Chamomile & Turmeric Evening Tea

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It was soon a year ago that we crammed Elsa, baby Isac, ourselves, our backpacks and a pram into a tiny campervan and drove around New Zealand. Our memories of green mountains, turquoise volcanic lakes, enchanted forests, star-filled nights and sheep-covered fields are still vivid. Campervan life wasn’t super comfortable and our cooking wasn’t extravagant but it was the trip of a life time.

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We made this tea part of our evening routine while we were driving around the chillier south island of New Zealand. It was the perfect way to end the day after having driven for hours, taken mountain hikes and played on the windy sand beaches. Sitting on wobbly plastic chairs next to the car, watching the sunset and drinking this warm and soothing evening tea before going to bed. Oh happy memories!

And with the first snow starting to fall here in Scandinavia, we have now begun making that tea again. Unfortunately our view isn’t that amazing here in our Stockholm apartment, but we close our eyes, take a sip and pretend that we have lush mountains behind our backs and a wild ocean dancing in front of us.

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Warm chamomile tea with honey is indeed a good sleep-aid. Chamomile is calming and honey is anti-bacterial. We kept a huge jar New Zealand Manuka with us in the van and it felt like such a luxury. Active Manuka honey is known for its medicinal properties. If you can’t find it or afford it, choose another unheated quality honey. Coconut oil is a true super food with a long list of health benefits, add it to your daily routine and always choose a cold pressed quality oil. It gives tea a round and rich consistency and leaves you more satisfied. It can however feel a little oily and unusual if you are not used to it, so I recommend starting with a little less. Turmeric, ginger and cinnamon add great flavour as well as immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. Try adding a little black pepper, the black pepper helps to enhance the bioavailability of curcumin in turmeric by a thousand times.

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Chamomile & Turmeric Evening Tea
Serves 4

2 cups drinking water
2 tbsp dried chamomile in a tea bag or 2 chamomile tea sachets (organic if possible)
1-3 tsp cold-pressed coconut oil
1 1/2 cup unsweetened plant milk of choice
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
(a pinch of black pepper, optional)
1 tbsp raw honey (Manuka honey if possible) or more to taste

Bring water to a boil in a sauce pan. Turn off the heat, then add chamomile and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Discard the chamomile. Now stir in milk, coconut oil, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, (black pepper) and honey. Taste and add more honey, coconut oil or spices if you prefer. Re-heat on low heat if needed. Enjoy!

54 Comments

  • This is such an amazing recipe, I'm gonna make this over the weekend. :)
  • The photos are to die for.Thanks for sharing them with us as well as the stunning ceramics. On my Christmas wish list :)
  • I love the idea of adding coconut oil to the tea! I usually drink nine straight, but lately I've been playing around with different spices and sweeteners. This is going at the top of my list! :)
  • Alisa
    Hi David and Luise! It is Thanksgiving today in the States... And I wanted to tell you how truly appreciative I am for you both. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us. You have both truly been a blessing in my life. My husband even surprised me with your cookbooks, because he knows how much I love you guys! Happy Thankgiving!!!
  • Oh my goodness, that splash shot is beautiful! This looks like the perfect drink to enjoy before bed.
  • How peaceful and pretty, this made me want to travel somewhere warm and have a cup of this while watching the stars!
  • Anna
    I drink a similar drink every evening, but the addition of chamomile sounds fantastic! Turmeric is a real super boost! However adding black pepper is said to activate the ingredients in turmeric and boost the health benefits of curcumin even further - so you may want to add a pinch of black pepper to your blend for an even healthier drink :-)
    • Thats true! Turmeric and black pepper is a great pair to match. The black pepper helps to enhance the bioavailability of curcumin by a thousand times. Thanks you for the reminder!
  • Julia
    Hello:) I believe it's a common question but what camera do you use? :)
  • John
    This tea looks amazing! I was wondering if the coconut oil is actually incorporated in the milky blend (as it looks in the photos) or if it's hard not to have it float on the surface? I am not sure coconut oil can easily have that creamy melt that butter can have in e.g. beurre blanc sauce. I would think it might, if the mixture is not very hot and you wisk well, but any guidance would be helpful!
    • Hi John, when stirred the coconut oil blends quite well, but it will float to the surface, see image 3/4, I simply stir with a teaspoon before drinking. Best Luise
  • I am just sipping on a cup of this tea and even though the addition of coconut oil sounded a bit weird at first I have to say I really like it. I added a bit more cinnamon, just because I'm crazy about it and used hazelnut milk. It's really comforting. Thanks for sharing!
  • Emma
    Hej/hi! I just wondering if there is any idea, from the Health Point of view (it sure tastes good) to put honey in hot water? Is all the good stuff ruined? Thanks for all the inspiration! //Emma
    • Sorry if it's not my place to answer the question, but anyway. You are right, the good stuff in honey is more or less ruined if you put it in very hot water. It's better to add it to luke warm water.
    • Hi Emma, Once the tea has steeped for 3-5 minutes and the milk is added, the water temperature doesn't destroy the vital ingredients in the honey. best Luise
  • I already drink a tumeric, ginger, and cinnamon tea that on it's own is good for insomnia and the winter blues. What a fantastic idea to add chamomile to it as well! I'll be trying this out for sure.
  • I love learning more about the medicinal properties of certain foods. I've been trying to use a lot more turmeric in my food once I've learned more about it's health benefits. This tea looks lovely.
  • This sounds amazing. I can't wait to try this on those cold winter nights (which we'll probably get a whooping 2 of in Texas)! I love the routine of drinking hot tea before bed, it's such a great way to get cozy and end the day. Thanks for sharing!
  • This tea looks so warming and comforting. I'm a professional cook, and I'm always looking for ways to wind down after a long shift that doesn't involve alcohol. Herbal tea has been my relaxation of choice, and this blend sounds fantastic. I'll be trying this out very soon.
  • I love manuka honey and your evening tea seems really comforting and delicious ^_^
  • where's that tea bowl from? it's so pretty, just had to ask:)
  • I'm not a huge fan of turmeric but I can see how it can blend well with all the other ingredients. Definitely need to try this before before time one day :)
  • I really hope to go to New Zealand one day! Might have to add this tea to my routine already though ;)

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