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Turmeric Ginger Tea with Lemon & Honey

This tea, made with ingredients that provide antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties, may help to reduce inflammation, support your immune system, ease pain and reduce nausea. Delicious hot or cold!
Turmeric – This bright yellow member of the ginger family has a long list of health benefits due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Add it to soups, sauces, eggs, salad dressing, rice and pasta dishes – it has a strong colour but not a strong taste.
Ginger – Fresh ginger contains several phytonutrients that may help to reduce inflammation and protect against cancer:  Fresh ginger may also help with to reduce nausea and vomiting whether due to treatment, motion sickness or the flu.
Prep & Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Beverages
Servings: 4 cups


  • 1 tsp ground turmeric powder (or 1 tbsp grated fresh turmeric)
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • Ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 4 cups water

For each 1 cup serving, add:

  • The juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp honey (to taste)

Optional ingredients

  • Add cinnamon, cardamom and /or cloves while simmering for a chai-like tea


  • Combine turmeric, ginger, pepper and water in a pot on the stove. Gently bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer gently for 10-15 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly (covered) and then strain through a fine-mesh strainer.
  • For each 1 cup serving, add lemon juice and a bit of raw honey just before drinking.
  • Enjoy as a soothing hot tea or as a refreshing cold tea (pour over ice cubes in a glass and garnish with lemon slices and a cinnamon stick)
  • Store any extra in a covered glass jar in the fridge.

Golden Turmeric Milk

  • In place of all or part of the water, use milk or milk alternative to make a soothing, warm turmeric milk. (Leave out the lemon juice.)


Photo by An Nguyen