Eileen Z. Fuentes | Healing Ginger-Turmeric Sleep Tea
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19 Mar Healing Ginger-Turmeric Sleep Tea

Ginger-Turmeric Tea www.thespeach.com

Like most moms, getting home after work means that I will be preparing dinner, checking homework, bathing kids and a host of other unexpected occurrences depending on the day. As much as I’d like to sit down and just rest, the reality is that I just don’t have the time. The one self-care ritual that I don’t skip is my nighttime ginger-turmeric tea. It set’s the tone for restful sleep and allows me to support the gentle healing needs of my body. The best part is that once you do go to sleep, the magic happens without any additional effort on your part.

The 4 main ingredients in this powerful tonic: turmeric, ginger, lemon and honey, are all associated with good health. I’ve used turmeric religiously for cancer prevention, but now data supports that it may prolong life. Among other things, ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, and anti-viral agent. Lemons are not only a great liver detoxifier; they also give the tea a really nice flavor. And then there’s honey, used by healers for thousands of years as a sleep remedy. This recipe is so super-easy, it is well worth the short time it takes to prepare.

Healing Ginger Turmeric Tea www.thespeach.com

Did you know the easiest way to peel ginger is to use a spoon?

Bring the water to a boil, add all the ingredients, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Boiling ginger-turmeric tea www.thespeach.com

The tea was so delicious that even my 3 daughters enjoyed it! By the time I finished this post, they were fast asleep.

Sweet Dreams…

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Healing Ginger-Turmeric Sleep Tea
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Serves: Yield: 3 cups
  • water, 4 cups
  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger root
  • ½ lemon
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder or 3 inch fresh turmeric root sliced
  • Optional: honey (preferably local or raw)
  1. Peel the ginger root and cut it into thin slices.
  2. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Once it is boiling, add the ginger, turmeric, juiced lemon.
  3. Cover and reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes, whisking occasionally.
  4. Strain the tea. Add honey to taste.


Eileen Z. Fuentes

After a breast cancer diagnosis in 2008, Eileen became her own Self-Healthcare Activist. She is an Integrative Cancer Coach and works full-time helping patients do more than just survive at Columbia University’s Cancer Center in New York City.

  • Adriana
    Posted at 19:21h, 20 March Reply

    Awesome! Thanks for the ginger peeling tip :)

    • Eileen
      Posted at 20:35h, 26 March Reply

      Happy peeling, Adriana xo

  • DrAttai
    Posted at 18:45h, 25 March Reply

    Am amazingly simple and delicious tea – thanks for posting!

  • Eileen
    Posted at 20:34h, 26 March Reply

    Thanks Dr. Attai. You’re a rockstar in my eyes!

  • CancerBully
    Posted at 11:03h, 29 March Reply

    I love ginger in EVERYTHING! And all my plastic spatulas are yellow with turmeric.

    • Eileen
      Posted at 11:25h, 29 March Reply

      LOL! Make that a double… My kitchen toys are all stained!

  • Kathy
    Posted at 19:27h, 01 April Reply

    I gor the ingredients and will make my first batch tonight!

    • Eileen
      Posted at 19:46h, 01 April Reply

      Congrats Kathy! Be sure to let us know how it worked 😉 I think I’ve started a turmeric movement.

  • Karen Michelle Bayard
    Posted at 21:10h, 27 May Reply

    Thank you. I will make this tonight!

  • Graeme
    Posted at 07:47h, 10 August Reply

    I grow each of the items in my home garden and I have access to a local bee hive. I have never made a tea from them before now; wow thanks.
    I is sooooo full of beaut flavour.
    Graeme of Coffs Harbour NSW in the land of Oz.

    • Eileen
      Posted at 08:04h, 10 August Reply

      What I wouldn’t give to have a garden like yours! Enjoy

  • xro99
    Posted at 14:23h, 13 October Reply

    Delicious. I do the same, except with no lemon or honey (I am sugar-free). I will add in some lemon next time and try it out, should be good!

    Also, I have found fresh turmeric in my chinese grocers, I just pound the ginger and turmeric together in a mortar pestle and then pour boiling water over that mash. Tastes amazing.

    Fresh turmeric is LOVELY.

