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Turmeric Tea Recipe | Anti-Inflammatory Tonic

 

And here I have for you, a brand shiny and new spice infused turmeric tea recipe using loads of anti-inflammatory herbs to keep inflammation down and the immune system healthy. One of the most popular posts and recipes I’ve ever written (besides the ditty on Arbonne), was a sleeper hit about an anti-inflammatory turmeric tea recipe I had been introduced to while running a retreat in St. Lucia. And for great reason! Inflammation is running wild in our bodies these days, leading to all kinds of seemingly disconnected symptoms, from joint pain to food allergies to digestive troubles. Turmeric’s active ingredient curcumin is one of nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatory herbs.

With the holidays upon us, I thought I’d kick it old school nutritionista-style and remind you that while living the Awesome Life is about more than just we eat – what we eat still counts a whole heaping spoonful of a lot. And so, I present to you the benefits of this simple and delicious tonic, now upgraded with the addition of loads more powerful herbs.

Turmeric Spice

The Health Benefits of Turmeric

  • Antioxidant: Curcumin has the ability to quench free radicals that can cause mutation in our DNA.
  • Cancer Preventative: The cancer-causing effects of cigarette smoke, barbequing, and smoke of any kind are suppressed by curcumin.
  • Anti-Inflammatory: Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory powers are as effective as phenylbutazone and cortisone without the side effects.
  • Liver Protective: Curcumin has been shown to have a protective effect on the liver and is incredibly effective at increasing bile release, which helps with fat digestion.
  • Super Brain Function: Curcumin greatly reduces the rate of mental decline.
  • Kills the Bad Guys: Curcumin has anti-microbial properties that fight the nasty guys such as Clostridium, Streptococcus, Entamoeba histolytica, and several pathogenic fungi.

Most often, we enjoy turmeric when flavouring (and gorgaliciously colouring) our favourite Indian curries. Turmeric is what gives these dishes that orange glow (and it unfortunately stains your counters and blender). You can also find it as a whole root, if you’re lucky to live somewhere where that’s available, but most often I use the dried, powdered version.

Turning Turmeric Tea Into A Tonic

Turmeric Tea Tonic Latte Ingredients

To craft up this new powerhouse drink, I added some other top notch anti-inflammatory herbs to the mix including cloves, cardamom seeds, goji berries and a pinch of cayenne. I tossed in the power fat hemp seeds for their anti-inflammatory omega 3s, as well as organic clarified butter (also known as ghee) for its gut-healing and nervous system-fueling medium chain saturated fats.

Fat is a pretty important part of any herbal tonic. See, herbs have different medicinal components to them, some of which are water soluble and others that are fat soluble. When you add a shlop of fat to your herbal bevvys, you’re getting the best of both worlds – the full medicinal kapow. And you could always use coconut oil if you kick it vegan.

I sweetened the brew with a little dollop of raw honey. This is truly culinary nutrition at its very, very best – something that tastes super amazing, and fuels every cell of your body with bullet proof health.

Turmeric Tea Recipe

The colour of this blend is something super special!

Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Tea

And this, my friends, is the new and improved, next level, bullet proof Turmeric Tea Tonic recipe. Drink it in the best health ever!

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Turmeric Tea Recipe

Turmeric Tea Tonic


  • Author: Meghan Telpner
  • Prep Time: 3 mins
  • Total Time: 3 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x

Description

An anti-inflammatory elixir for immune health.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1/2 tsp up to 1 tsp turmeric (work your way up!)
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom seeds
  • 1/2 tsp whole cloves or 1/4 tsp ground
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1 Tbsp Goji Berries
  • 2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Ghee or Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp honey, or to taste

Instructions

Blender Method

  1. Place all ingredients in your high speed venting blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour through a fine mesh sieve and enjoy.

