Drink Turmeric Tea; Feel Better


No matter how many layers of Heattech I combine with my Nano Puff and all-weather Duck Boots, I can't get warm in winter. So, I've added an extra approach: heat from the inside, out (not as sketchy as it sounds—it boils down to a morning cup of turmeric tea).

Aside from the warm, spicy feeling it'll give you, turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory, and is perfect to encourage hydration in the form of continuous sipping (also, studies show the spice is linked to improved brain function, if that's a thing that's important to you). On top of that, turmeric tea is easy to make and chances are that all the ingredients are already in your cupboard.

Resident tea expert Kathy YL Chan recommends making a turmeric paste with the following portions:

  • 3 tsp. of turmeric (preferably organic)
  • ¼ cup of honey (always raw!)

With a spoon, mix the turmeric and honey together in a glass jar. For immediate enjoyment, stir a spoonful in one cup of boiling water. The rest will keep in a cool, dark place like your cupboard.

For a sweeter taste, either add less turmeric or more honey. For an extra kick, add grated ginger, a squeeze of lemon, and/or cracks of black pepper. Now, drink, enjoy, and patiently wait for spring.

—Alexis Cheung

Photograph courtesy of the author.