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Ginger Turmeric Detox Tea Recipe

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Ginger Turmeric Detox Tea

I’m back in Austin after a wonderful whirlwind of a weekend in Omaha and Des Moines. I had such an amazing time and the event was a total success! I received so many wonderful comments and messages the next day from people saying they came away from the event feeling inspired and motivated to make changes in their own lives! One lovely lady drove all the way from Minnesota just for the event! She said she recently started incorporating my green smoothies into her routine and has already lost 15lbs!! I am so flattered that you drove all that way, Denise and am so excited to hear more about your progress!!

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Today I was ready for a little detox and so I made a variation of my favorite Lemon Ginger Detox Tea. The ingredients pack a powerful punch and act as an anti-inflammatory, anti-infective, antioxidant, lymph system cleanser and more.

I’ve already talked about how amazing Lemon Water is on it’s own but just look at the added benefits you get when adding ginger, turmeric, and cayenne!


  • Ovarian Cancer Treatment: Ginger may be powerful weapon in the treatment of ovarian cancer. A study conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger powder induces cell death in all ovarian cancer cells to which it was applied.
  • Colon Cancer Prevention: A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.
  • Morning Sickness: A review of several studies has concluded that ginger is just as effective as vitamin B6 in the treatment of morning sickness.
  • Motion Sickness Remedy: Ginger has been shown to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness.
  • Reduces Pain and Inflammation: One study showed that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller.
  • Heartburn Relief: Ginger has long been used as a natural heartburn remedy. It is most often taken in the form of tea for this purpose.
  • Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment: Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Many people also find ginger to be helpful in the case of stomach flus or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects ginger has upon the digestive tract.
  • Migraine Relief: Research has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.
  • Menstrual Cramp Relief: In Chinese medicine, ginger tea with brown sugar is used in the treatment of menstrual cramps. (source)


  • It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent.
  • When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
  • Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
  • May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.
  • Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
  • Is a natural liver detoxifier.
  • May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
  • May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
  • It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
  • Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
  • Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
  • May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
  • Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
  • Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
  • Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
  • May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions. (source)


  • Anti-Cold & Flu Agent: When you have a cold or flu, cayenne pepper helps break up congested mucus and gets it moving. Once the mucus starts to leave your body, you will get some relief from many of the flu symptoms you may be experiencing.
  • Anti-Fungal Properties: The results of one study indicated that cayenne pepper could effectively prevent the formation of the fungal pathogens.
  • Migraine Headache Prevention: Many naturopaths have known of the health benefits of cayenne pepper, especially for migraine symptoms.
  • Anti-Allergen: Cayenne is a wonderful anti-inflammatory agent and may even help relieve allergies.
  • Digestive Aid: This spice is a well-known digestive aid. It stimulates the digestive tract, increasing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices. This, in turn, aids the body’s ability to metabolize the food (and toxins) we take into the system. Cayenne pepper is also a wonderful medicinal herb for relieving intestinal gas. It stimulates intestinal peristaltic motion, aiding in both assimilation and elimination.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Cayenne’s anti-inflammatory properties makes it a great herb for arthritis, diabetes, psoriasis and herpes-related nerve damage.
  • Prevents & Treats Blood Clots: Cayenne pepper also helps reduce atherosclerosis, encourages fibrinolytic activity and prevents the formation of blood clots, all of which can help reduce the chances of a heart attack or stroke.
  • Detox Support: Cayenne is a known circulatory stimulant. It also increases the pulse of our lymphatic and digestive rhythms.
  • Possible Anti-Cancer Agent: Studies done at the Loma Linda University in California found that cayenne pepper can prevent lung cancer in smokers. Other studies have also shown a similar reaction in cayenne’s ability to inhibit liver tumors.
  • Supports Weight Loss: Scientists at the Laval University in Quebec found that participants who took cayenne pepper for breakfast were found to have less appetite, leading to less caloric intake throughout the day. Cayenne is also a great metabolic-booster, aiding the body in burning excess amounts of fats.
  • Improves Heart-Health: Cayenne helps to keep blood pressure levels normalized. It also rids the body of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. (source)

Ginger Turmeric Detox Tea



You’ll need:

  • 2 inch knob of ginger
  • 2-3 inch piece of turmeric root or substitute 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1-2 dashes of cayenne (or you could juice 1/2 a habanero or jalapeño pepper)
  • 4 lemons (3 for juicing and 1 for slicing as a garnish)
  • 3 droppers vanilla stevia
  • 2 quarts water

In a juicer, juice your ginger root, turmeric, and 3 lemons. I recommend using Breville brand juicers. I love Breville because they are easy to use, easy to clean, and great quality!

