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This Turmeric Tea is a blend of green tea, turmeric root, ginger root fennel seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and lemon juice. It’s intended to be sipped throughout the day – assisting the body and organs to flush out toxins while revving up the metabolism.
It was inspired by an Ayurvedic detox tea in Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar’s book called The Hot Belly Diet – A 30-day plan to reset your metabolism and restore your body’s natural balance to heal itself.
If you are going caffeine-free, you can use an herbal tea (like tulsi, chamomile, mint or ginger) instead of green tea. Sometimes I will use yerba matte, white tea or black tea instead of green tea, and other whole spices ( like a cinnamon stick, whole clove, cardamom) just to mix it up a bit.
Please use this and adapt it to your taste.
Ingredients in Ayurvedic Turmeric Tea
- Turmeric Root – I love using fresh sliced turmeric root, but feel free to use a little ground to taste.
- Ginger root- Fresh ginger gain is nice, but feel free to add ground ginger.
- Fennel Seeds –optional but good for metabolism.
- Cumin Seeds– optional but good for metabolism.
- Coriander Seeds–optional but good for metabolism.
- Green tea- feel free to sub chamomile, tulsi, mint, or yerba.
- Lemon- a fresh squeeze of lemon, amplifies green tea’s health benefits.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda originates from India, over 3000 years ago, and is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Its primary function is to restore or maintain balance within the body, not fight disease.
For more information on what Ayurveda is, and the Ayurvedic diet and practices, visit this and this. I’ve found these two articles very helpful!
I wholeheartedly believe in the healing power of plants, and how wonderfully they can assist our bodies in healing themselves. Healing foods don’t have to be flavorless and boring, they can be vibrant and delicious, too.
Over the next few weeks I will share a few of these recipes here. Or sign up for the weekly email and as a free gift you’ll get my Clean-Eating Guide.
Part of the Clean Eating Guide is this “daily drink” – sipped throughout the day – detoxing the body and organs, while revving up the metabolism.
This tea has become a godsend to me, a small ritual I put into practice 6 months ago, that I have come to love, not only for its flavor but for its energizing and cleansing qualities.
How to make Turmeric Tea
To make the tea, place all the seeds and roots in a french press, and pour boiling water over the top.
Let seep 5-10 minutes before plunging.
If you don’t have a french press, no worries, just place all the ingredients in a pot of simmering water. Strain into a mug as you drink it.
Refill the pot or french press as much as you like that day, simply reusing the same tea bag, seeds, roots.
Or, if bringing it to work, make this in the morning and place in a thermos to keep it warm. Sip throughout the day.
“The healing tradition of Ayurveda teaches that health and well-being depends upon our ability to digest everything we take in from the environment. This includes not only tangible substances like food and drink, but also our experiences, emotions, and the impressions we take in via our sensory portals, namely our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin.” Sheila Patal MD
If you can’t find fresh turmeric, some ground turmeric works fine too. Add it to taste.
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Turmeric Tea (Ayurvedic Detox Tea)
- Prep Time: 2 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 12 mins
- Yield: 8-16 cups 1x
- Category: Drinks, Tea, Detox
- Method: stovetop
- Cuisine: Indian
- Diet: Hindu
This Turmeric Tea is an Ayurvedic Detox Tea- a “daily” drink made with fresh turmeric, ginger and whole spices to help aid the liver, flush out toxins and restore balance in the body. Healing and restorative. make a big batch and sip throughout the day.
- 1 quart boiling water
- 1–2 Tablespoons thinly sliced ginger ( or 1/2 –1 teaspoon ground ginger, more to taste)
- 1 Tablespoon thinly sliced fresh turmeric ( or 1/2 –1 teaspoon ground turmeric, more to taste)
- 1–2 teaspoons coriander seeds
- 1–2 teaspoons cumin seeds
- 1–2 teaspoons fennel seeds
- 1–2 bags (or Tablespoons) green tea, tulsi tea, mint tea, chamomile, ginger tea, yerba,
- squeeze of lemon ( amplifies green teas health benefits)
- Other additions: use other whole spices if you like- cinnamon, clove, cardamom pods , pink peppercorns, anise
- Boil water.
- Place seeds, turmeric and ginger and tea in a french press, let stand 5 minutes before plunging.
- Refill french press reusing the same ingredients. Try to drink a total of two quarts in a day.
- Alternatively, simmer all ingredients together for 5 minutes in a large pot. Strain, before drinking.
This can be made ahead and refrigerated, then reheated as needed.