Stove Top Method

  1. Place water, turmeric, cardamon seeds, cloves, cayenne and goji berries into a pot and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Strain out liquid and allow it to cool, then blend with hemp seeds, ghee and honey. You may choose to put this back on the stove to heat to desired sipping temperature.
  • Category: Drinks + Smoothies

 

74 Responses to “Turmeric Tea Recipe | Anti-Inflammatory Tonic”

  1. Rose said…
    Hi there...I'm a little confused. Is this a meal replacement tea or an "add on"? I see that the recipe includes hemp seeds (protein), so that's why I'm wondering if it's in place of a meal., or perhaps rather, a meal in itself - maybe breakfast? Love your blog, Megs!
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Hi Rose- I can have this as a light breakfast but most often it's my mid-morning treat. It really depends on the individual.
  2. sarah said…
    This looks great! I'm interested in your use of cayenne in an anti-inflammatory concoction. I thought that peppers were inflammatory and not recommended for people with arthritis. Can you enlighten me? I'd love to add nightshades back in!
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Cayenne is typically an exception. It is used in very small amounts and can help increase circulation and also support digestion.
      • sarah said…
        Thanks!
  3. Lontier said…
    I'm a fan of turmeric tea, but this really takes it to a totally new level! I absolutely love a great display of culinary nutrition...can't wait to try it out. Thanks for the recipe!
  4. Rose said…
    Hi again Meghan, thanks for getting back to me earlier about making this for a mid morning treat. I did make it and it's delish!! However, I cut back the honey to half of the recipe amount and found it sweet enough for my taste. I enjoyed it so much that I quadrupled the recipe and have a jug of it in the fridge to do me for a while. Happy holidays!
  5. Patricia said…
    Wonderful..ill give it a go. Have tried it eith the root? I an using so much of this spice in as msny dishes as I can.
  6. sarah said…
    Hey...what is the "secret super powered ingredient" that will be big in 2015? Cloves?
  7. Patricia said…
    Hi, this recipe sounds great. I am new to turmeric and tonics, I am building my ingredients cupboard for healthful recipes. I have Chia Seeds (also used as an antioxidant) for a Granola recipe a friend gave me. Can Chia Seeds be substituted for the Hemp Seed in this Turmeric Tea Tonic? Thanks!! from Virginia.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      They can't be. It would be a completely different texture as hemp seeds blend up super smooth and creamy, chia seeds are much thicker and have a gelatinous quality to them.
  8. Mary said…
    Is the Cardamon used as whole seeds or in the ground form I am assuming it is in the ground form but want to make sure. Thanks
  9. DaNaze said…
    If I am using fresh raw organic turmeric with fresh ginger for tea how many little slices would you suggest I use? No one knows how it converts or how much to use. I also take about 2600 grams in capsule form. Thank you.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Typically- the recommendation when converting dry amounts of herbs to fresh, you'd use twice the amount. For example, for 1 tsp of dried turmeric powder, you'd use 2 tsps of fresh. That being said- as you're also taking a supplement, you may want to check with the practitioner who recommended to the supplement.
  10. Oh my...SO delicious :-)
  11. Carolyn said…
    Hi Meghan, Happy (almost!) New Year! I've just made the tea and it was so tasty! The hemp seeds really make the difference, with their dairy-like creaminess. A few questions.... I am a bit worried about putting turmeric in the plastic container of my baby (a.k.a. my Vitamix!) in terms of discolouring. I didn't do it this time (added it to glass after) but any thoughts? Also, is it an idea to brush one's teeth after drinking? I'm just wondering about how much it can stain if you drink this on a regular basis. Finally, is it okay to make this up in advance (e.g., to take to work) and reheat? It would be interesting to have a "base" mix, where I could just add water... Thanks!
    • Krista said…
      I am curious about the Vitamix staining too. I prefered my old glass blender for this reason.
    • Margarita Koester said…
      I was curious about the questions posed in Carolyn's post. Meg can you reply about the dental staining if you drink the tonic on a regular basis?
      • Michelle Connely said…
        I too would like to know about it staining teeth, and about making it in advance and just putting the 'mix' to hot water. I don't do any forms of milk, even coconut or almond, so this recipe intrigues me because it doesn't have milk. Looking forward to making it tonight after I go buy the ingredients!