In a large pitcher add your juice to about 2 quarts of water, a couple droppers of vanilla stevia to taste, a couple dashes of cayenne and your thinly cut lemon slices. Mix well with a wooden spoon and adjust flavors to taste. Let sit for about 10 mins before serving to let the flavors blend.  Will last about 5 days in the fridge.

You can enjoy at room temperature or over ice. This tea is sweet, tangy and very spicy! Be ready, it’s got some serious kick!! But it always helps me “get back to normal” after travelling. I tend to get puffy and retain water when I travel and this tea helps flush out my lymphatic system and reduce swelling. I absolutely love it and I hope you do too!

If you can’t find fresh turmeric root or ginger root at your local health food store or Asian Market, you can purchase them in powder form through iherb.comuse my discount code WAG472 to get $5 OFF your first order + free shipping on orders of $20 or more!!

If you’re looking for a little variation on this basic recipe, you may also want to try my Goji Detox Tea. It’s kind of unbelievable!!

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Ginger Turmeric Detox Tea Recipe
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The ingredients pack a powerful punch and act as an anti-inflammatory, anti-infective, antioxidant, lymph system cleanser and more!

  • 2 inch knob of ginger
  • 2-3 inch piece of turmeric root or substitute 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1-2 dashes of cayenne (or you could juice ½ a habanero or jalapeño pepper)
  • 4 lemons (3 for juicing and 1 for slicing as a garnish)
  • 3 droppers vanilla stevia
  • 2 quarts water

  1. In a juicer, juice your ginger root, turmeric, and 3 lemons. I recommend using Breville brand juicers. I love Breville because they are easy to use, easy to clean, and great quality!
  2. In a large pitcher add your juice to about 2 quarts of water, a couple droppers of vanilla stevia to taste, a couple dashes of cayenne and your thinly cut lemon slices. Mix well with a wooden spoon and adjust flavors to taste. Let sit for about 10 mins before serving to let the flavors blend. Will last about 5 days in the fridge.
  3. You can enjoy at room temperature or over ice. This tea is sweet, tangy and very spicy! Be ready, it’s got some serious kick!! But it always helps me “get back to normal” after travelling. I tend to get puffy and retain water when I travel and this tea helps flush out my lymphatic system and reduce swelling. I absolutely love it and I hope you do too!
  4. If you can’t find fresh turmeric root or ginger root at your local health food store or Asian Market, you can purchase them in powder form through – use my discount code WAG472 to get $5 OFF your first order + free shipping on orders of $20 or more!!
  5. If you’re looking for a little variation on this basic recipe, you may also want to try my Goji Detox Tea. It’s kind of unbelievable!!

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149 Responses to “Ginger Turmeric Detox Tea Recipe”

  1. Kibby February 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    This tea sounds delicious and nourishing! I drink one similar but without the turmeric. I am going to add that beauty into the mix from now on. I love how you lay out all the benefits of the ingredients. XOXO

    • Holly February 13, 2013 at 4:30 am #

      Can the tea be heated?

      • Holly February 13, 2013 at 4:42 am #

        Never mind, I found the question had already been asked and answered! Sorry!

      • yasmin December 28, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

        Hi Linda is it ok to drink warm milk with turmeric powder –i have people say it very good for the health but i wonder what is it good for–Love your reciepts and will try them.

  2. Elizabeth February 29, 2012 at 5:29 am #

    Are the lemons juiced whole, skin and all, or just the lemon juice?

    Thank you.

