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!

55 Comments

  • Hi, I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your time in NZ, we are having beautiful hot and sunny days here at the moment.. Not quite turmeric tea weather but tonight I decided to have a chamomile before bed after an evening swim...
  • marta
    I am allergic to coconut can I replace with something else ?? or just skip it
  • Pat Cbgo
    Hello, I was given a bottle of Curcumin liquid to take for a detox. I was wandering if I you recommended I could swap the tumeric powder with one tbs of the curcumin liquid instead? Thankyou for your passion, time and quality. I am going through the Voyage Book and ticking one recipe a month!!
  • Such beautiful pictures! I can't imagine the mess that was caused by the "pouring" picture but the effect is amazing! Cannot wait to try this recipe in my home x
  • This sounds so good right about now! I'm always cold this time of year and getting good sleep can be difficult too. This tea looks delicious!
  • Catherine
    I tried this last night and loved it! Health and nutrition aside, it tastes lovely, and it's just a nice way to end the day. Thank you for the recipe!
  • Esther
    Love.....love tumeric! Have some most days and this will be another way to enjoy it. Photography great! Enjoy your website so glad I stumbled upon it.
  • It seems sooo comforting...looking forward to drink it in a cold and foggy night!
  • Saskia
    You guys just don't stop to impress me! The pictures are beyond beautiful and the tea itself... I hesitated first as I really don't like chamomille tea, but gave it a try anyway. Well, this tea is not comparable to anything I have ever drank before! It's delicious, very well balanced and very soothing. This is going to be my new evening routine I guess and, as I am pregnant, it feels really good to add some extra health bonus to baby and myself. :) You are amazing. Thanks so much!
  • !Fantástica receta¡ Fácil de elaborar, Con buenas fotografías y un resultado final delicioso, me encantan. Muchas gracias por compartirla con todos/as. / http://www.mascasaonline.com
  • Birgit
    sitting here drinking the whole recipe because husband does't like this sort of tea it tasts great like hot chocolate with cream ? thank you for my new bedtime routine lg birgit
  • These pictures are stunning! My husband loves turmeric tea, so we will definitely try this out! -Molly apolloandluna.com
  • Love your dishes so much! It looks so much more interesting and impressive - the color composition is great! lovely tea! xoxo Katie www.whatskatieupto.com
  • Claudia
    Made this yesterday evening. We had no chamomile at home, so we used our favorite herbal tea. Our milk was unsweetened rice-coconut. What a delicious drink, we loved it and enjoyed it with two pieces of dark chocolate. Thanks!
  • How soothing! I've been loving cinnamon tea and green tea!
  • You have turned a simple tea into something comforting and nourishing. I drink chamomile often but I love these additional flavors to give it more interest. And those mugs are gorgeous. Wish I could buy them here!
  • OMG, that splash shot is probably one of the most beautiful drink shots I have ever seen! Love the recipe so much, thank you!
  • That splash shot is awesome! I only tried warm turmeric drinks lately and I am a big fan.

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