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Super Easy Turmeric Ginger Tea

I hope you had a chance to try my Iced Turmeric Ginger Latte. I sipped on it all summer long, even when we were in Austria visiting my father-in-law, Axel. Luckily, I managed to find a health food store in in small town Klagenfurt that sold fresh turmeric.

Now that it's getting chilly out, I'm sipping on this turmeric ginger tea. It warms you from the inside out and nourishes your whole being. Plus it's the colour of the trees right now in High Park. 

Turmeric and ginger are super healing anti-inflammatory foods. 

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You may have heard that the Okinawan people of Japan have the highest population of centenarians (people who live to one hundred years old or more). Researchers attribute this long lifespan to their diet and their lifestyle – it is truly a holistic approach. Interestingly, a very popular drink in Okinawa is turmeric tea! In fact, most stores sell powdered, ready-made turmeric tea. I think they are on to something with their love of turmeric.

Even though it's very easy to find powdered ginger and turmeric, I prefer using fresh when I can find it. 

This warming drink tastes absolutely wonderful, spicy and sweet. 

Turmeric has more known health benefits than another other botanical in modern science. Before we get to the recipe, I’ve gotta share some of them with you!

Health Benefits of turmeric

Anti-inflammatory: This is it's biggest claim to fame

Detoxifying: Stimulates phase 2 liver detox pathways.

Thins the bile: That may sound like a weird health benefit but "thinning of the bile" allows it to flow more freely through the intestines. This translates to better detoxification. Bile is a carrier of toxic waste products.

Antidepressant: Recent studies have shown that turmeric can be used to effectively treat some depressive disorders.

Blood-sugar balancing: Turmeric can help lower blood sugar levels and fight insulin resistance.

The key to getting all these health benefits is to use high-quality spices, preferably certified organic or use fresh turmeric and ginger root. 

Here is this wonderfully healing and deliciously detoxifying recipe for Turmeric Ginger Tea and a recipe video, it is so good, we had to post it on my YouTube channel.   

Ingredients
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder or 1 inch fresh turmeric root
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger or 2 inches fresh ginger root
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or coconut butter
  • Option: 1/2 cup nut milk
  • 1 tsp unpasteurized honey
Instructions
  1. Add 2 cups of boiling water to your blender.
  2. Add turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and blend.
  3. You may wish to strain the mixture into your cup with a wire mesh strainer but you don't have to if you don't mind you'll have some grit in the bottom of your cup.
  4. Add honey, coconut oil or coconut butter to your desired amount. Add coconut milk if using.

Notes

Please use all organic spices. Fresh is even better if you've got it! The recommended measurements I've provided make a potent flavour, so cut back if this is a new recipe for you! Serves 1-2

There you have it! My turmeric ginger tea. I hope you love it and it becomes a favourite recipe in your home for years to come!

And if you're reading this post from somewhere warm and you'd rather have it chilled, be sure to check out myIced Turmeric Ginger Latte. 

As you can see from the little hand, Vienna loves it too.

Have a joyous week,

Joy

69 Comments
Stephanie   •   October 25, 2016

Hi Joy, Are you willing to share the brand of spices you used for your tea? Thanks, Stephanie

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Amanda   •   October 26, 2016

I didn't have any ginger on hand so I substituted it with Cardamom. It was delicious! I was expecting this tea to be bitter, but it wasn't at all. What are the health benefits of Cardamom?

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Heather Allen   •   October 26, 2016

Hey Amanda! Sounds delicious. It offers similar health benefits as ginger: great for digestion, bloating, gas and supports the kidneys :) Enjoy! Heather- Joyous Health Team


Priti   •   October 26, 2016

Great recipe - make sure to only add the honey once the drink has slightly cooled down as honey should not be heated. My functional medicine doctor gave me the same recipe and made sure to mention that about the honey, it should never be heated, it looses nutrients. Thank you.