    • Linda February 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

      juiced whole 🙂

  3. Lindsy February 29, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    I’ve heard of people doing cleanses and detoxes with something similar (water, lemons, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup) for a week or two with no food, and to me that doesn’t sound healthy at all. I was wondering with the recipe for two quarts of this tea, are you supposed to drink it and wait a certain length of time before eating, not eat the day you drink all that tea, etc. in order to extract all the detox benefits in drinking it. And of course, I’d love to learn the science behind your answer. Thanks!

    • Linda February 29, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

      Hi Lindsy,

      This is meant to be a tea that you can sip on anytime, not a replacement for food or a master cleanse 🙂
      I use it for it’s anti-inflammatory and lymphatic cleansing properties. You can drink it anytime. I love it first thing in the morning!

  4. Kami February 29, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    If we decide to use the ginger root powder, is that 2 tsp’s as well? Also, can you link up a good ginger root power too? I’m new to this stuff. Thanks!

    • Linda February 29, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

      yes, that will work! here is the link

      You may want to use hot water with the powders to help draw out the nutrients 🙂

      • Kami March 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

        thank you very much! that iherb site can be a little intimidating for us newbies. 🙂

        • Linda March 2, 2012 at 9:34 am #

          no problem 🙂

      • Edwina Rozelle December 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

        How much ginger powder would you use in place of the root?

        • Linda January 6, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

          I would use 1 tsp or more depending on your taste preferences. Enjoy!

  5. Kibby March 1, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Oh, Man! This tea is AMAZING! It is nothing like the little weak combo. I was making. This is packed full of goodness and nutrients. The texture and consistency is thick and rich. You know it is providing some awesome benefits. Plus the lemon slivers look beautiful in the large jar. Thanks, Linda!

    • Linda March 2, 2012 at 9:33 am #

      yeah, this tea is MAJOR!

  6. Erin Santiago March 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    I’ve been suffering with a nasty cold for almost two weeks. Seems everyone I know has had some version of this Hellacious cough and sinus congestion! As soon as I read this recipe and the benefits, I ran to Natural Grocer to pick up the ingredients. I made this tea yesterday and drank about 36 ounces throughout the day. I felt so much better today, and my cough has subsided greatly! My runny nose has all but disappeared! Thanks for sharing this recipe, I am amazed at the power of raw foods. So glad to have stumbled upon this website – such a wealth of information here!! Thank you again!
    Erin in Austin

    • Linda March 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

      Yeah!!! Awesome Erin!!

  7. kim hix March 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    I made this today, Ihave a Vitamix that I use everyday, sometimes twice a day, so I love new recipes. I love this, always trying to find something new and beneficial for me to take in. I have already had about 3 big tumblers full.

    • Linda March 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

      Awesome Kim!!

  8. Marianne Danganan March 6, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

    I love your blog and recipes! Just made this today… It was delish! I love the crisp, zingy taste of the ginger with lemon! I don’t have a juicer, so I used my magic bullet instead and strained the majority of the pulp out. I was amazed at how easy and simple it was to blend and strain and not spend a ton on a juicer. Thanks Linda for all your recipes and juicing/ blending tips!

    • Linda March 8, 2012 at 7:28 am #

      Hi Marianne, it really is SO EASY to make!! I am a simple recipe kind of girl, I just can’t be bother with complicated recipes!! 🙂
      So glad you are enjoying it!! xo

    • mikesha January 28, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

      Hi Marianne,

      I too have a ninja and wanted to use that. Did you put the whole lemon in? And did you use the roots or the powder?


  9. Julie Jacobsen March 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    When you say a “dropper” of stevia, do you mean a whole dropper full or just a drop? I just bought liquid stevia for the first time and am trying to figure out the ins and outs of using it The bottle says that one serving is something like 5-7 drops.

    Thank you for all the great encouragement and recipes you offer. I live out in the Hill Country and shop Austin frequently so when I read your tips for shopping I feel confident you’ve already done the local footwork of finding best prices, etc. I-herb is a little intimidating, but I’ve made a goal of adding something new to my pantry each pay period. So far I’ve done nutritional yeast and stevia, but cococeps is next!

    • Linda March 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

      I mean a whole dropper. I would start smaller and keep tasting until your find the amount that is right for your tastes 🙂

      Fantastic that you live in the Hill Country!! I love it out there!! xo

      • Kathleen May 9, 2013 at 1:43 am #

        Do you have to use stevia? I don’t like the after taste. Is there something else to substitute?

