste to a mix of hot water and mylk. Sweeten with honey if you like.
  30. judith hirsch said… August 31, 2010
    hi Megan, Got your blogsite from my massage therapist. Where do you get tumeric root/ fresh tumeric? Is it callled anything else? i have powdered tumeric but don't know how active the ingredient is anymore. thanks, Judy Hirsch
    • Fresh turmeric is tough to find sadly. You could try asian markets/china town or kensington if you are in toronto. Indian stores would also carry it. Otherwise- organic powdered would work.
  31. Angela said… September 4, 2010
    I love this idea and will try it! I put tumeric and a few whole cloves and sperment in my homeade chicken soup and my mexican rice sometimes. Tumeric is awsome, tea? wow thanks!
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  34. Dalia said… November 18, 2010
    Hi Meg! I love this article! I have one question, could turmeric tea make your skin yellow? I've heard about people who drink too much carrot juice and their skin turns yellow. Thanks so much in advance!
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  36. rhonda said… December 23, 2010
    Hi Meagan, thanks for the info and receipe. Like Anna - i have UC and im looking for alternatives also. i have not tried this - but will. will the pill version work also? not sure that i would be able to make the tea daily - so just looking for a second choice. Happy Holidays!
    • Hi Rhonda, I am sure, like most suffering with IBD, you are desperate for some sweet and healing solutions. Unfortunately- I can't offer nutritional advice regarding supplements through my blog or email. It's a legal thing and a safety thing.
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  38. laureen said… January 9, 2011
    Meghan.......Just finished my first cup of Turmeric Tea via your recipe.......YUM YUM YUM!!!.....Thank You! Cant wait to try some of your other recipes. Blessings to you!
  39. [...] and spices for healing, nutritionista Meghan Telpner has a great post on using turmeric in her Turmeric Tea.  This is something I’ve been using for the last few weeks as an inflammation-reducer, [...]
  40. I currently take MS CONTIN for my pain. It is not working very well right now. My doctor will not increase dosage. Is there something else out there that works better?? I'm on SS so price is a big issue, and I can't afford a prescription drug plan with all the bill I have right now. Any help would be appreciated.
    • I have never been one to recommend drugs and sadly not much coverage is available for natural solutions.
    • Anneliese said… September 14, 2012
      Hi, I have chronic spine pain.. on norco and soma -narcotic pain med/muscle relaxer. Been on this for years. Had multiple surgeries. Finally decided I am going to go the natural approach. I have been researching both Turmeric and Boswella for its anti- inflammatory results. I been doing the Turmeric tea.. It is actually makes you feel better. A great for infections too.. Going to use this when I get a cold/flu. Modern Pharmacuticals don't want people stopping taking their expensive drugs. Tired of being on so many meds when they just mask the problem at hand. Just my opinion.
      • Meghan Telpner said… September 14, 2012
        Hey Anneliese- thanks for sharing your story! We have to agree, most Pharma companies are only about keeping people sick (healthy people aren't very profitable, are they?). Glad you have found some comfort in Turmeric- it is so very good for you in many ways.
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    • Eva said… February 9, 2016
      Thanks for the recipe, am trying it right now. I have arthritis in my hands...hope this will help with the pain and swelling. Can you drink it everyday. It does taste good.
  43. Alex said… July 24, 2011
    I just found your site via my new roots and have been reading and reading all night! Now sipping some of this tea and I LOVE it - like a caffeine free chai. I'll definitely try it with raw cacao/cayenne in the future as well.
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  47. Hello! Thank you so much for this blog post! I wanted to pass on the awesomeness of turmeric tea as well and just did a post on it here: You were much of my inspiration thank you!!
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  51. etti said… February 27, 2012
    heres what I do daily: I take one vegi-cap, I fill it half with organic ginger and half with organic turmeric and swallow. It clears up my brain fog, and reduces the aches and pains in my back and knee. The ginger helps with my digestion and makes me just feel nice. I also make salad and put powdered ginger and turmeric into the dressing (fresh garlic, dark olive oil, ume plum vinegar and apple cider vinegar).
