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
  • 4 oz (about 4”) fresh ginger root
  • 2 Tablespoons Chai spices – (or 2 teaspoons of black peppercorns and 4 cinnamon sticks)
  • Juice of 4 lemons
  • 3 tablespoons of honey (or to taste)
  • Coconut oil – optional – (1/2 teaspoon per serving) **


As a cool drink –

  1. Fill saucepan with water.
  2. Scrub (you don’t need to peel) the ginger and turmeric roots
  3. Chop turmeric and ginger root into about ¼ inch pieces
  4. Add turmeric, ginger, and chai spices to the water.
  5. Bring to a boil and then simmer, gently, for about 1 ½ hours.
  6. Turn off heat and let cool in pan.
  7. When cool, strain into a glass container
  8. Add lemon and honey
  9. Keep refrigerated and drink 4-6 oz every morning.

As a warm tea –

  1. Steps 1-7 remain the same.
  2. When ready to drink, gently warm 4-6 oz of the “tea”. Add juice of ¼ – ½ lemon. Stir in ½ – 1 teaspoon of honey.
  3. Add ½ teaspoon of coconut oil, if desired*.


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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