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 4
- Sugar: 0.1 g
- Sodium: 9.8 mg
- Fat: 0 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 0.9 g
- Fiber: 0.2 g
- Protein: 0.1 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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I’ve just returned from India with a chest problem, either infection or asthma, as some of the big cities are very polluted. One of our guides was discussing Ayurvedic remedies at length one evening and outlining the balance of dishes etc. Your site is very helpful and I’ve been making the teas and oxymel. As it’s U.K. winter, I’m using dried sage but will use fresh later in the year. Lovely recipes too. Thanks.
One point you don’t mention: turmeric uptake in the body is apparently enhanced by adding black pepper and a little oil, straightforward when cooking but I put black pepper in the tea as well. Any thoughts?
Thanks and yes, you are correct- feel free to add!
Lovely! I don’t care for tea on its own, and the addition of the spices, ginger and turmeric makes it a winner for me. I add cassia bark and a small dried chili. Thank you!
I learned about all these herbal tea when I was doing my research on Ayurveda. This was educative. I mostly follow Iahas for some great natural remedies and recipes, but this article has some new information for sure. I will add your blog to my list.
this tea is great. I’ve been struggling with the cold and this has been very soothing.
Oh good! Try the Moroccan Sore throat tea- also good!
So excited to try this! I downloaded your clean eating guide recently and have been making organized plans for it! I have been a vegetarian for 13 years and LOOOVEEE to cook, but I’m excited to go vegan for the 7 days (I typically eat eggs daily). I have a horrible metabolism, and was raised with poor eating habits so weight loss and overall health in general has been a long road that I’m still on and I’m hoping this tea along with your switchel recipe (among other yummy vegan recipes) will help push me further. I do have a quick question though. I have an electric kettle with an infuser attachment. Could I put the ingredients in the infuser and boil it that way? How long would you say I should steep for? Thank you, thank you!
Hi Morgann- thanks and I think that would work great! I want one of those! And I would just steep all day? I usually just keep refilling the french press reusing the tea/seeds/roots all day.
Perfect I get some of my tea’s from Organic India and always have ginger etc. I will brew a pot today. Thank you. I love your recipes and the mid century enamel pot I ordered from your site is lovely.
Do you have a good source for fresh turmeric? It’s hard to find in our rural area.
Again Thank You.Debbie Loignon
Thanks, Debbie- glad you are enjoying the pot and tea. I usually just get the turmeric at our grocery store or Asian Market.
Thanks for the recipe. This is worth a try. I tried a few detox drinks from Iahas and they are all so good and effective. But this one looks a little unique, and I would love to give it a try.
I’m a new subscriber and visitor to your website. I really love the content.
I have h pylori infection and an inflammation esophagus. can you help me with the juices to drink and what diet I have to eat. Thank you.
Hi Sai- I would contact a dietician to help you with this.
Cannot go a day without this tea. Leaves your body feeling calm and cleansed. Have been following your recipes for two months, difference is enormous. Thank you.
Awww… thanks Lyn, glad you are enjoying this.
Hi Sylvia, thanks for your guidance and excellent recipes. Can I leave out the turmeric in this drink please? I am asking because I use turmeric in other blends during the day and do not want to overdo it.
I love the flavors. It’s easy to make and remake. And, it makes me feel so healthy drinking this. Like I’m healing my body.
Beautiful will add to my healthy regiment today
I just made this with fresh tumeric for the first time — wow what an upgrade! Well worth the effort to find it.
I would like to try this tea but I don’t have the seeds, can I use the ground spices instead and how much would I use.
Thank you Maria
Hi Maria! I havent tried this with ground spices so not positive- but I would start conservativly. Like 1/4 teaspoon each. You can always add more to taste. 🙂
Could I use dried/ground versions of the seeds as well as ginger and turmeric!
Does it have any calories? Can I drink this when I am on Intermittent fasting?
No calories, like tea. Should be fine for clean fasting.
I have IBS, I love Turmeric and Fennel Tea w. Cinnamon, what is your conversion for using ground and not the roots .. please,, thanks so much, Gloria
The ground spice amounts are listed in the recipe card.
What are those green leaves in the detox tea? I too, have been on my own drinking ginger and turmeric and just boiling them as tea but have not tried incorporating fennel, cumin or coriander seeds.
They are green tea leaves.
I was skeptical about drinking tea that had cumin, fennel, and coriander, but with enough ginger and turmeric, (and a nice dollop of lime juice and Manuka honey) it actually doesn’t take much acquiring to get used to the taste. It feels quite pleasant on a cold November day 🙂
Looking forward to the benefits after a few days of this!
I just made a batch of this wonderful elixir! I have printed the recipe for friends.It is a perfect balance of flavours. I love it !