    (haldi is the hindi word for it, and adrak is the word for ginger)

    • Eileen
      Posted at 15:32h, 13 October Reply

      Thanks for the additional information. I love fresh turmeric but it is difficult to find… until last week, that is! I just found a local Indian grocer who sells it. I’m totally going to try your suggestion (including the honey-free version). Let’s see his reaction when I ask in Hindi now that I know how :)

      Thanks again,

  • Denise
    Posted at 11:39h, 11 January Reply

    This is so simple….love it ….will try tonight! thx

  • mahshid bakhtiari
    Posted at 01:55h, 10 February Reply

    I love turmeic and ginger it taste good and healthy thank you

  • mandy
    Posted at 15:41h, 19 February Reply

    I am using a fine sieve and am straining out a lot of the turmeric powder. Will I still get the anti-inflammatory benefits or should I use a bigger strainer and get more of the turmeric through?

    • Eileen
      Posted at 18:32h, 19 February Reply

      I also use a fine sieve. To be honest,by the time the tea cools off, some of the powder settles to the bottom. Continue to make the tea the way the recipe indicates. If you do it regularly, you will definitely get the anti-inflammatory benefits of the turmeric anyway. I also use it in dressings, marinades… pretty much in everything so that I am not relying solely on the tea. Happy sipping and thanks for the comment.

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  • Deborah Lee
    Posted at 21:58h, 21 March Reply

    Making it now. Thanks! Where’s the pin it button?

    • Eileen
      Posted at 22:02h, 21 March Reply

      I know, Deborah! I should totally have the “pin it” button as it is the most popular recipe (and post) on my blog. I am in the process of relaunching my site with more bells and whistles… and “pin it” buttons 😉

      Thanks for the tip. It is much appreciated!

      Enjoy your tea, my friend.

  • Rita
    Posted at 21:57h, 24 March Reply

    Can you make this tea and then store it in the fridge to re-heat the next morning?

    • Eileen
      Posted at 22:11h, 24 March Reply

      Thanks for your question, Rita.

      Yes, you can make extra and store it in the fridge. I actually made a gallon of it this morning so that I can enjoy it all week long. Let me know how it goes.

  • Lisa
    Posted at 08:08h, 08 April Reply

    Can you make it in the morning and put it in the refridgerator ?? How long will it keep in the refridgerator ??

    • Eileen
      Posted at 20:35h, 08 April Reply

      Thank you for the great question! Yes, you can totally make it in the morning and leave it in the fridge. I actually have made enough for at least 3-4 days. If you use fresh turmeric root, you won’t have to worry about all the powdered spice settling on the bottom. And here’s another tip… when you feel a cold coming on, add a few garlic cloves. Enjoy!

  • Linda
    Posted at 22:45h, 09 June Reply

    Great recipe — I made it in my coffee maker, 10 cups of water — run the water through and let it seep for 10 minutes, into the turmeric and ginger — easy peasy! But let me ask you this — if you add the lemon while mix is very hot, will it destroy the Vit. C in the lemon? I choose to add the lemon and honey after I took it off of the heat.

    • Eileen
      Posted at 22:37h, 11 June Reply

      Thank you for the comment. Vitamin C is not completely destroyed by boiling, however, if you’d like to add it at the end, that’s perfectly fine too. I do that sometimes but only because I forget to do it in the beginning. Now I need to come up with a tea that helps me with my memory 😉

  • Adrianne Talbot-Thomson
    Posted at 12:04h, 08 July Reply

    I add the lemon and honey after it has cooled enough to not destroy any of their properties.

    • Eileen
      Posted at 15:35h, 08 July Reply

      If that works for you, then that’s awesome. Enjoy!

  • Maria
    Posted at 12:20h, 22 January Reply

    Thank you for your post. I wanted to ask, is this something that you make fresh daily, or can we make enough for a couple of days and store in the fridge?

    • Eileen
      Posted at 12:34h, 22 January Reply

      Thank you for your question, Maria. I have done both. I enjoy the evening routine which inclues making just enough tea for my family of five. However, when I’m pressed for time or would like a cooler version during the hot summer months, I generally make a lot to keep in the fridge. Also note that When making large quantities, fresh turmeric and ginger root work better than the powdered version that tends to settle on the bottom of pitcher.

      Hope this helps!

      • Maria
        Posted at 13:24h, 22 January Reply

        Thank you so much for the info. On my way to buy fresh turmeric root.

  • Rhiah
    Posted at 14:22h, 03 February Reply

    Thanks for your recipe, I’ve been trying to find one for ages.
    A Doctor had recommended turmeric tea as a natural ant-inflammatory remedy. Like one of your previous followers, I too wish I could PIN this.

    • Eileen
      Posted at 21:14h, 24 February Reply

      I’m glad you found the recipe helpful… and congratulations on finding a doctor who recommends this tea! That’s quite odd.