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Elizabeth KIng   •   October 27, 2016

Hi Joy, Just wondering what brand of spices you use? I understand with cinnamon it is best to get one from Ceylon I think it is. Is this correct? Also wondering what the difference is between collagen & gelatin as in the Great Lakes ones & if you can use them interchangeably? For instance in making a homemade jello would you only use gelatin? If so how would you use collagen? Hope that isn't confusing! Thanks, Elizabeth

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Heather Allen   •   October 27, 2016

Hi Elizabeth. Ceylon cinnamon is the "TRUE" cinnamon! Be sure to buy it from an organic company like Cha's Organics. Great Lakes Hydrolyzed Collagen is the same as the Gelatin except that it has been processed differently to allow it to dissolve in hot or cold liquids so it does not congeal when chilled. You can use them interchangeably in smoothies, add to oatmeal etc if the consistency of the final product is not an issues for you but for homemade jello and any other recipes you want to congeal, you would definitely want to use gelatin. I hope that helps! Heather- Joyous Health Team


Roula   •   October 27, 2016

can this drink be given to a child? If yes, what age and how often? Thank you

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Heather Allen   •   October 27, 2016

Hi Roula! I think this tea would be just fine for a child. I'd suggest starting off with small amounts to see how it works for them and enjoy as often as you'd like. :) Heather- Joyous Health Team


melanie amos   •   October 27, 2016

Hi Joy! We having been drinking a hot milk with turmeric, ginger and black pepper and some coconut oil once heated. My question is, I have read that you need the pepper to help to make the turmeric more efficient in the body. What is your opinion? I am going to try it with water, Thanks, Melanie

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Heather Allen   •   October 27, 2016

Hi Melanie! When using whole fresh turmeric root, you do not need to pair it with black pepper as it has synergistic compounds/nutrients that help your body use the beneficial curcuminoids found in turmeric. That's the beauty of using whole foods! I hope that helps. Enjoy :) Heather- Joyous Health Team


Janet   •   October 29, 2016

Hi Joy: So from reading the comments it seems if I am using powdered turmeric I should add some black pepper, but if I use fresh I don't have to? Also, what kind of blender doesn't explode when blending boiling water? Your first instructions sound scary to me, but the final results look delicious!

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Heather Allen   •   October 31, 2016

Hi Janet! So if the powder is truly the whole turmeric which has been properly dried and ground, black pepper is not necessary because there are other phytonutrients like “turmerones” that aid in the absorption of the curcumin. Black pepper actually modulates the activity of P450 detox enzymes and this is why the absorption of curcumin is increased (but again, it’s not necessary when the whole food is eaten). And inhibiting these enzymes is not necessarily a good thing because you may also absorb more toxins or if you take any Rx then it may not be properly detoxified and stay in the blood stream longer. The key message is that when using the whole food or a high quality turmeric supplement or powder the pepper is not necessary. I hope that clarifies things. I find that my Vitamix doesn't explode when blending hot liquids, but any blender could work! Just be sure to start blending slowly and allow some of the steam to escape during the process by venting the lid a bit. I hope that helps! Heather- Joyous Health Team


Candice   •   November 4, 2016

Hi there! Is this safe to drink during pregnancy ? Looks delish :)

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Heather Allen   •   November 4, 2016

Hey Candice! It sure is. Turmeric supplements are not recommended during pregnancy because they are super high doses but fresh or dried powder turmeric is perfectly fine. Enjoy! Heather- Joyous Health Team


Kate Boynton   •   November 4, 2016

I made this tea last night and it was AMAZING!! Stopped my craving for a sweet after dinner. Thank you.

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Heather Allen   •   November 4, 2016

So glad you liked it!!!! Heather- Joyous Health team


Leanne   •   November 4, 2016

Hello joy, Love your recipes and blog! My naturopath just told me to look up Golden milk and drink daily for digestion issues, love the look of this one! If I was to instead use fresh, do you peel off the skin or grate it all? Also is it necessary to grate it, or just add small pieces to vitamix? If I was to double this recipe would it overflow the vitamix, maybe I should make everyone a separate drink? thanks for all you do for all of us!

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Heather Allen   •   November 7, 2016

Hi Leanne! If using fresh, you don't have to peel it if it's organic and can totally just throw the chopped up pieces in the vitamix. If it's conventionally grown, I highly recommend peeling it first. Most Vitamix's can handle 4 cups of water so feel free to make a double batch! Enjoy :) Heather- Joyous Health Team


MaryKay Monson   •   November 5, 2016

I just mixed up the tumeric ginger tea, it is fabulous!

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jane   •   November 7, 2016

Is the coconut oil necessary? I recently read that coconut oil has a high saturated fat content that raises the body's LDL cholesterol. Is its purpose in the tea to help dissolve the cinnamon and tumeric?

