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How to Make Turmeric Tea to Boost Your Immune System

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Today, I’m sharing how to make Turmeric Tea. This delightfully light beverage is an antioxidant powerhouse that will give your immune system a boost to help ward off colds and flu.

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The Power of Turmeric

The turmeric root looks very similar to ginger, but when you slice it open, the inside of the root appears orange like a carrot. You can use the turmeric root as is, or you can grind and dry it into a powder that is commonly used in cooking.

Thanks to scientists, we know that turmeric contains curcuminoids, and these curcuminoids have medicinal properties. The most powerful curcuminoid in turmeric is curcumin. To learn more about how curcumin boosts your health, read the introduction of the following article

What Does Curcumin Do?

Curcumin has potent anti-inflammatory effects and is also an antioxidant. These antioxidants fight against oxidation in the body that can cause damage at the cellular level.

Curcumin helps to clear respiratory infections, suppress coughs, and build overall immunity, which is especially important during cold and flu season. And what better way to take curcumin than in the former of a nice hot cup of Turmeric Tea! To learn more about the effects of curcumin on your immune system, read the following article:

What’s the Role of Black Pepper?

Curcumin provides us with many beneficial features, but it has one drawback. It can be difficult for us to absorb. But that’s where black pepper comes to the rescue! When you ingest turmeric—and its main beneficial ingredient, curcumin—you’ll want to include a bit of black pepper with it.

Black pepper contains an ingredient called piperine. And piperine enhances curcumin absorption in the body by up to 2,000%! To learn more about this ingredient, read the following articles:

Curcumin is also fat-soluble, so in addition to combining it with black pepper, it’s also a good idea to take it with a meal that contains fat like butter or ghee. To learn more about how these ingredients work well together, read the following article:

Making Turmeric Tea

Making Turmeric Tea is so easy because the basic recipe contains only four ingredients. Well, five, if you count the water! 😉

But an attractive feature about having this basic recipe in your repertoire is that you can customize it any way you like. As I describe in my printable recipe, you can add a whole host of herbs and spices to boost its immune building properties further.

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How to Make Turmeric Tea

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Yield: 2 12-ounce servings
Make this healing tea using ground turmeric powder or fresh turmeric root.


  • Small saucepan
  • Small strainer


  • 1 tsps Ground turmeric Or 1 tbsp. grated fresh turmeric root
  • 16 Whole black peppercorns Or 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 2 tsps Honey, preferably raw


  • Pour 3 cups of water into a saucepan.
  • Add turmeric and black pepper to the saucepan.
  • Whisk the mixture together, heat over high heat, and bring to a boil.
  • Turn heat down to the lowest setting and cover. Allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the saucepan from heat and remove the lid from the saucepan to allow your turmeric tea mixture to cool slightly for about 2-3 minutes.
  • For two servings, divide the lemon juice between two heat-proof mugs and add a teaspoon of honey to each mug.
  • Divide your turmeric tea between each mug and stir well. Enjoy!



VARIATIONS: The recipe above is for a basic Turmeric Tea. You may customize your tea by adding any herbs and spices that you like.  Here are some variations that I like.
To the saucepan when adding the turmeric and black pepper, you can also add the following:
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon or 8 crushed cardamom pods
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or 4-3″ cinnamon sticks (preferably Ceylon cinnamon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger or 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
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Course: Beverages
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Immune Boosters, Turmeric Tea
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  1. Madison says:

    5 stars
    How long will the turmeric tea last in the refrigerator? Thank you so much! I love your channel and have learned so much from you.

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Madison, Great question! I would suspect that it would stay fresh tasting and potent for about a few weeks or so. Hope this helps. Love, Mary

  2. Theresa Berry says:

    5 stars
    Very helpful when I’m fighting a cold!

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Theresa, So happy this can help! Love, Mary

  3. Lindita says:

    5 stars
    Amazing Advice Thank you.

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Oh, Lindita! Thank so much for the kind words! So glad you’re here!

      Love and God Bless,

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