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Chamomile & Turmeric Evening Tea

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.


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.


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.


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!


  1. Posted 25 Nov ’15 at 13:56 | #

    I really hope to go to New Zealand one day! Might have to add this tea to my routine already though ;)

  2. Posted 25 Nov ’15 at 14:31 | #

    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 :)

  3. Posted 25 Nov ’15 at 15:04 | #

    where’s that tea bowl from? it’s so pretty, just had to ask:)

  4. Posted 25 Nov ’15 at 17:24 | #

    I love manuka honey and your evening tea seems really comforting and delicious ^_^

  5. Posted 25 Nov ’15 at 17:29 | #

    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.

  6. Posted 25 Nov ’15 at 18:10 | #

    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!

  7. Posted 25 Nov ’15 at 18:36 | #

    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.

  8. Posted 25 Nov ’15 at 18:37 | #

    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.

  9. Emma
    Posted 25 Nov ’15 at 19:29 | #

    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!

    • Posted 25 Nov ’15 at 20:14 | #

      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.

    • Posted 27 Nov ’15 at 09:08 | #

      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

  10. Posted 25 Nov ’15 at 20:15 | #

    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!

  11. John
    Posted 25 Nov ’15 at 21:34 | #

    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!

    • Posted 27 Nov ’15 at 09:18 | #

      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

  12. Julia
    Posted 25 Nov ’15 at 21:48 | #

    Hello:) I believe it’s a common question but what camera do you use? :)

  13. Anna
    Posted 26 Nov ’15 at 07:15 | #

    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 :-)

    • Posted 27 Nov ’15 at 09:14 | #

      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!

  14. Posted 26 Nov ’15 at 07:38 | #

    How peaceful and pretty, this made me want to travel somewhere warm and have a cup of this while watching the stars!

  15. Posted 26 Nov ’15 at 10:06 | #

    Oh my goodness, that splash shot is beautiful! This looks like the perfect drink to enjoy before bed.

  16. Alisa
    Posted 26 Nov ’15 at 15:51 | #

    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!!!

  17. Posted 26 Nov ’15 at 16:14 | #

    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! :)

  18. Posted 26 Nov ’15 at 17:09 | #


  19. Posted 26 Nov ’15 at 20:51 | #

    The photos are to die for.Thanks for sharing them with us as well as the stunning ceramics. On my Christmas wish list :)

  20. Posted 26 Nov ’15 at 22:49 | #

    This is such an amazing recipe, I’m gonna make this over the weekend. :)

  21. Posted 27 Nov ’15 at 01:36 | #

    That splash shot is awesome!
    I only tried warm turmeric drinks lately and I am a big fan.

  22. Posted 27 Nov ’15 at 15:00 | #

    OMG, that splash shot is probably one of the most beautiful drink shots I have ever seen! Love the recipe so much, thank you!

  23. Posted 27 Nov ’15 at 16:17 | #

    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!

  24. Posted 27 Nov ’15 at 19:11 | #

    How soothing! I’ve been loving cinnamon tea and green tea!

  25. Claudia
    Posted 28 Nov ’15 at 12:59 | #

    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!

  26. Posted 30 Nov ’15 at 11:08 | #

    I have to try this out!

  27. Posted 30 Nov ’15 at 16:13 | #

    Love your dishes so much! It looks so much more interesting and impressive – the color composition is great! lovely tea! xoxo Katie http://www.whatskatieupto.com

  28. Posted 1 Dec ’15 at 14:04 | #

    These photos and this recipe are just gorgeous!

  29. Posted 1 Dec ’15 at 16:51 | #

    These pictures are stunning! My husband loves turmeric tea, so we will definitely try this out!

  30. Birgit
    Posted 2 Dec ’15 at 00:18 | #

    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

  31. Posted 2 Dec ’15 at 19:52 | #

    !Fantástica receta¡ Fácil de elaborar, Con buenas fotografías y un resultado final delicioso, me encantan. Muchas gracias por compartirla con todos/as.
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  32. Saskia
    Posted 3 Dec ’15 at 12:29 | #

    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!

  33. Posted 5 Dec ’15 at 15:31 | #

    It seems sooo comforting…looking forward to drink it in a cold and foggy night!

  34. Esther
    Posted 8 Dec ’15 at 23:23 | #

    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.

  35. Catherine
    Posted 15 Dec ’15 at 00:05 | #

    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!

  36. Posted 16 Dec ’15 at 03:01 | #

    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!

  37. Posted 18 Dec ’15 at 14:35 | #

    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

  38. Pat Cbgo
    Posted 8 Jan ’16 at 17:46 | #


    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!!

  39. marta
    Posted 13 Jan ’16 at 21:16 | #

    I am allergic to coconut can I replace with something else ?? or just skip it

  40. Posted 3 Feb ’16 at 10:42 | #

    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…

  41. Posted 3 Feb ’16 at 12:01 | #

    Your photos are stunning. Love it! Admire your invention and creativity… From Poland with love ;-)

  42. Stephanie
    Posted 11 Feb ’16 at 23:22 | #

    I literally just came across your site while looking for vegan websites and as I put your blog into bloglovin’, I saw the post about this chamomile turmeric tea. I had just finish drinking chamomile tea (loose leaf) when I decided to try it your way and I love it!!! I didn’t use coconut oil (I’ll add that tomorrow) and I use hemp milk which was so delicious and warming. I’m going to sleep like a baby tonight. I also love the photography and the beautiful mug you used! I’ve already fallen in love with your website! Blessings x

  43. Lori
    Posted 19 Apr ’16 at 01:53 | #

    I’ve always heard that if you add any kind of sugar, the turmeric won’t work as a antinflamitory ?

    • Posted 18 Sep ’16 at 02:55 | #

      Hi, Lori. I’m not an expert nor am I in the medical field in any way, but I have been reading up a lot on turmeric because of my interest in the use and benefits of turmeric and ginger in teas. I have not come across anything saying that sugar (in any form) will reduce turmeric’s anti-inflammatory benefits.The only mentions of sugar and turmeric together in the same sentence have been to praise the ability of curcumin (turmeric’s primary polyphenol) to regulate blood sugar levels. Anyone else out there read or heard any negative reports on the use of sugar with turmeric?

  44. Louise
    Posted 19 Apr ’16 at 15:51 | #

    I have been making golden milk which us what this is and never thought of adding chamomile. I add everything else there but use my coconut oil in my smoothies. I can attest to the mixture of golden milk gor my inflammation of arthritis, Fibromyalgia and on top if it tge chamomile cab sooth a belly disharmony. Thanks FOR THE idea

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