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Rachel   •   November 7, 2016

Mmmm....delicious!! Just tried it and I love it! Thank you for bringing another wonderful thing to my life ??

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Lise   •   January 28, 2017

So good....so relaxing! It feels like a walk in the park. It has this calming affect on me. Thank you!

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Walker Jordan   •   January 31, 2017

Glad you enjoyed Lise!


Devbabbar   •   February 17, 2017

Thank you for sharing it.This is easy

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Rachel   •   February 17, 2017

So glad you enjoyed this one too! :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Amber   •   February 17, 2017

I just made this. It is so delicious and I cannot believe how EASY it was. Thank you for sharing. This will be a regular drink for me.

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Rachel   •   February 21, 2017

Hey Amber! I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed it and found it so simple too! Now you can enjoy the anti-inflammatory benefits on the daily :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Elaine   •   March 9, 2017

Hi! Where do you get your organic ground tumeric if I could ask. I'm looking for a high-quality tumeric to help fight cdiff. Thanks!

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Rachel Molenda   •   March 10, 2017

Hey Elaine! Joy uses Cha's Organics which you find over here: http://chasorganics.com/products/turmeric-ground-30-g :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


barbara carroll   •   March 11, 2017

I have tried this and cannot drink it. I think it is the turmeric flavour I do not like. I have tried it several times and cannot drink it again. Suggestions? Barbara

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Rachel Molenda   •   March 13, 2017

Hey Barbara! Fair enough :) Turmeric takes some time to grow a liking to if you don't like it right off the bat. I would suggest using a smaller amount of turmeric to start off with and using a bit more raw honey. If you can't reduce the amount of turmeric anymore, try increasing the amount of cinnamon and ginger. Hope that helps! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Nicole   •   March 12, 2017

Is this ok to drink while breastfeeding? I know some detox methods should be avoided.

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Rachel Molenda   •   March 13, 2017

Hi Nicole!nnYes, definitely. This one of the more gentle detoxifying foods and you aren't having it in excess amounts so certainly! Joy continues to drink this while breastfeeding and did so during her pregnancy as well :)nnRachel - Joyous Health Team


Carol   •   March 14, 2017

If you are having your turmeric tea everyday, can you make up a large amount ahead of time and just reheat it instead of having to get the blender and ingredients out everyday. Also, if you are using the actual ginger and turmeric root, how much of it do you use and do you just pop the whole thing in the blender? Carol

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Rachel Molenda   •   March 15, 2017

Hey Carol, We'd recommend having it fresh as much as possible. When we cut the turmeric or ginger open, it becomes oxidized which decreases it's nutrient value slightly. Now if preparing it in advance is what's going to get you to drink it more frequently, by all means, go for it :) But if you're looking to get the most nutrition out of a certain food, it's best to enjoy it fresh. For this recipe, you can use 1 inch of fresh turmeric root and 2 inches of fresh ginger root. Hope that helps! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Yvette   •   March 17, 2017

I'm allergic to coconut, is there an alternative that I can use in its place?

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Rachel Molenda   •   March 17, 2017

Hey Yvette! For sure - almond milk would work just as great! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


jen   •   March 23, 2017

Hello there! Love all the recipes online

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Rachel Molenda   •   March 24, 2017

Hey Jen! Thanks so much :) So glad you're enjoying them! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Gwendolyn   •   March 27, 2017

Hi Joy! I'm wondering if I don't have a vitamix, if I could still use a blender for this recipe, say, a ninja bullet? Or would I just be better off adding these ingredients into boiling water on the stove? Thank you!

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Rachel Molenda   •   March 28, 2017

Hey Gwendolyn! This would definitely work in a Ninja Bullet blender! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Lucy   •   March 27, 2017

Hi Joy, Do you have a video on the recipe with fresh ingredients and using a nut milk? Do you heat the nut milk?

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Rachel Molenda   •   March 28, 2017

Hey Lucy! nnAre you asking about a video of how to make the Turmeric Ginger Tea? If so, you can find that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wFXsl5kHDI


maguireadelaide   •   March 29, 2017

Health benefits of turmeric are countless. We all know that turmeric has been used to treat various kinds of problems and this is a very common ingredient in every Indian house hold. It is not only used to enhance the taste of your food but it can also help you to treat any kind of problem.

