How to Make Your Own Lemon, Ginger, and Turmeric Tea

As I write this recipe, I'm struggling with an awful cold and have just had my COVID-19 jab. When I have a cold, I always reach for this lemon ginger and turmeric tea recipe, since it seems to help soothe my throat, help with coughs, and also settle my tummy in the process.

Lemon and ginger are often recommended for colds, as lemon contains plenty of vitamin C whilst ginger is thought to have medicinal properties that can help soothe a sore throat or cough.

If you're struggling particularly with an inflamed throat, some choose to add manuka honey to this drink known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. Plus it can make this drink taste a little bit sweeter! However, I personally just skip the honey and add lemon, ginger, and turmeric.

The benefits of tumeric

Tumeric is also known for its health benefits: a recent study showed it can help with some viruses.1 It was also shown to potentially even help with IBD.2

Fresh turmeric works well but you can also use dried turmeric in this drink too. It's also been suggested that black pepper can help turmeric absorb better in the body, so I always add a sprinkling of black pepper for this reason.

Serves 1

Ingredients for lemon, ginger, turmeric tea

  • One thumbnail-sized piece of ginger
  • One slice of lemon
  • One cup of boiling water
  • One teaspoon of dried turmeric/ small piece of root turmeric
  • A sprinkle of black pepper
  • Optional: one teaspoon of manuka honey

How to make lemon, ginger, turmeric tea

  1. Peel and finely chop ginger into very small pieces.
  2. Slice lemon
  3. In your cup, add the ginger, lemon, black pepper, and turmeric
  4. Boil water and pour into the cup
  5. Stir well so ginger, lemon, black pepper, and turmeric and distributed and don't settle completely at the bottom
  6. Leave to stew for five minutes and then drink!

If using honey, wait until the drink has cooled to warm before adding the honey, as some have suggested that very hot water can make it lose its nutritional properties.

Please note the nutrition facts below are for the recipe made without honey.

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Nutrition facts

Per Serving

  • calories: 21
  • carbohydrate: 4.1g
  • cholesterol: 0mg
  • dietary fiber: 1.3g
  • potassium: 141mg
  • protein: 0.5g
  • saturated fat: 0.2g
  • sodium: 2mg
  • sugar: 0.4g
  • total fat: 0.5g

Disclaimer: Everyone with inflammatory bowel disease is different. We recognize that some ingredients listed in this recipe may be a trigger food for some people. Please feel free to omit or substitute any ingredients that don’t work for you.


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