  52. Wilderarth said… April 21, 2012
    One word YUM I love and my disabled son xxxxooo
  53. An ounce of this turmeric tea every day is a very effective way to getting healthy the natural way. Thanks for pursuing us to have a try for this with your list of health benefits. Furthermore, thanks also for the recipe on how to make a perfect blend out of the herb!
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  55. surlena said… October 12, 2012
    How much of fresh tumeric root do we use? In the tea.
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  58. Sounds great. Just curious as to how much mylk to add? Thanks!
  59. Hannah said… April 16, 2013
    Just tried this and LOVE it. Thank you! I notice you say to add as much turmeric as you can handle, but how much is too much per day? Also, not sure if you can answer this one because of legal/safety issues, but my mom is on medication for high blood pressure and I read somewhere that people on those kinds of meds should be careful with turmeric. What is your opinion on this? p.s. I've been having pain from inflammation in my foot, and the only thing that helped was honey bee venom, but I couldn't tolerate the shots in the sole of my foot (and I've been through some pretty serious [read: aggressive] Korean acupuncture!). I just drank this tea and -I kid you not- the pain went away about 15 minutes after drinking it. I'm hooked!
  60. Grace Hall said… August 5, 2013
    Hi Megan, I wanted to know ways to use this amazing spice turmeric I am would you kindly send me your turmeric tea recipe it sounds divine i use cinnamon and honey tea which has amazing health benefits as well would love to have your Turmeric tea recipe much love Grace Hall Auckland NZ
  61. lauraolson said… October 30, 2013
    YUM! This is awesome. I've been just throwing fresh turmeric and lemon and ginger into water and letting them steep and sort of drinking it like that, but this latte idea is making my heart sing.
  62. David Arai said… January 6, 2014
    Thank you for sharing your recipe for tumeric tea. I am harvesting about 20 lbs. of fresh tumeric root out of my garden and I was looking for ways to use it. I love your tea! I have increased the spices and added cardomom powder for an added flavor. Thanks again!
  63. Maral said… January 9, 2014
    Amazing ! love it ! Thank u
  64. Alexa said… January 11, 2014
    I have dried turmeric fingers I bought from a local Indian markets. How can I use these to make the tea? Thanks so much!
    • David Arai said… January 13, 2014
      I have never tried to dry fresh tumeric roots so I am not sure how to use them. I would guess that you could use about 1/4 lb or 1/3 lb to replace 1 lb of fresh root in a recipe. I am going to try and juice the fresh root and freeze the juice. Will let you know how that works.
  65. Willi said… January 14, 2014
    I just googled tumeric tea as I am looking for something natural that combats inflammation. Found your website. Thanks so much. Anyway, I was anxious to get started and rather than boil any ingredients, I used a natural Indian chai tea loaded with spices cardamon, cinnamon, and added a heaping teaspoon of powdered tumeric. It was was delicious. And the pain in my foot and knee from arthritis went away after about 20 minutes. I plan to drink this at least once per day. I just purchased some almond milk for variations on the basic tumeric tea. So happy!
  66. shauna said… January 21, 2014
    Hi I just made this tea and it's delicious but it's dyed my brand new vitamix hello : ( Do you know of any methods to get the yellow stains out? Thanks for all you do!
  67. Deena said… January 23, 2014
    I made the tea and it's really wonderful. I had seen another recipe that had suggesting boiling 4 cups water and adding 1 Tablespoon Turmeric to the water once it's come off the boil for 10 min. I combined that one with yours. After the 10 min I whipped it all up in the blender. My question is, how much of this tea should someone drink who is trying to boost metabolism to help with a weight loss plateau? Any ideas?
    • Hi Deena, I am not familiar with that use of turmeric, but I can say that drinking this instead of sweetened drinks or coffee with milk and sugar is a great step towards shedding unneeded weight. There is no harm in drinking this throughout the day- but be mindful of your teeth as turmeric has a strong colour and overtime I imagine might stain your teeth so be sure to brush!