  10. Suzanne Borg April 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Hi Linda,
    I just found your website and am loving all of your recipes! I usually drink hot water with lemon in the mornings, something my 88 year old grandmother has been doing for years. I would like to try this detox tea and was wondering what your thoughts are on Meyer Lemons? Our neighbor has a tree so I get a TON for free so i was wondering if the health benefits are different than regular lemons? Thank you!

    • Linda April 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

      sure!! I love Meyer Lemons!!

  11. Dan April 14, 2012 at 2:57 am #

    Linda i found a store in town that has the turmeric root i am so excited to make this detox Tea this weekend for my American Cleanse thanks so so much


    • Linda April 14, 2012 at 9:44 am #

      Awesome! Can’t wait to hear what you think!

  12. surlena jackson June 26, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Do you juice the skin of tumeric & ginger for detox tea. And do u measure 1-2 inches of each with a tape measurer.

    • Linda June 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

      Yes, I juiced the skin of both. I didn’t measure it, I just eyeballed it. There’s no correct/incorrect amount just go with your instincts!

  13. Denise Robnson July 23, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    Have been drinking this tea for only a week. Will add the stevia as i find the tea needs a touch of sweetness. I am a healthy & happy person of 66 & want to remain this way for many years to come. Open to all natural products to help me retain the healthy fit lifestyle i lead.


  14. Tiffany September 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    Hey, there.

    What are good substitions for stevia in this recipe?

    • Linda September 5, 2012 at 10:18 am #

      honey or pure maple syrup would work 🙂

  15. dana October 18, 2012 at 1:05 am #

    I don’t have any type of juicer. I have a food processor? Can you offer suggestions foe those of us in this boat, please?!?

    I’ve got two sick kiddos and am not far behind them.

    • Linda October 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

      You could try processing the ginger and turmeric in the FP then pour boiling water over and let steep for about 5-10 mins. Strain the pulp then add lemon juice and honey or stevia. Hope that helps!

  16. dana October 19, 2012 at 12:25 am #

    Next question, lol, I bought all the ingredients, I had to substitute the fresh turmeric foe the powder and found already juiced ginger root. The only thing is, how much already juiced ginger should I add in the already juiced form?

    Thanks again!!!!

    • Linda October 19, 2012 at 10:57 am #

      I’d use just a splash of ginger juice, it’s pretty strong!

  17. Chef Ricardo January 2, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    Excellent website; just signed up.

    Please refer me to a list of Alkaline pH foods that can be used to make sandwiches — with Romaine lettuce wraps.

    Thank you immensely

    • Linda January 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

      all vegetables are alkaline so any assortment of veggies would be fantastic! I have a veggie sandwich recipe here:
      You can simply use lettuce, cabbage, or swiss chard as a wrap instead of the ezekiel bread!

  18. Linda Gullotto January 9, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    I did a detox tea with turmeric in it and my urine turned brown for 2 days, was that normal. I got scared because I only have one kidney (I lost one 2 yrs ago to cancer).

    • Linda January 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

      Turmeric is a powerful detoxifier. Given your situation, you may want to check with your doctor to make sure!

  19. Naomi January 9, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    Thank you for this recipe. I have a friend who has developed melanoma and I am desperate to try and help her. She lives in an area where most of these ingredients will be difficult to acquire (Turmeric, cayenne and possibly ginger) I was planning to send her the first two in powdered form. What is the proper distribution for the recipe using the powders?

    • Linda January 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

      I would do 1 tsp of each and let it steep in hot water just like a tea to get the most benefit. She can adjust the quantities – more or less to taste at first. As she becomes accustomed to the flavor, she can start to add more to get more beneficial qualities! I hope that helps!!

      • Naomi January 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

        Thank you for your reply.

  20. Sandy January 9, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    I just found out I have Lymphoma non Hodgkin’s. Also my liver is very enlarged along with my spleen. would this Ginger Turmeric Detox help or is there something else to take. Thanks for your help.

