How to drink turmeric

Updated February 21, 2017

Turmeric is a spice native to southeastern Asia that has been used for medicinal purposes in Indian and Chinese cultures for over 2,500 years. Turmeric -- or Indian saffron -- is derived from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, and has a peppery, buttery, warm flavour. The spice, which gives curry its yellow colour, is said to lower the risk of cancer and Alzheimer's disease in addition to its benefit as an anti-inflammatory. Drinking turmeric tea, found in health food shops, is one way to get a daily dose of turmeric.

Fill your kettle with 950 ml (4 cups) of water.

Boil the water on the stove inside the kettle.

Take the kettle off the stove when it begins whistling.

Fill your mug with water from the kettle.

Dunk a tea bag into the water, making sure that it gets fully submerged. Make sure to let the string and tag hang outside of the cup.

Steep the tea bag for five minutes.

Pull the tea bag out.

Drink your turmeric tea.


You can make your own turmeric tea by boiling 950 ml (4 cups) of water and adding 1 tsp of ground turmeric. Turmeric is also sold in pill and powdered forms. Add lemon or honey to your tea to improve the taste.


Do not ingest turmeric if you have gallstones or bile blockage. Consult a doctor before taking turmeric if you are pregnant.

Things You'll Need

  • Turmeric teabags
  • Stove
  • 950 ml (4 cups) water
  • Teakettle
  • Mug
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