      • Jodie said… February 12, 2014
        I just read tumeric whitens your teeth. Has anyone seen results of this. A guy said he made it into a paste and he said the indians put it on their teeth at night before bed. Megan, has eating it and drinking it made your teeth gone yellow at all. I'm curious about brushing my teeth with it too but not all things you read are true.
        • Oh my! I have never heard of this but have seen it stain my counters, blender and fingers so I'd be very nervous about brushing my teeth with it.
  68. leah said… January 25, 2014
    I heard of a similar version of this from Dr. Sanjay Grupta, who only warms 1 cup of almond or coconut milk. In your cup place 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. turmeric, 1/4 tsp.ginger and make a paste by adding 1 tsp. agave or honey. Then pour warm milk over and stir, fairly continuously while drinking. I've drank this now for three days and have great results. Some may feel its a little strong in the spices and can adjust some if needed. I will try the suggestion of clove however. Thanks
  69. Thanks for the recipe, in need of a pick me up so I'll give this a go this evening. :)
  70. Priti said… February 12, 2014
    Hi, if you add black pepper to turmeric it will enhance the properties of it by 2000%, says a scientific study (somewhere over the.. internet!) No seriously black pepper is that amazing, so please do a search a find out about it. Black pepper can enhance the properties of any super herb/spice in general.. cheers to good health!
    • Hi Priti, I was just going to suggest adding pepper also. I've also seen that adding some kind of oil, like olive oil, can increase the body's ability to absorb the curcumin, the most potent constituent in turmeric I believe. and Meghan, thank you for this nice recipe. I'm trying to start a turmeric routine and geez you said it... it is NOT for the faint of heart. :D Question: does anyone else feel a sort of very mild head rush when you drink it? Like a tingly head feeling...not sure how to describe it. Just curious.
  71. I heard for turmetic tea last year but i still don't drink it. If that tea is really natural pain killer that would be great! :)
  72. CAB said… March 3, 2014
    I hate the taste of turmeric, but I keep hearing of its amazing health benefits, and Turmeric is supposed to kill cancer cells for people on a ketogenic (high fat, low carb, low protein) diet.. I've found it does actually make nice tea--I like its strong, exotic flavor (like incense), but ONLY in a tea. I haven't found any food I like it in. I like to put the powdered turmeric in my glass coffee pot with some water, and let the electric heating element keep it just the right temperature. The water never boils, but it's hot enough and stays that way so that I'm sure it's extracting the goodness from the turmeric. Then when I pour it out into my cup (a hot drink whenever I feel like it) to drink, I add a few tablespoons of coconut oil, which helps the body to absorb the curcumin. The tip about the pepper is interesting, will try that.
  73. Sian said… April 15, 2014
    Hi, i have two bulging discs in my back so alot of inflammation and pain. Tried this tea today and amazingly some of my pain is gone!! I was wondering if anyone knew how many cups a day i should drink? Any advise greatly recieved x
  74. […] as a condiment, sprinkled over any sort of foods, and you can also make tea with it, and here’s a link to an article by Megan Telpner about Turmeric tea with a couple of great recipes you can try […]
  75. Going to try this tea recipe.Having a shoulder op on 20th May, tore my right shoulder rotator cuff (mountain biking). Have been off alcohol now for 15 days trying to detox but this sounds like an awesome way to detox and for my body to be on after my operation!
    • Marietta said… May 13, 2014
      Sian, so good to hear that back pain is relieved with the tea. I have had some lower back problems and am anxious to try this as I really don't like over the counter anti-inflamatories. Thanks for writing about your relief with the tea. Best Wishes in your recovery! Marietta
  76. Caitlin said… May 24, 2014
    Thanks for the helpful post!
  77. […] there for homemade turmeric tea and the majority call for some type of sweetener. (I like this one: Meghan Telpner Turmeric Tea). Turmeric naturally has a bit of a pungent flavor so a bit of honey complements it nicely.  I, […]
  78. Renée said… July 21, 2014
    Hi Meghan, Thank you for your enthusiastic approach to nutrition and health! It's inspiring. I stumbled on this recipe while perusing your website today and thought it sounded great, but I wanted to try an "iced latté" version for summer! I brewed the tea as suggested using 1c water, strained, sweetened with honey, and then whirled it in the blender with ice and a very ripe banana. Tasty!
