Soothing Turmeric Ginger Lemon Tea

14.11.21 | Recipe by Renz

Turmeric ginger lemon tea is both soothing and refreshing, just the thing to pick you up on a miserable day. Plus, this tea is perfect to clear your head if you have a headache or a cold!

Two white cups of tumeric ginger lemon tea, with honey and lemon on a yellow backdrop

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In Caribbean culture drinking tea is like a cure-all for any kind of ailment. We use a lot of natural remedies to help combat illness. So drinking "bush tea" is well-known because of its medicinal properties.

Different bushes, vegetables, or even fruit skins are known to cure health conditions, aid in fighting off ailments or just help to boost immune systems.

This turmeric ginger lemon tea is another favorite for me.

If you need cheering up, this turmeric ginger lemon tea will do the trick - and it’s a healthier alternative than reaching for the sweets! The zesty lemon and spicy ginger complement the earthy flavors of turmeric, and it’s even better when sweetened with a bit of honey.

This tea is also an effective home remedy for coughs and colds. All three elements: ginger, lemon, and turmeric has so many benefits. There’s nothing better than ginger tea for headaches, as ginger is an anti-inflammatory that can help to relieve the pain from headaches.

I also find that honey lemon and ginger for cough is perfect, as the lemon and ginger’s antibacterial properties help fight infection, while the honey soothes the throat.

This recipe uses fresh ginger root and lemon, which gives the tea a more intense flavor than you would get from a teabag. It’s the perfect pick me up!

If you like this tea, you might also enjoy another herbal blend mix or even this decadent Caribbean chocolate tea - another tasty winter warmer.

What are the benefits of ginger, turmeric, and lemon?

I love making this turmeric ginger lemon tea because not only does it taste amazing, but as I mentioned they are packed with a lot of health benefits:


  • A natural anti-inflammatory, which helps prevent disease and soothe symptoms of illness like headaches and coughs.
  • Increases antioxidant capacity in the body, which helps prevent disease.
  • It helps to promote the growth of new neurons in the brain, which allows learning and prevents brain degeneration.
  • It helps to improve heart health.


  • Aids digestion and reduces nausea. It is particularly effective for combatting morning sickness, so this tea is an excellent stomach settler if you’re pregnant.
  • It helps fight flu and the common cold because gingerol in ginger has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
  • Ginger tea for headaches is so effective because of ginger's anti-inflammatory properties.
  • It is thought to help with weight loss and prevent obesity.


  • Lemons are high in Vitamin C, which helps to promote heart health.
  • Thought to improve digestive health and may help with weight loss. The pulp from lemons is a good source of fiber, which is essential for digestive health.
  • It helps boost the immune system, which is why we take honey, lemon, and ginger for cough.
The vitamin C in lemons helps improve your absorption of iron from plant foods.

Try turmeric ginger lemon tea for coughs, headaches, and colds

If I’ve ever got a cough, some headache pain, or a cold, this tea is my go-to to help me feel better.

If you have a cough, headache, or a cold, any warm liquid will make your throat feel better, and the steam rising from the cup will help with congestion.

This tea is even more effective than other hot drinks because of the combination of turmeric, lemon, ginger, and honey.

When you have a cold, inflammation in your body causes symptoms like coughing, headaches, congestion, and sore throats. Both ginger and turmeric are anti-inflammatories, helping to soothe the symptoms.

In addition, lemon and turmeric are both antibacterial, helping to fight any bugs that might be causing your cough, and lemons are also a source of Vitamin C, which will help boost your immune system. Finally, adding a little honey helps to soothe sore throats. The perfect cold remedy.

Plus, whenever I’m sick, I want to treat myself to delicious foods and drinks to cheer myself up, and this tea is tasty!

A white bowl with water, some ginger, tumeric, clove and lemon. Ingredients to make the tea

When is the best time to drink turmeric and ginger tea

Turmeric ginger lemon tea is delicious at any time of day, but it’s especially effective first thing in the morning. It will help you wake up; and help put your body in good form for the day ahead.

It’s also a great soothing drink to help you wind down before bed.


  • Fresh ginger (washed) - some people prefer to use organic ginger. Using nonorganic does not lessen the properties of ginger, it's just fewer chemicals when growing.
  • Fresh turmeric root (washed)
  • Cloves.
  • Lemon slices.
  • Fresh lemon juice.
  • Raw honey to sweeten.
  • Cups


    Begin by finely slicing the turmeric and ginger. Be sure to use a sharp knife for this, as they are both quite fibrous and can be tough to cut through!

    Next, add your sliced turmeric and ginger, and some cloves to a pan of water. Then, place the pan on the stove over medium heat.

    Then, bring the pan to a boil, and let it cook on a rolling boil for about five minutes.

    Once the pan has boiled for five minutes, remove it from the stove, and add your two lemon slices to the hot water.

    Finally, cover the pan and leave let it steep for another ten minutes. The time to steep is essential as this is when the flavors and nutrients from the lemon, turmeric, and ginger infuse with the water.

    Add lemon juice for extra zest and sweeten with honey to taste when you’re ready to serve.

    Sliced up ginger and turmeric in preparation for tea making


    • It’s better to leave the skin on the ginger, turmeric, and lemon. There are valuable nutrients in the skin. However, as we aren’t peeling them, be sure to wash them thoroughly before using them.
    • You can double the amount of turmeric ginger lemon tea you make if you want to have some ready to warm up later. However, if you do this, bear in mind that the turmeric, lemon, and ginger flavors will continue to infuse as long as they sit in the water, so you may want to remove them once you have the right taste.
    • Not everyone likes to have pieces of things floating around while they drink their tea. Feel free to strain it with a mesh strainer prior to drinking.


    • If you prefer not to use honey, you can sweeten your tea using a little maple syrup instead.
    • Many of the health benefits from turmeric come from the curcumin found in it. To help your body better absorb the curcumin, you can add a little black pepper to the recipe - but this will alter the taste!
    • If you are totally unable to get fresh ginger or turmeric, you can use powdered ginger. For the measurements for this, I would use 1:1/2 ginger:turmeric. Note that the flavors would not be the same as the fresh ingredients

    A hand squeezing some fresh lemon juice into white teacup of turmeric ginger lemon tea with slices of lemon


    To store your turmeric ginger lemon tea, empty it from the pan into a large jug or container, and cover it. Then, put it in the fridge, and it will keep for a few days.

    I remove the slices to store. If you leave the lemon especially in the water for long periods, it starts to get bitter with the rind.


    You can reheat your tea either on the stovetop or in the microwave.

    On the stovetop. Heat your tea in a pan over medium heat for about five minutes so that it is hot but not boiling. You should see tiny bubbles starting to form.

    In the microwave. Put your tea into a microwaveable mug and heat in 30-second intervals. Each time an interval is up, check the temperature. It should take between 1-2 minutes.

    Top view of a mug of turmeric ginger lemon tea in a white tea cup