    • Linda January 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

      You can definitely have the tea, as always though, check with your doctor to make sure there are no contraindications with meds, etc.

  21. suzabelle January 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Vanilla stevia? I have been using stevia for year but never heard of vanilla stevia. I must be living under a rock!

    • KATHY February 13, 2013 at 5:49 am #


  22. glenda oliver January 9, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    I just finished reading about your ginger tumeric tea and am anxious to make it. i live in a small town and possibley will not be able to find the roots. My question is could you use ground ingrediates and would it be as powerful? Also i look forwars to more teas and other things you make. glenda
    p.s. what is stevia?

  23. Elsa January 9, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    I’ll be getting some fresh organic turmeric in my order at the end of this week. I knew there was a reason for ordering it. Can’t wait to try this! 🙂

  24. Jeanie January 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

    I have a blender but not a juicer. Should I strain it afterwards? Any other suggestions for using a blender instead?

    • Linda January 9, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

      Yes Jeanie, just blend then strain 🙂

  25. Robin January 9, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    I don’t have a juicer or a food processor. Can I use my blender??

    • Linda January 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

      yes! just blend then strain!

  26. Kim January 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    I don’t have a juicer can I just throw all of it in a blender?

    • Linda January 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

      Yes Kim, you can blend then strain 🙂

  27. Diana January 11, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    I made this (sans cayenne–he ate spicy foods instead) and gave it to my husband for the last couple of days since he got his second cold in two months. Between this and the homemade vapor disks for the shower, he’s back to his old self again. Definately a keeper! Thanks for the information.

    • Linda January 14, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

      Awesome Diana!!!

  28. Molly January 13, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

    There is no harm in heating up this tea on the stove top right? Is it bad for me to drink it hot?

    • Linda January 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

      no problem drinking it hot:)

  29. Jennifer February 10, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

    This is great!!! Though if I do not have a juicer what is a good alternative?

    • Linda February 11, 2013 at 12:20 am #

      Jennifer, you can blend the mixture and then strain 🙂

  30. Kari@Loaves n Dishes February 13, 2013 at 1:19 am #

    I’m so glad that you made this as a tea and not a meal replacement. I could just sip on this tea all day long!

  31. Inge February 13, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    I just made this tea and I used a Garlic press for the Ginger and a Lemon press for the lemons. I also used less water for now. I wanted to try it first.
    It is spicy!!! 🙂 I LOVE spicy stuff 🙂

  32. Eugenia March 9, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    Is it safe to drink this while nursing? My son is 16 months.

  33. chamini March 13, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    hi Linda,

    instead of lemons can we use lime?

  34. chamini March 13, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    hi ` linda

    can we use lime instead of lemons?

  35. Candy March 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    I’m into using essential oils for various purposes and was wondering if you think it’d be ok to substitue lemon essential oil for the juiced lemon. If so, about how many drops should I use? Since I already have ground ginger, turmeric and cayenne I’ll be making the drink using the “hot water” method and would like to just add in drops of lemon oil. Thanks 🙂

  36. Amy March 28, 2013 at 1:25 am #

    Giving it a go! Didn’t have cayenne so I used the jalapeno and honey instead of stevia! Love your site!

  37. sanie April 13, 2013 at 2:29 am #

    hi! is there a substitute for vanilla stevia? can i just use those more easily available vanilla like vanilla extract?

    • Linda April 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

      Stevia is a natural sugar-free sweetener. You could use honey + vanilla extract instead.

  38. Shannon May 9, 2013 at 12:18 am #

    I am probably the only person in the world who doesn’t own a blender or a juicer, any suggestions on how to make it without those appliances?

  39. Christine May 9, 2013 at 12:30 am #

    Linda, every time I try one of these detox drinks with lemon my feet swell until I am unable to get my shoes on. I can’t even take a squeeze of lemon in my water on a regular basis without issues. No one seems to be able to tell me what that’s all about. Any clues?

    • Linda May 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

      Do you have any kidney issues?

  40. Danna Smith-Casey May 9, 2013 at 12:31 am #

    Thank you for the recipe, I have to make some of this and give it a try! The turmeric looks a bit like grubs in the picture lol. Unfortunately it’s very hard to find fresh in MN so will probably go with the powdered.