  79. […] to get it: Turmeric can be enjoyed as a tea or used in recipes — many Indian-inspired dishes call for turmeric. You can also buy curcumin […]
  80. […] a condiment, sprinkled over any sort of foods, and you can also make tea with it, and here’s a link to an article by Megan Telpner about Turmeric tea with a couple of great recipes you can try […]
  81. siam hong said… September 12, 2014
    Thank u so much for this turmeric tea recipe. I have been thinking how to make turmeric tea n now here it is. I am going to try it since I am a diabetic with hypertension. I always look for natural treatment. I have been drinking cinnamon tea or ginger tea but now I will try turmeric tea. thanks once again
  82. Bobbie said… September 16, 2014
    I am trying to find dosage equivalents and use directions for the raw root as opposed to the powder. I have to admit I did NOT read all 4 years of comments. Any help?
  83. joyce parkes said… September 18, 2014
    Thanks so much for the receipe which looks delicious.. I've been checking out the one that looks the most to-my-taste, and I've found it. I am unable to take anti inflams (drug style) as had a brush with mortality using naproxen and been wanting to try turmeric for arthritis and all the other good reasons. I'll let you know how it goes.. Joyce x
  84. Holistic Kishara said… October 8, 2014
    I'm in the same boat Bobbie. How can I use the raw root (and not go through 4 years of comments :) Meghan, I am at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Ottawa right now, and your name came up in class. Everyone LOVES you!!! I've had "The Undiet" for several months now and it's the first thing I recommend to all my fitness clients. I want to be just like you when I grow up ;) Thanks for being so quirky and awesomely knowledgeable!
  85. […] cinnamon + clove + nutmeg + fresh ginger (optional) + turmeric + water + raw honey +  milk sub. (Get recipe HERE) […]
  86. […] tea. I’ve long been fond of a recipe that Meghan posted several years ago in a post called Tea Time for Turmeric. At one point – about four years ago – in was in her top 3 of most popular posts of all […]
  87. Jean said… October 31, 2014
    I have been drinking turmeric tea for about five months for osteoarthritis pain and it has worked wonders. I usually boil the root with fresh ginger, cinnamon sticks, cloves, a tsp of cayenne and sweeten with honey. After the tea cools I strain and refrigerate and drink daily. I would like to know if after boiling the root if it can be used again as a paste in smoothies? Will there still be nutritional value left in the root?
  88. Carolyn said… November 14, 2014
    I was wondering what kind of turmeric do you use. Is it the same one as the turmeric in the spice section of the grocery store?
  89. Leslea Walczyk said… November 22, 2014
    Hi Meghan...just came across your blog on Tumeric tea. I have fibromyalgia and had west nile twice so the chronic pain can get very intense at times. I heard about tumeric but was unsure how to use it. I am drinking some right now but used very limited amounts to start and will build from there. I will let you know how it helps...thanks
  90. diana reese said… November 26, 2014
    I made this and it was gloppy is the only word i can think of. It was never like a tea. I added it to soy milk and it turned to sort of snot consistency. was it the soy that made it like that or one of the spices?
  91. […] to but if steeping a cup with just a hint of ginger isn’t a flavor you can handle, then try this recipe from Meghan Telpner for a more flavorful cup of […]
  92. Bluett said… December 13, 2014
    Love this tea...thanks so much! Im a colon cancer survived sice 2011 I change the way I eat juicing and eating raw veg and Fruits, One thing I couldnt fine a subs was the chai late i drink every day w almond milk. So glad I found this substitution. Can wait to try other recipes! Blessings!!!