      As for the site, we are currently working on a relaunch project which will be unveiled very soon. Pinning will be one of the many upgrades. Stay tuned…

  • Ria
    Posted at 21:07h, 24 February Reply

    Amazing and relaxing drink! Thanks for sharing

    • Eileen
      Posted at 21:13h, 24 February Reply

      My pleasure. Thank you for stopping by to let me know.

  • Dawn Marie
    Posted at 22:06h, 20 March Reply

    Made this tonight. The bf wants to know if he should
    drink more, since he’s a “big guy “?
    Also can you drink too much of this tea?

    • Eileen
      Posted at 19:37h, 26 March Reply

      Too much of anything is never a good thing. That said, if you enjoy it, have more. One serving daily is fine. I have mine at night and my husband who is a “big guy” doesn’t have any more or less than I do. Don’t overthink it, Dawn. And congratulations on having your BF join you on your health journey. That’s HUGE!

  • Valerie
    Posted at 19:22h, 02 December Reply

    Have you ever made it with fresh turmeric?

    • Eileen
      Posted at 02:12h, 03 December Reply

      Actually I use the root more often than the powdered version. I’m fortunate that I live near several Indian grocers that carry it. However, most people cannot find it. I prefer the root as it doesn’t settle on the bottom of my cup.

  • Jane E King
    Posted at 21:23h, 02 February Reply

    I don’t mean to sound like an idiot but, is it the juice of 1/2 lemon or the lemon itself that has been juiced and not the juice?

    • Eileen
      Posted at 21:48h, 02 February Reply

      You don’t sound like an idiot at all… don’t be silly. Just cut a fresh lemon in half, squeeze the out the juice (a lemon press does this very easily) and that’s it.

  • Cathy Seiffert
    Posted at 09:59h, 06 March Reply

    Thanks for posting. Looks like a good nighttime tea. I missed the part of using whole turmeric. Please explain.
    Also what is the name of the brand ground in the bag that is pictured? Thanks!

    • Eileen
      Posted at 11:38h, 19 March Reply

      Hi Cathy,

      I generally use a thumb-sized amount of fresh turmeric root cut in slices. The brand shown in the image is from kalustyan’s located in New York City. It is a spice haven like no other! You can also order online at: https://www.kalustyans.com… be warned though, you WILL be tempted to buy more than just turmeric powder.

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  • Patricia Evans
    Posted at 10:46h, 02 August Reply

    This tea sounds marvellous, can’t wait to try it! Love all the comments and feedback.

  • pauline richmond
    Posted at 03:26h, 22 October Reply

    Hi there have just come across your blog as I serched for Tumeric to,aid sleep,? I have suffered from Insomnia for years and sometimes even sleep aid tab do not work . So here we go I am going to,try your tea remedy and will let you know how I go. 22nd October 2016 6.56pm Australia

    • Eileen
      Posted at 15:08h, 23 October Reply

      I’m looking forward to hearing how it goes. Thank you for your comment.

  • THomas Beecher
    Posted at 10:21h, 05 November Reply

    Why can’t I blend everthing and not strain but drink it all

    • Eileen
      Posted at 18:39h, 19 November Reply

      You certainly can. I’ve always said that recipes are just guides. If you want to consume every ingredient in it’s whole form, go right ahead :) Let me know how it goes.

  • Jackie cates
    Posted at 19:43h, 25 January Reply

    Please, I would like to know if you can leave the turmeric tea out for a few days. My husband makes me the turmeric tea and he makes enough for a couple of days and leaves it sit out a couple of nights. I have kidney cancer with 8 tumors throughout my body and we are hoping this will help.

    • Eileen
      Posted at 19:24h, 06 March Reply

      Hi Kackoe,

      I’m glad you are being proactive about your health. It sounds like you have an awesome husband. I like making my tea fresh at night but I know that’s a habit not everyone can commit too, particularly while trying to balance the many responsibilities of a health challenge. So yes, you can make enough for a few days. However, I would ask that you use fresh turmeric and ginger as opposed to the powdered versions. It tends to settle on the bottom. Enjoy!

      Yours in health,

  • Tiffany D Frazier
    Posted at 01:33h, 07 May Reply

    Hi, Eileen does the tea last in the fridge and can i reheat it from the fridge and restore what i dont use?

    • Eileen
      Posted at 17:37h, 14 May Reply

      I try to make enough to last two or three days at most. So yes, you totally can.

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