    • hamna November 22, 2013 at 3:20 am #


  41. Anita May 9, 2013 at 3:16 am #

    How much honey would I want to use? Thanks! (Directly emailing is fine too in case I miss your reply here?

    • Linda May 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

      I’m not sure just start with a Tbs or so and adjust to taste 🙂

  42. Jan May 9, 2013 at 4:58 am #

    I am looking for an anti-inflamitory that will help my knee . I fell and the inflamation is getting to me, as it is restricting my movement. Will this help with the pain in my knee as well? I just found your site and I love it.. Thanks 🙂

    • Linda May 11, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

      Yes, great for inflammation!! Get well soon!! xo

  43. Ruth Cobb June 13, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    If you don’t have a juicer, could you use a food processor.

  44. Brenda June 13, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    can dehydrated ginger be used?

  45. Missy August 18, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    Has anyone made this a Vitamix?

  46. Marie September 18, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    How can I make this if I don’t have a juicer?

    • Linda September 18, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

      Yes! Just use ginger and turmeric powder instead 🙂

  47. Donna Peters October 21, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    Is it as effective to use the powder form of the herbs versus the roots? I don’t usually have the roots on hand but I have the powder form in my pantry all the time.

    • Linda October 21, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

      fresh is best but the powder is also effective 🙂

  48. Korin November 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    This stuff is great! I started to feel a cold coming on, so when I got home from work I whipped up a batch of this, drank a big glass of it with a zinc supplement, and went to bed. Felt pretty good in the morning, so just rinse and repeat twice a day until the pitcher is gone. That cold didn’t stand a chance! It only got as far as a mild sinus headache. Thanks for the recipe! I’ve been recommending it to all my coworkers 😛

    • Linda November 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

      Yeah!! Awesome Korin, glad you are feeling better!!

  49. dolores November 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    Can I add some cinnamon to this recipe?

    • Linda November 15, 2013 at 8:16 pm #


  50. e December 29, 2013 at 12:31 am #

    turmeric was amazing for me, it lifted depression and brain fog and more. However, i get very dry when I have alot of it. Why is that? It doesnt seem to do that to everyone else….

  51. jahmal December 29, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Does this tea help get the nicotine out of your body also

  52. Pia December 31, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    Sounds very promising!
    Is it healthy or even dangerous to use natural detoxing if you have lost a kidney to cancer which has returned to the last and only kidney and in the back?
    I’m afraid to start a chain reaction by lack of kidney function 🙁
    My bro gets chemo pills Sutent and has just been hospitalized with 2 big blood clots that almost killed him and I would love to help him energize and even hope for cancer free future by juicing and other natural recipes!?!!
    They were told that Sutent has a problem with citrus fruit but I read only to avoid grapefruit juice 🙁
    Feeling insecure if detoxing will make the decease or side effects worse!!!?!

    • Linda January 6, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

      This is definitely a question for your doctor. It really depends on your condition, medications, and other factors. There are definitely wonderful juices you can try but check with your doctor first to make sure you are making the right choices for you and your situation. Let them know that you are wanting to change your diet, get healthier and what foods you must avoid. I hope that helps!

  53. Aimee December 31, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    Can you make this w/o juicing ginger and lemons?

  54. Brainy Biker January 1, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

    2014-01-01: HAPPY NEW YEAR, LINDA!!:)
    I just found your website this morning (was looking for a ‘cure’ for my holiday indulgences…). I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE every aspect of it! In fact, I’ve made my very first juice (I’ve been making smoothies for a little while now) and am very happy to report that 4 hours later, I’m only slightly hungry (whereas before I would have dipped my fingers in the cookie jar in no time flat!). Your detox tea is next on the list for today! 😀
    I also wanted to add that you are an ABSOLUTELY fantastic person! Sooooo patient in light of having to repeat umpteen times the same answer to the same questions cuz people don’t read the blog to the end to see if the question(s) have been asked already… ;-p
    Have a great one in 2014!

