Skip the eye-watering shots of apple cider vinegar and start your day with this lemon ginger turmeric tea. A homemade detox tea recipe that supports your immune system and maintains a healthy digestive system.
This Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea is my favorite way to start the day!
Homemade tea is my favorite home remedy for a cold, sore throat or sinus infection.
You may have heard about the health benefits of starting the day with a glass of warm lemon water. It’s been proven to aid in digestion, provide a good source of vitamin C, and effectively hydrate your body (Cleveland Clinic).
This homemade detox tea is even better, with additional ingredients like: soothing ginger, anti-inflammatory turmeric, metabolism-boosting cayenne, and infection-fighting cinnamon.
I regularly have this lemon ginger turmeric tea on hand, especially during the fall and winter. This caffeine-free detox tea has several health benefits. It can: boost your immune system and help you fight infection, improve digestive and gut health, reduce pain and inflammation, and help facilitate weight loss.
When I say “detox” tea I want to clarify that this is NOT a cleanse or meal replacement. This homemade detox tea is made up of simple, real ingredients that are designed to support healthy digestion and immune system function. I drink this lemon ginger tea daily. Read more on the specific health benefits of each ingredient below.
Lemons are a good source of vitamin C, which is one of the most important antioxidants found in nature. Vitamin C helps defend your body against cell damage and plays an important role in growing and developing tissues, healing wounds and keeping your immune system strong.
Tip: Make your lemons easier to squeeze by placing a flat hand firmly on top of the the lemon. Then roll it back and forth on the counter with firm pressure.
Ginger is my go-to for any type of tummy trouble. Ginger increases the speed at which food empties from the stomach into the intestines. Therefore, it helps with indigestion, acid reflux, bloating and gas.
Ginger is also great for fighting inflammation.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, high in antioxidants.
Curcumin, the main ingredient in turmeric, supports the immune system in its ability to fight infection. It also has pain relieving properties (goodbye headaches).
Tip: You can add a dash of black pepper to this turmeric tea to help “activate” the healing effects of turmeric.
Cayenne adds a spicy kick to this detox tea and can help with inflammation and weight loss.
This spice is high in beta-carotene which supports your immune system, too.
Cinnamon is an antioxidant which helps fight infection.
It’s also been shown to increase insulin sensitivity, thus promoting more stable blood sugar levels throughout the day.
Recipe Note: This recipe creates a batch of the Ginger Turmeric Tea concentrate, which I store in my refrigerator and dilute throughout the week. When I’m ready to make a cup to sip on, I mix 1/4 cup of this concentrated detox tea with 6-8 oz hot water and the juice of 1/2 of a fresh lemon.
I only have ground cinnamon, not cinnamon sticks. Is that okay?
Yes! Just make sure to strain the mixture using a fine mesh, cloth or nut milk bag if you don’t want spice particles in your cup of tea. Start with about 1-2 tsp of ground cinnamon in the detox tea concentrate and adjust to your personal taste preferences from there.
Do I have to add the cayenne? I don’t like spicy things.
No, feel free to skip the cayenne if you don’t like the spice it adds to the tea. I omitted the cayenne when I was pregnant as it personally gave me heartburn. If you prefer sweet tea over spicy, you can add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup before serving.
Do I have to peel the ginger?
You can skip peeling the ginger if you thoroughly wash your ginger before boiling it. You just want to be sure that any dirt is completely removed since you’ll be drinking the liquid that the ginger is boiled in. Alternatively, use a spoon or peeler to quickly remove the papery skin before boiling.
Do I have to use fresh ginger?
I personally prefer fresh ginger for this lemon ginger tea. That said, you can use ground ginger as an alternative. Start with 1 tsp ground ginger and add more to taste from there.
Pro Tip: You can peel and slice fresh ginger root and keep it in a sealed bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Can I drink this ginger tea during pregnancy?
I did. It was my go-to for alleviating morning sickness, nausea and fatigue (and my alternative to drinking coffee). I did omit the cayenne during pregnancy, and cut back on the turmeric as it gave me heartburn. There were times I had trouble stomaching all of the ingredients. When I was extra nauseous, I would just add the fresh ginger root to warm water.
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