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Rachel Molenda   •   March 29, 2017

Yes, so true! Well said :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Silvia   •   April 18, 2017

Hi Joy

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Rachel Molenda   •   April 18, 2017

Hey Silvia! Thanks so much for stopping by :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Silvia   •   April 19, 2017

Oh, I wrote question but it disappeared :( Please is it ok to drink this tea in the evening (because of sleep?) Or do you suggest drink tea before lunch? Thank you :)

Rachel Molenda   •   April 19, 2017

Oh no! Well happy you were able to post it again :) Yes, you could drink it at anytime of the day. There's nothing in this that is overly stimulating. I hope that helps! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Gillian   •   May 1, 2017

Hi, I made this tea tonight using fresh ingredients but I don't have a blender to use so I just steeped it all in my teapot. It tasted lovely but I'm wondering if I'll get the same health benefits from steeping?

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Rachel Molenda   •   May 2, 2017

Hey Gillian, For sure! You may not get as much as blending it and consuming the whole turmeric root, however you will be able to extract a lot of the key vitamins and minerals simply by steeping it :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Gillian   •   May 2, 2017

I used my rasp grater this morning and grated the fresh ginger and turmeric so I could consume more of it! One more question...some reciepes called for simmering the turmeric for 10-20 minutes, do I need to do that or is steeping for 5min enough?

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Rachel Molenda   •   May 3, 2017

Hey Gillian, Amazing! Great idea :) The main benefit of steeping it longer would be to ensure you're extracting all of the healing properties out of it. But I would say 5-10 minutes would give you a sufficient amount! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Velma   •   May 30, 2017

My tea turns out a dark color It's never been like the beautiful golden yellow.

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Rachel Molenda   •   May 30, 2017

Hey Velma, That's quite normal :) It might vary depending on whether you're using the actual root, the powder and the brand of the powder. It will likely always taste the same across the board though! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Shawna   •   July 23, 2017

Hi there. The tea is delicious. It did, however, leave a stain in my blender jar. Any hints or tips to remove it? Thanks!

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Rachel Molenda   •   July 24, 2017

Hey Shawna, This is going to sound a bit crazy, but leave it out in the sun :) The UV rays will zap it away! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Antoinette Lavallee   •   September 6, 2017

Can I replace coconut I'm allergic

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Rachel Molenda   •   September 7, 2017

Hey Antoinette, Definitely! Almond milk or hemp milk would work as well, it just may not be as creamy as the coconut! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Antoinette Lavallee   •   September 6, 2017

How often can I detox

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Rachel Molenda   •   September 7, 2017

Hey Antoinette, You are detoxing every single day at every single moment, believe it or not (your organs do this for you!)! Joy's whole philosophy around detoxing is not saving it for the New Year or a specific occasion, but doing little things every single day to promote your body's natural detoxification systems. You can learn more about this in her book, Joyous Detox: https://www.joyoushealth.com/5-books-joyous-detox Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Kelly   •   October 12, 2017

It stained my VITAMIX 😭

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Rachel Molenda   •   October 12, 2017

Hey Kelly, No worries at all! A baking soda rinse should do the trick. Or you can try putting it outside and exposing it to UV Rays. It sounds silly, but it actually zaps them away! :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Kelly   •   October 31, 2017

How does the tea come out of your blender all creamy looking, as if you already put the coconut milk? Mine comes out a muddy mess. I tried this this morning with fresh tumeric and ginger..then another batch with powdered. Fresh is definitely better.

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Rachel Molenda   •   October 31, 2017

Hey Kelly! Did you use the required 2 cups of boiling water and strain it? I wonder if that might be the issue for you? Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Michelle   •   November 11, 2017

I made this this morning, it’s delicious for this chilly morning! Any tips on how to get the turmeric stain out of the vitamix?

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Joy McCarthy   •   November 13, 2017

Put half a lemon in it with hot water and blend. I also put it in my dishwasher from time to time (the vitamix that is) and it really cleans it. In the summer, leave it in the sun, it will burn off the staining. Hope that helps!


Kelly   •   November 22, 2017

Is it okay to have this tea every day? It's awesome! It also seems to have helped with PMS symptoms! :)

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Rachel Molenda   •   November 23, 2017

Hey Kelly, That's amazing! So happy to hear that. You can definitely have it every day :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


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