    • Linda January 3, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

      aw, thank you so much for your sweet message!! Happy New Year!! xo

  55. Kristen January 2, 2014 at 12:30 am #

    Sorry if this has already been asked. I don’t have a juicer but do have a Vitamix. Wondering if anyone has tried blending everything rather than juicing? Maybe with some coconut water?

    • Linda January 3, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

      sure, you could blend everything, then strain it 🙂

  56. Cordarion January 2, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    Thanks for this recipe! I did the same and added a Cinnamon Stick for the benefits as well as a bit of flavor. Your thoughts? Are there any other detox tea’s you make or recommend?

    • Linda January 3, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

      sure, you could definitely add cinnamon!

  57. sudhir January 13, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    Thank you. i would like to subscribe to your info.

    Thank you.

  58. Bimbi January 18, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    I just made this in my Blendtec with the blend and strain method, but now I have all this beautiful pulp! Any ideas for how we can use the leftover pulp? (I’m in a tiny apt where compost is not an option.)


  59. Sabina February 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    Hi. Can I do this drink in blender?

    • Linda February 13, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

      I suppose you could blend all of the ingredients in the blender with the goji berries and strain it as directed!

  60. Elizabeth February 15, 2014 at 5:24 am #

    I love this tea. I drink it everyday! It seems to be good for everything. I never thought about making it in my food processor. I freeze my roots then grate them with a micro plane grater. I don’t strain it either. I just keep stirring it up as I drink it. I also love it hot. I was wondering if it’s safe for my pregnant girlfriend. I read somewhere that large amounts of tumeric aren’t good for pregnant women.

  61. Stephanie April 23, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

    Is this ok to drink while breastfeeding?

  62. Laura May 7, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    Hi Linda,

    I just came across this recipe, have been looking for something just like this! Thanks for posting it! I was just wondering, instead of juicing or blending, could I just slice everything up, put it in the water and let it steep in the fridge? Would there be any loss of nutrients?

    • Linda May 8, 2014 at 12:28 am #

      yes! I would boil them all together to extract the oils and nutrients!
      You can drink it hot or cold!

  63. Sarika Gunjal August 14, 2014 at 1:01 am #

    Hi Linda,

    A quick question about this tea. We use turmeric n ginger in our daily diet which is Indian food. Recently found out that I might have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have researched about it and read that any type of peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, tomatillos are not good for me. I want to try this tea..have you heard anything like that for RA patients.


  64. Angelica November 13, 2014 at 3:00 am #

    Hi Linda.
    Thanks for sharing. I’m interested in this because I would like the cleanse and all the benefits. Just one question, is it safe while I’m nursing my baby. She’s almost 5 months and we’re slowly introducing solids (today is our 4th day giving her oatmeal cereal).
    Thanks again!

    • Linda November 20, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

      I think it would be ok in small amounts, 6-8 ounces per day but check with your doctor to be sure!

  65. Katie D January 2, 2015 at 12:00 am #

    I’ve heard that the full benefits of turmeric aren’t available unless you use a fat because it’s fat soluble. So, organic coconut milk would help your body absorb all of the fantastic properties that turmeric has to offer.

    What are your thoughts on this?


  66. Margaret March 11, 2015 at 9:23 pm #

    so I’ve seen there is no limit to how much you can drink in a day but what is the minimum amount you need to drink per day to get the health benefits?

    • Linda March 12, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

      I would say you want to have 8 ounces daily 🙂

  67. Sara March 24, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

    I dont have a juicer, is there any other ways to make this?

  68. marlene April 30, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    How much of this drink should I drink everyday

  69. yvonne May 8, 2015 at 2:35 am #

    I knew I couldn’t be the only one out here brewing tumeric and ginger w lemon and a scotch bonnet. I call it spicy tea.
    I drink it all day long. I dont use vanilla stevia, I will search for that but since I stopped drinking this has become my drink of choice because of the kick. Thank you so much for posting this
    I also add sorrel leaves while it brews. Gives it a nice color and sorrel is great on its own.

  70. Allisyn October 1, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    This sounds great. I’ve always read that you should add a bit of ground pepper when using tumeric as it makes it ridiculously more bioavailable (like, 3000 times). Is that what the cayenne is for our should we sprinkle in a bit of the everyday table pepper?
    Thanks for the recipe.


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