Recipe – Turmeric Tonic (or Tea)

Prep Time

5 Minutes

Cooking Time

2 hours


6 servings


  • 4 cups water
  • 4 oz (about 4”) fresh turmeric root, scrubbed, not peeled
  • 4 oz (about 4”) fresh ginger root, scrubbed, not peeled
  • Juice of 4 lemons
  • Honey – to taste
  • Chai spices – to taste (or at least a bit of black or white pepper to taste)*
  • Coconut oil – optional – (1/2 – 1 teaspoon per serving)**


As a cool drink –

  1. Fill saucepan with water.
  2. Chop the ginger and turmeric roots into 1″ pieces and add to water.
  3. Bring to a boil, turn down heat and simmer, gently, for about 1 ½ – 2 hours.
  4. Turn off heat and let cool in pan.
  5. When cool, strain into a glass container.
  6. Add the lemon juice honey and chai spices or pepper* (omit the coconut oil)**
  7. Keep refrigerated and drink 5-6 oz every morning.

As a hot tea –

  1. Steps 1-5 remain the same.
  2. When ready to drink, gently warm 4-5 oz of the “tea”.
  3. Add juice of ½ lemon.
  4. Stir in 1 teaspoon of honey, chai spices or pepper* and coconut oil.**


When it’s warm, it makes a nice, warming start to your winter morning, or a warming bedtime drink on a cold winter night.

*If you’re not using chai spices, you do want to add pepper to help the turmeric absorb into the system.

**The coconut oil will solidify if used in the cold drink – so not really a good option for that. If drinking cold, try to have with something that does have a little fat in it (a nut or two!) to help the turmeric absorb in your system.

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