        • Meghan Telpner said…
          The simmering helps draw out the medicinal benefits. It's not really a mix you can just stir in to hot water.
  12. Kylie said…
    Agree with the previous "poster" Carolyn, would be great to make up a big batch to have handy when the moment arises! Would be very interested in this progression. Thanks Meghan, absolutely love your work !
  13. June said…
    THis was delicious!
  14. Shelley said…
    love love love this tonic....it was yummy.
  15. Tiffany said…
    So great! Will definitely try this out. I'd like to pose a related question: I have some ginger tea and was wondering if I could just spoon a bit of the tumeric and stir it in (the ginger tea is pre-made).
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  17. Jennifer said…
    This was like a warm hug in my tummy...thanks Meghan!
  18. […] growing their own, you know you’re in the right place. I happened upon this epic stash of the mighty turmeric drying out. Are we all speaking the same language now, or […]
  19. AB said…
    This was my first turmeric tea and it was mighty delicious. Creamy, filling, spicy, and beautifully golden yellow. Thanks chica!
  20. Berber said…
    Hi, this recipe sounds delicious. I have a question though; I thought turmeric should always be combined with black pepper in order to get the health benefits. Does cayenne help absorb the turmeric in our bodies too? (because I would prefer cayenne!)
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  22. Dee Trask said…
    I finally made this tea, and it is delicious! What a healthy, happy cup of goodness! Thanks, Meghan!
  23. Carrie said…
    Would I be able to put the dry ingredients in a loose tea bag and let it steep so I can skip the straining step? Or is there a benefit of putting it in the blender? Thanks!
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Many of the constituents are directly soluble in water- you may end up with a very weak tea. Alternately, you could simmer the herbs together as an option.
  24. Fey said…
    Very interesting. I am wondering if you can give any references to support the health claims you site. I really enjoy these types of teas but am having trouble finding any evidence that they provide the benefits claimed by the large number of websites promoting them. Thanks.
    • Cindy said…
      You only need search "Benefits of Turmeric (Curcumin)" to see tons of research and studies.
  25. Nancy said…
    Couldn't sleep due to overall discomfort in most all joints. It is now 3am, but started making this tea at 2:30 and have finished the cup I made. Feeling much better now! (still some discomfort, but tolerable and some joints no longer hurt... hallelujah!)
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  27. Rose S. said…
    Can I substitute cayenne for cinnamon?
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      You can make this however you like! Whatever tastes great to you is the best way to enjoy it!
  28. Rose S. said…
    Sorry, substitute the cayenne with cinnamon?
  29. Cindy said…
    Thank you for the recipe. I agree with one poster that you MUST add black pepper to the mix. Human and animal studies show that most curcumin is metabolized before it can be absorbed. In one study, 20mg of piperine (the active ingredient in Black pepper) was added to 2 g of curcumin and the bioavailablity increased 2000%! So, the two must go together.
  30. Cindy said…
    PS..... I didn't mean to say that black pepper was COMPLETELY made of piperine. It's not. But I did the math. Converting 1 tsp Curcumin to grams is 5 grams. So using the figures in my original post of the study where 20mg of piperine was added to 2gm of Curcumin, for the recipe above, you'd need to add 50 mg of piperine to your tea if using 1 tsp of Curcumin. Since you'd have to add a lot of black pepper to your drink to get 50 mg of piperine, I'd stick with an extract of piperine. The problem is....piperine has been found to increase the absorption of ANY supplement or medicine you take. By up to 20% or more, per some studies. It was found to increase the bioavailabilty of COQ10 by 30%.... so you have to be careful.. Personally, I'd NOT take a full 50mg. I did read that regular black pepper contains only 5-9% of piperine... if that info helps anyone. Ha...the more I read, the more I'm finding out: Just one article said that any amount of piperine over 15mg will begin to start affecting the absorption of your supplements and medicines, so you're supposed to start low (5-10mg) and see how it goes with your supplements and meds. If you take it regularly, you will need to possibly reduce some of your meds..... Finally, I read...and I agree....that it's best to take piperine far away from your medicines, but WITH your vit C, COQ10, etc.... After all that....i'd probably, myself. just use 5-10mg of a piperine extract in my tea...and I would drink it at the end of the day, away from my Armour Thyroid med.