  93. Jack Lane said… December 17, 2014
    Fresh Turmeric & Ginger (sliced), cinnamon,cayenne pepper,Nutmeg. Plus I added two cuts of fresh sugar cane Bolied then simmered for 10 mins, after straining I added acacia honey then finished off with coconut milk. Thank you for the great post :)
  94. Jonathan Lockhart said… December 18, 2014
    The only thing missing from this recipe is a bit of oil (a good half to whole teaspoon unprocessed, organic coconut oil - or olive oil if you prefer) which protects the turmeric's chemicals through the stomach, and a couple grinds of peppercorns Which increases absorption of the active chemicals by upward of 2000 percent! These are included in most "golden milk" recipes which is basically what you are making - albeit this recipe is not as effective without the two missing ingredients. :)
  95. Elle said… December 27, 2014
    I would add to what some of the folks already said, which is that turmeric has little to no benefit if you do not add black pepper. So, I love the look of the recipe, especially the ginger (mmm), but there aren't any benefits, it's scientifically proven, unless there is black pepper in it.
    • Do you have the reference for the studies? I'm allergic to black pepper so it's not an option for me- but have never read anywhere that black pepper is required for turmeric to be effective. Thanks in advance.
    • I did a quick search and still couldn't find a reference- though did see something for curcumin- when taken as a supplement needs piperine- an active component in black pepper. As a whole food, however (fresh root, or powder), the benefits of turmeric can be absorbed thanks to the naturally occurring presence of the oils. But if you have any other references, please share!
  96. Betty said… December 28, 2014
    This tea is so good. I say it is as good as a pumpkin spice latte without the coffee.This fall I had 2 surgery and 3 cortisone shots in my back for Osteoarthritis both in my neck and lower back. Afterwards I had insomnia so bad I was awake till 3-4 in the morning for about 3 weeks. In an effort to cleanse my body, around December 1st, I started drinking the tea around 6-7 pm. I was falling asleep by 9 pm and sleeping all night. My inflammation has subsided and I can function well. Using this tea this is what I have learned: Turmeric must be mixed with black pepper to be absorbed. ( ¼ cup turmeric and ½ teaspoon ground fresh whole black pepper)I just keep that mixed up and take a teaspoon when I make the tea. I didn't know I should add Coconut oil. But I do add that to my coffee. I will try it in my tea. Is there a limited amount of turmeric you should have a day? I have read and heard different things anywhere from 500 mg to 2600 mg. What can I use to make the tea. It stains my pan and it is difficult to pour the tea from the pan to my teapot without spilling it. I have a gas stove, is there a special tea pot I can use to cook it in.
  97. […] turmeric tea recipes, so I decided to make a batch last night. I worked off of this recipe here: Turmeric Tea. I really liked her recipe and how simple/easy it was. I made a larger batch (just increasing […]
  98. Ms. T said… January 8, 2015
    how much milk/ sub do you use?
  99. […] Turmeric tea – Buckwheat Pancake - […]
  100. Rose said… January 20, 2015
    Hi Meghan Thanks for the great recipe. Can I use raw milk instead of milk sub?
  101. […] a condiment, sprinkled over any sort of foods, and you can also make tea with it, and here’s a link to an article by Megan Telpner about Turmeric tea with a couple of great recipes you can try […]
  102. Melanie said… February 25, 2015
    I thought this was great. I didn't have cloves and I added a bit of black pepper as I've read it helps with absorption. I also didn't need honey or mylk. Kind of reminded me of chi tea and some detox teas I've tried. Really good!
  103. […] spice is that it helps ease pms symptoms. it’s an anti-inflammatory and natural pain killer. this turmeric tea is delicious and […]
  104. Amanda Pomrenke said… March 3, 2015
    This looks like a great recipe and I love turmeric tea - but just want to share with the group that turmeric is contraindicated for pregnant or breastfeeding women and people with bleeding disorders or those who take blood-thinning drugs.
