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LEMON GINGER DETOX TEA

Lemon Ginger Detox Tea is a daily anti-inflammatory morning wellness drink to boost your immune system, stimulate digestion and kick start your metabolism!

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Why We Love This Recipe!

Soothing, flavorful and full of nutrients, this Detox Tea with lemon, ginger, turmeric, and cayenne is a new staple in my morning routine!

  • Caffeine free. I love that it has no caffeine, but stimulates me at the same time.
  • Cleansing. The body is cleansed by the combination of ginger and lemon, and the turmeric and cayenne pepper aids to reduce inflammation and speed up the metabolism. Read on.

It’s a perfect nourishing, immune boosting elixir in the morning as well as throughout the day!

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Lemon Ginger Detox Tea Ingredients.

Lemon Ginger Tea Ingredients

Made with just a few simple ingredients, power up in the morning and throughout the day with a cup of this immune boosting and detoxifying lemon ginger tea.

Here is everything you will need, including their health benefits:

  • Lemon: Lemons are a good source of vitamin C which is one of the most important antioxidants in nature. These powerful antioxidants neutralize free radicals both inside and outside the cell. Free radicals can cause inflammation, the antioxidants in lemons are helpful for reducing inflammation and symptoms of arthritis. They also contain flavonoids to help attack and prevent certain cancer cells from growing. Lemons also hold antibiotic effects. This yellow oval fruit is full of healing properties and should be enjoyed regularly.
  • GingerGinger, like lemons, also holds anti-inflammatory benefits (great for people with arthritis, like myself). It also eases gas and bloating, and is helpful with motion sickness. And when you’re feeling under the weather, ginger helps promote healthy sweating which is a great way to get the toxins out. Ginger can be used in lots of recipes like soups, noodle dishes, dressings, drinks, etc. It’s handy to have fresh ginger root on hand for when the time calls, and this detox tea is another great way to use it up!
  • Turmeric: Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammation benefits, as well as being full of antioxidants. It may be help reduce symptoms of depression, combat cancer, and aides in preventing diabetes. It’s an all around amazing spice with a beautiful golden hue.
  • Cayenne: Cayenne is another spice that helps to fight inflammation. It can also help clear congestion as well as act as a natural pain reliever. It can help with weight loss and give your immune system a boost with its high content of beta-carotene. Not only will it add a spicy kick to your food/drinks, it will take care of you on the inside as well!

For every bit of its healing effects, it tastes twice as good!

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How To Make Lemon Ginger Detox Tea

Make this immune boosting detox tea 1 of 2 ways:

  1. Stovetop. Using a small pot or kettle, add the water, ginger, lemon juice, cayenne and turmeric, give a good stir. Place over low heat and warm until steam comes up or whistle blows on the kettle. Let rest for 5 minutes, pour, add a little sweetener, and enjoy.
  2. Right in your cup. Heat water to boiling in a pot or kettle. Pour warm water into your cup, add ginger, lemon juice, cayenne, and turmeric, let set for 5 minutes. Add a little sweetener, stir and enjoy!

Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled.

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How To Store + Make Ahead

  • Refrigerator: Leftover tea can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days using reusable glass or plastic (pref PBA-free) bottles.
  • Make ahead: Lemon Ginger Tea can be made in advance and stored in individual beverage containers (glass or PBA-free plastic), making for a healthy drink to take along for hiking, traveling or work.

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If you try this healthy detox tea recipe or have a question, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.

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LEMON GINGER DETOX TEA

Lemon Ginger Detox Tea is a daily anti-inflammatory morning wellness drink to boost your immune system, stimulate your digestion and kick start your metabolism!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Yield: Serve 1 – 2 1x
  • Category: Beverage
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 large lemon, juice of
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (optional)
  • pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon raw, coconut or organic sugar or maple syrup (optional)

Instructions

Prep the ginger by using a vegetable peeler to remove the outer skin and thinly slice with a sharp knife.

Using a small pot or kettle, add the water, ginger, lemon juice, turmeric and cayenne, give a good stir. Place over medium-low to low heat and warm until steam comes up or whistle blows on the kettle.

Let rest for 5 minutes, pour into individual cups, add a little sweetener, and enjoy.

Serves 1 – 2

Notes

Alternative heating option: Heat water to boiling in a pot or kettle. Pour warm water into your cup, add ginger, lemon juice, cayenne, and turmeric, let set for 5 minutes. Add a little sweetener, stir and enjoy!

Updated: Lemon Ginger Detox Tea was originally published in April 2014. It has been retested and updated with new photos and helpful tips in July 2020.

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18 Comments

  1. Janice Short says:

    Yay, Julie — perfection at last. Ive been playing with different combos to upgrade my typical morning hot water and lemon juice for a couple months and never achieved “the one” This is it! Love the flavor!!! New to turmeric and happy to find a good way to incorporate it. I am a big fan of cayenne and all the ingredients you use. Made in my glass infuser tea pot, 27 oz, so now I have enough for three days. Thank you so much for my new daily treat! I subscribed yesterday and spent hours reading your site and saving recipes to my homescreen. I read a lot of vegan and vegetarian blogs and am a discerning user, and yours is the BEST I have read for numerous reasons. You are blessedly articulate, embrace simplicity like I do, and your coverage is comprehensive and useful. Loved the vegan pantry post! Shopping tomorrow to start using the fruits of your labor. Thank you soooo much!

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Yay, so glad this recipe is working well for you! Thank you for sharing, Janice!

  2. When you store this and have during the week, do you reheat or drink cold? I love this recipe but sometimes am lazy in the morning so I love the idea of making ahead.

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Making ahead is a great idea! You can do either with the leftovers, reheat or drink it chilled. Just make sure to give it a good stir before pouring. I’ll have to add a note in the recipe card. Thanks for asking, Steph!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Beautiful recipe and beautiful photos! Where is the kettle pictured from? Been on the (long) hunt for a nice stovetop kettle

  4. Hai! Can a pregnant woman drink this tea

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Great question, Tina! Yes, this is a herbal tea and safe to drink during pregnancy. It’s great for times when you are experiencing nausea, vomiting, or light uterine cramping in early pregnancy. Just don’t overdue it! :)

  5. I love this tea! It’s so easy and tastes delicious. Thank you!

  6. Is it okay if I use lime instead of lemon? Does it have the same nutritional benefits?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Yes, lime would be great too!

  7. Lovely Girl says:

    Lovely write up and photos! I make something like this every morning there's nothing like it.
    A half to an inch piece of peeled ginger, half a peeled lemon (unpeeled if it's an organic Meyer lemon), a couple dashes of Spicy Sunshine (1 part cayenne pepper and 2 parts turmeric powder), and about a tsp of raw honey or organic maple syrup. I blend it with a cup of coconut water or regular water, strain it into my travel cup (16oz), and then fill with hot water. When I travel I use ginger powder (about a tsp) and just juice the lemon, since I don't carry my blender around with me.  

  8. Anonymous says:

    Does this help with weight loss?

  9. I've been drinking this for a week now and can I tell you how great I feel? No longer feel the 2pm afternoon slump, I actually have energy. Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. Laura Black says:

    I have been drinking a cup of lemon ginger tea, with a dash of cayenne, in the mornings for years. It is by far the best way to complete your body's overnight detox process. And it's so yummy, too. Thanks for sharing this simple, body loving tea. :)

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