Turmeric Tea Recipe for Joint and Bone Health

herbal tea with turmeric
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 10 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cup
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
221 Calories
7g Fat
30g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 221
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 115mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 338mg 26%
Iron 10mg 57%
Potassium 752mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Turmeric is a golden spice that has long been touted for its healing benefits in the ayurvedic medical tradition, the sister science of yoga. Yogi Bhajan, founder of the Yogi Tea brand who brought Kundalini Yoga to the United States, recommends this hot turmeric tea recipe for joint and bone health. Putting oil in tea may seem unusual at first, but the result is heavenly and quite soothing.

In Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, turmeric is thought to aid in digestion, support a healthy immune system, support healthy cholesterol levels, and support liver detoxification, among other benefits. In Western medicine, research published in 2011 shows that turmeric may ease an upset stomach, reduce osteoarthritis pain, and provide anti-inflammatory, anticancer and antioxidant benefits. In addition, research published in 2018 suggests turmeric may have bone health benefits for women with post-menopausal osteoporosis.

Enjoy a cup of this turmeric tea whenever you want a comforting, relaxing beverage with health benefits.


  • 2 tablespoons ground turmeric

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1 cup milk, soy milk, or other non-dairy milk substitute

  • 1 teaspoon almond oil

  • 1 teaspoon honey

Steps to Make It

  1. Stir together the ground turmeric and water in a small saucepan.

  2. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook, stirring, until a thick paste is formed.

  3. Use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of this turmeric paste for each cup of tea.

  4. Add turmeric paste, milk, almond oil and honey to saucepan and reduce heat to low.

  5. Bring milk just to a boil then remove from heat.

  6. Whisk briskly or blend if you prefer a frothier drink.

*Cook's Notes:

  • Be sure to use almond oil and not a substitute in this turmeric tea recipe. Don’t try this with olive oil if you’re out of almond oil—you will likely spit it out!

  • Almond oil is rich in vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium, and zinc, making it beneficial for skin, hair, and heart health.

  • Try adding a little cinnamon to your tea for a flavor boost.

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  1. Benzie IFF, Wachtel-Galor S. Herbal Medicine Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects, Second Edition. CRC Press Taylor & Francis. 2011.

  2. Khanizadeh F, Rahmani A, Asadollahi K, Ahmadi MRH. Combination therapy of curcumin and alendronate modulates bone turnover markers and enhances bone mineral density in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Arch Endocrinol Metab. 2018;62(4):438-445.  doi:10.20945/2359-3997000000060