  105. […] I drank hot turmeric tea while sitting in the icy tub – the Nutritionista Megan Telpher has a great recipe).  It’s still one of my fastest marathon times, and I seriously did it pain-free – […]
  106. Deborah Stempien said… March 22, 2015
    If I wasn't to use the root and used a good tumeric powder from whole foods market, will that do the trick? And the same for the ginger? And must you have black ground pepper, that I love? The thing is. . . If people are saying how they have the relief from this and other recipes, or just the tumeric. . . . without the black pepper. . . Then that to me is the answer right in those statements of people who say it has worked for them, and without the black pepper. With that said , it would be nice, if we could find out if this is true. And this is the first time I have heard of this. I usually just dash tumeric on or in something. But I love Teas, and especially Chai Tea. I have daily coconut oil in my diet. So no need to add to my tea. I am going to try this Tea, and make a batch for others. How long can it be stored inn your Fridge??? And to stay fresh, and insure it will still be potent with it's medical properties??? TY :)
  107. Deborah Stempien said… March 22, 2015
    Thank You! :)
  108. The Recipe is so delicious and tasty. I have tried many such similar recipes but none have worked so great for me. Thanks a lot for those detailed and step by step instructions that made it easier to get the job done in no time. I love almond milk and I am greatly fascinated by its health benefits around us. Here I also have some info regarding almond milk that will be a great value to all its readers.
  109. jeff said… April 14, 2015
    Hey Meghan, I just had a question for you, that haven't seen addressed anywhere else: is anything lost by not stovetop-ing or blending the mixture? Couldn't someone just microwave the water, and (tenaciously) stir the mixture after it's placed in? And yes, the definite subtext to this question is "i'm lazy". Many thanks, Jeff
    • You'll never find me advocating for microwave use. It negatively affects the water molecules. Throw it on your stove and simmer for 20 minutes. Set a timer and walk away. You can be just as lazy and still get the health benefits :)
  110. […] I found a basic recipe on this site: […]
  111. SD said… April 25, 2015
    Thanks! Loving this recipe, just made it for the second time in two days. I also added vanilla powder. Instead of milk I've made it bulletproof with butter and some cream and also cacao butter and blended. It's Soooo yummy! Like a super healthy chocolate chai!
  112. Elaine said… April 29, 2015
    Thanks for the recipe I am a dancer and have been struggling with pain in my wrists and shoulders for months. I've been drinking this shit at least 2 or 3 times a week and it's making such a difference!
  113. ROBIN said… June 9, 2015
    love this drink it all the time I sometimes add monk fruit sweetener when out of honey but cant get my family to drink it any suggestions?
    • Try starting with a smaller amount of turmeric and play with the spices to suit their palates. They may also enjoy this tonic a little more?
      • Ginny said… October 11, 2015
        First taste it is yummy. Will await any results, but definitely will have it again.
  114. […] Last week I shared a recipe for making Turmeric Tea – Read It Here! […]
  115. Vicky said… June 18, 2015
    Hi. I made this tea last night. How do you strain it? Coffee filters didn't work. Thanks.
  116. Helen said… July 1, 2015
    Tried it several times, LOVE IT!!!! Today I'm trying to do it in a teabag and see if that works! It hurts me too much to strain it. Yes I have pain in my hands I really hope this helps me...n
    • Rose S. said… July 29, 2015
      Helen try the turmeric tea tonic that Meghan has put together for the purpose of works WONDERS! Believe me I suffer, correction used to suffer from inflammation from my hip joints. Painful stiffness during the entire day, night and the mornings were the worse. No pain medicine nor muscle relaxer were helping anymore. These were before a rheumatologist put me through intravenous medication saying it was one of many autoimmune inflammatory diseases. We all know that drugs help with one thing but hurt or create others. In my case, my liver was damaged (but reversible), cysts throughout my body & organs, and got the flu. Stopped that medicine, yet I still needed help with my inflammation. Found the tonic and have been drinking it for a month and a half and I FELL GREAT!
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  118. Paulab said… September 7, 2015
    Hello Meghan, A co-worker suggested having turmeric, honey & either lemon or ginger combo into a tea to battle pain. I googled turmeric to learn more & get a tea blend. Up comes your site. I used your tea blend (minus cloves & "milk"). It tastes great & can't wait to see the effects.
  119. Stephen said… September 26, 2015
    Looks like the best recipe I have seen out there. Waiting for organic turmeric to arrive from Amazon. Looking forward to trying it soon.
