14 Turmeric Tea Recipes for Detox, Immunity, and Better Mood
By: Amanda Suazo
Turmeric stands out for its earthy flavor and yellow hue in everything from curries to ice cream. This bright little root brings even more to the table in these turmeric tea recipes, thanks to an array of health benefits you’ll find in every mug.
While turmeric has been used for thousands of years as an ayurvedic remedy, science has also linked turmeric to a variety of health benefits. Research shows that turmeric contains potent anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antifungal properties (just to name a few), may protect against arthritis flares, and in daily doses may improve mood and memory. These benefits mainly stem from curcumin, the compound that gives turmeric its bright color.
How to get the most from your turmeric tea recipes
Turmeric only contains 5-10 percent curcumin, but certain foods can help you absorb it better. You’ll notice that many turmeric tea recipes include black pepper because one of its compounds, piperine, helps your body absorb curcumin better. However, since pepper is a suspect spice on the Bulletproof Diet, consider trading it for an extra dose of fat: Research also shows that quality fat may make curcumin more bioavailable.
From basic golden milk to cold-busting and herbal elixirs, these turmeric tea recipes will get you glowing with every warm and comforting sip.
Basic turmeric tea and golden milk recipes
Basic doesn’t have to be boring: This turmeric tea contains all the essential elements for a smooth and satisfying golden milk. Vanilla extract and Brain Octane enhance and balance flavors from rich turmeric and a pinch of black pepper. And with quality fat and protein (plus no caffeine), this drink makes the perfect nightcap to support restful, restorative sleep.
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Who said turmeric tea needs to be hot? This recipe packs the same benefits of warm turmeric tea into an ice-cold refresher perfect for sunny days. Try a Bulletproof “green-zone” sweetener like erythritol or stevia instead of conventional honey, and use a tangerine instead of an orange. Why? Tangerines contain fewer antinutrients and are less likely to be moldy.
Non-coffee drinkers, meet your new morning brew. You need only a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of prep to make this energizing turmeric tea. Pastured gelatin adds creaminess, while cacao powder perks you up — making it the perfect way to start the day when you need a break from coffee.
Spiced turmeric tea recipes
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This frothy brew combines ground turmeric with complementary spices like ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom for a sweet and spiced latte. Opt for coconut milk as your dairy, choose raw honey over date syrup (added after tea cools), and get high-quality ground spices to keep this drink Bulletproof-friendly.
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Pumpkin adds natural creaminess and next-level color to this golden milk recipe–perfect for enjoying year-round. Pick up organic pumpkin from a BPA-free can, swap almond milk for coconut milk, and trade agave for stevia or birch xylitol to make your latte more Bulletproof.
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Saffron is red, but adds a golden yellow color to liquids when gently brewed. This naturally sweet spice melds with ground ginger and cardamom for a fragrant turmeric tea experience. Choose coconut milk as your dairy and add raw honey (after your tea cools) for a Bulletproof spin on this recipe.
Turmeric tea recipes with coffee and caffeine
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This sweet and delicate recipe takes turmeric tea to a refreshing new level with the addition of green tea. Simply brew your teas, strain out the spices, mix with lime juice and honey, and pour over ice for the perfect summertime beverage. Use raw honey or swap it out for stevia for a more Bulletproof tea.
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This turmeric tea comes with extra “perks” from espresso and makes a big enough batch to share with friends. Simply blend your milk with spices, heat in a pan, and finish with a piping hot espresso shot. Want this golden milk more Bulletproof? Try prepping turmeric tea with coconut milk instead of almond milk, and use birch xylitol or stevia instead of maple syrup.
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This sweet and spiced turmeric tea gets deep flavors from dark cocoa powder, dark chocolate pieces, and fresh brewed coffee. Choose coconut milk as your dairy and trade maple syrup sweeteners like erythritol or stevia for an ultra-easy Bulletproof mocha.
Detox turmeric tea recipes
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No milk, no problem: This turmeric tea kicks off your day with anti-inflammatory benefits from ginger and lemons. To keep it more Bulletproof, try this beverage in the evening, as raw honey contains sugars that can help you fall asleep faster. If you prep it in the morning, simply swap the honey for a different green-zone sweetener.
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This vegan golden milk recipe is perfect for a cold, but tasty enough to enjoy anytime. Herbal tea blends with warm spices, orange juice, and Brain Octane Oil for a sweet and satisfying turmeric tea recipe. Choose coconut milk for your dairy, get a high-quality tea bag, omit nutmeg, and swap blood orange for a tangerine to get a cleaner dose of vitamin C.
Herbal turmeric tea recipes
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Here’s another immune-boosting turmeric tea recipe that incorporates the power of sweet and fragrant elderflower — perfect for frosty days or any time you want to feel cozy. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to prep: Simply brew your tea, and mix in your spices. Omit black pepper and use raw honey to keep things Bulletproof.
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Research shows CBD oil lowers anxiety and inflammation, and improves sleep. Combined with the powerhouse benefits of turmeric tea, this golden milk recipe is a vegan and paleo-friendly way to chill out. Opt for coconut milk and raw honey, and omit black pepper and nutmeg to get all the Bulletproof benefits. Consider an organic CBD oil as well to avoid pesticides in your golden milk.
This warm drink will help you keep your cool, thanks to added benefits from ashwagandha. With healthy fats from creamy coconut milk and Brain Octane, this tea may lower stress levels and support adrenal health.
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