    • Rose S. said…
      It seems piperine comes in capsules named "bioperine". Is this the same? Does anyone know if it can be bought loose by the weight? This tonic works wonders!
  31. Rose S. said…
    Meghan - do you have a tea tonic for constipation? For my husband. Probiotics help occasionally. To be on stool softeners constantly would be dangerous, I think. He is just frustrated. He just wants relief and for things to come out smooth. ;)
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Have you checked out this post: http://www.meghantelpner.com/blog/7-ways-to-reduce-constipation-meghan-tv/ There are a few suggestions in there that may be effective for your husband. It all depends on the root cause of his constipation.
      • Rose S. said…
        Oh wow learning so much from you and your guest, Mr. Gitalis. Thanks.
  32. Mandi said…
    Is there anything that can be substituted for the hemp seeds? I'd love to make this for my husband (recently diagnosed with UC) but he's in the Army. I've read that it's possible to test positive on a drug test after eating hemp seeds. The Army loves their random drug testing so I'd rather not chance it with him...
  33. Resi said…
    hi - could I make this in Bulk? i.e. if I aim for a cup a day - make a whole week supply and keep in the fridge? Thanks, R
  34. Pushpa said…
    I made this tea and it was absolutely delicious! I also added a 2" piece of Cinnamon to the water. I used the stove top method. I see a lot of recipe calls for coconut oil. I am from South America and we never use coconut oil for cooking. It mainly used as a beauty product - hair and body. Also I read in a Natural Medicinal Cures book not to use Coconut oil, Palm oil and Palm kernel oil for cooking, since it has the most saturated fat - what is your take on this?
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Saturated fats are the most stable for high heat cooking so go forth. It's all good!
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Oh and if you want to read more on it, check out the book Big Fat Surprise.
  35. Jo Hassan said…
    Hi Meghan, Thank you for this recipe. I am wanting to Tumeric tea and I searched a few different recipes. I have seen elsewhere a paste recipe for Tumeric tea and I was wondering if the same could be done with your recipe? Do you know if anyone has tried to make it? If so what was the result and what is the ratio? I will be going away with no option to make the tea, hence my interest in the paste?
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      I'm not sure what you are referring to. A turmeric paste? I am not familiar with that. Probably best to follow that one if that's what you are wanting.
      • Jo said…
        Rather than making the brew each time, having it on hand already to go adding honey to it etc. I saw it elsewhere but yours sound more delicious, so I wondered if you had done anything like that. Thanks. I might experiment
        • Meghan Telpner said…
          Afraid not! But if you do, let me know how it turns out for you.
        • Jennifer said…
          I believe you're referring to golden paste, which is used to make golden milk. They are similar recipes, but different as the base is a milk vs a water and slight variations on the spices used.
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  37. Katrina said…
    This was delicious! How often do you drink this? Daily?
  38. Great article on Turmeric,i have been on a Turmeric and Ginger powder Tea for years with great results.So I take this daily: 4 cups of water into a small pot and bring it to a boil on the stove.Add 1 tsp of Turmeric and 1 tsp of Ginger Powder to the boiling water and reduce to simmer for 8-10 minutes.Strain the tea into a cup.Add honey to taste and a slice of lemon or a shot of concentrated lemon juice to make it more palatable.Fantastic results,drink it daily,your body will thank you. I'll have this on my blog soon.
  39. Misty said…
    Is this a 'drink right away" recipe or can a batch be made and refrigerated?
  40. Ariel said…
    Carob powder, honey ( I used honey with the comb in) pumpkin seed butter and bee pollen. Mix together and eat like a truffle! Something about the flavour of the carob matches up well with the bee pollen
    • Ariel said…
      oops, this comment was supposed to be on your bee pollen page! Sorry!
  41. Patty said…
    Hi again Meghan It's me again. I tried to post once before and so far I yet to see anything back. I hope I didn't say anything that would not get a reply. I really want to try this but want to know if it is okay to drink near bedtime or if it will interfere with my sleep if I did. I hope to get a reply soon. Thanks

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