  120. In my personal Experience ,Turmeric has many healing properties for skin. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory so it reduces redness or other skin irritations.
  121. Gary Radish said… October 22, 2015
    I can't seem to find recipe for making this tea using dried tumeric fingers. How much and how long should I steep?
  122. Holly said… November 3, 2015
    Meghan, I LOVE this recipe and am I ever glad I found it!! Delicious, most definitely!! Soothing to the max =) I use fresh turmeric and ginger root ground up in the blender for a more powerful taste. Then added coconut oil and liquid cayenne drops from your turmeric tonic recipe: super delicious!! Shared the recipe with my Jamaican mum who just loves it!! She said it really helps her aches and pains. Thank you so much!! ;-)
  123. Jeanne said… November 4, 2015
    Could this be made in a Kerug coffee maker? It would strain out the tea as it brews! I'm still going to brew it on the stove but just asking if this is possible. Can't wait to try it.
  124. Rosemary said… November 14, 2015
    Thank you all for the original recipe and comments with suggestions. I had not liked turmeric, yet I bought a fresh tuber along with some fresh ginger and was looking for ideas on how I could use it. I find this tea to be quite pleasant. It's a keeper. Thanks! BTW, I couldn't find the inflammatory turmeric tea mentioned in someone's comment. Might you send that to me?
  125. Thank you for this recipe. It was tasty. I always peel and freeze my ginger which makes it super easy to grate. I make my own almond milk ( 1 c almonds soaked in water overnight- next morning drain and rinse then blend in vitamin or blender with 4 c water.) then strain pulp thru cheesecloth and use pulp for future baking recipes. I learned a lot from and I think she would love this recipe. I used a splash of almond milk with 1 & 1/2 c water to simmer the herbs but I would use 1 c water next time. Sweetened with local honey and nunaturals stevia. Your recipe rocks! Thank you again
  126. Megan said… December 4, 2015
    Is there a reason you need to strain the tea? Is it better if you strain it?
  127. Mai Mai said… December 23, 2015
    This smells delicious as it simmers! One question: Is it normal for the turmeric & spices to turn into a kind of jelly? Is this what you're straining out?
    • The cinnamon can have this effect if it's really concentrated and depending on what kind you've used. It's all good though and very soothing.
  128. Thats nice. Turmeric tea also helps in curing cough and cold.
  129. Beverly Syfrett said… December 28, 2015
    Love the looks of your receipts!!!
  130. Coco said… January 10, 2016
    Okay, I have been trying to get turmeric into my life. This seemed like a good idea. At the end it didn't have quite the spice I wanted. I steeped it with a roobio ginger tea tea bag and added a bit more honey. Now it seems perfect. Thank you.
  131. Terri said… January 17, 2016
    Thank you!!
  132. Terri said… January 17, 2016
    I just bought a bag of organic turmeric, can't wait to try!!
  133. Marisol said… February 1, 2016
    I'd like for you to post your credentials to the page with proof that you're a nutritionist because I find that point to be highly suspect. ANY nutritionist would KNOW that turmeric is NOT an herb. It's a root. There are very SPECIFIC difference between roots, herbs, and spices. If you're getting extremely basic information incorrect how are we to trust that anything else you're saying is truthful and correct?
    • Wow! Who knew a turmeric tea recipe could inspire such outrage. Yes, whole turmeric is a root, however it is also classified as an herb in both traditional medicine and culinary applications. Since you've shown a great interest in this root, perhaps you'd enjoy further reading. Thanks for dropping by my site!
  134. Carol Ann said… February 5, 2016
    Hi Meghan, I start every day with a mug of boiled water and the juice of half a lemon which is supposed to stimulate/detox the liver. I had been told not to drink it at night because you shouldn't stimulate your liver late in the day. If the turmeric tea also stimulates the liver, should the tea be taken earlier in the day? Thank you.
    • Turmeric's primary action is not as a liver stimulant but depending on the tradition of your health care practitioner, you may get conflicting advice.

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