Turmeric & Ginger Tea Recipe

One of my favorite life giving drinks is turmeric and ginger tea. Whenever I see fresh turmeric root at the store (usually someplace like Whole Foods or Sprout's), I grab a handful and brew up fresh batches daily. Turmeric and ginger have broad antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, and studies have shown turmeric is great for heart and brain health too. Sign me up! AND...it couldn't be easier to make.

Tumeric and Ginger Tea Very Sarie
Tumeric and Ginger Tea Very Sarie

I start by grating equal parts turmeric and ginger root with my micro-plane grater. It's not an exact science- generally, I use about 3-4 tbls each for a small pot of tea.

Tumeric and Ginger Tea Very Sarie

Add the grated ginger and turmeric to hot water and steep for 5-6 minutes. I love using my Bodum tea pot for brewing so I don't have to strain after brewing. 

Tumeric and Ginger Tea Very Sarie

After steeping for a few minutes, squeeze some lemon into the pot. (Depending on the juiciness of the lemon, I use 1/2- 1 lemon.) This part reminds me of a science experiment because the color changes from a deep orange to a bright sunshine yellow once the lemon is added. 

If you like your tea sweet, you can also add a tablespoon or two of honey at this point. That's it! It's also refreshing if you let it cool and drink over ice too. 

And one last note- turmeric does stain, so be careful where you grate/chop it, and be sure to wipe it up right away. (Especially on white or porous surfaces.)