5 Minute Turmeric Tea Recipe (Or How to Make Golden Milk)

Soothing and Immune Boosting Turmeric Tea Recipe - Golden Milk Recipe

This turmeric tea recipe is a favorite staple in our home. I used to think only chamomile or green tea had health benefits, but this tea with its earthy golden spice is perhaps an even more powerful (and soothing) remedy. In fact, turmeric tea (or “golden milk” as it’s also called) has been revered since ancient times for its healing properties.

You’ve probably encountered turmeric in Indian or Asian dishes. It is easily recognized by its bright yellow (and I mean very bright yellow!) color.

“Golden milk” is a great way to get the health benefits of turmeric even when it isn’t on the menu. Prepared this way with warming spices like cinnamon and ginger, even my kids absolutely love the flavor.

We have this tea several times a week, depending on the time of year and what sounds good. I love drinking this tea especially before bed because it aids relaxation and helps boost the immune system while sleeping.

Why Drink Turmeric Tea?

how-to-make-turmeric-tea-golden-milk-with-wellness-mamaTurmeric tea is more than tasty … consuming turmeric (whether in tea or in curries, soups, sauces, or other cooking) supports digestion, immune function, the liver, and even possibly offers protection from some types of cancer.

This tea actually maximizes the natural antioxidant power of turmeric because it is a) hot and b) combined with other beneficial spices and a little bit of fat.

There are several variations as to how to make turmeric tea (given below), but here are the components you need to get the full benefits of turmeric:

  1. Heat
  2. Turmeric
  3. Pepper (tiny amount)
  4. Some kind of fat for absorption

Start with this base, and adjust spices and sweeteners to your satisfaction!

Curcumin: Turmeric’s Secret Weapon

The secret of this ancient spice is curcumin, a compound well-studied for its health benefits. Turmeric contains up to 3% curcumin by weight.

Curcumin is believed to halt an enzyme that may be responsible for turning environmental toxins into carcinogens in the body. (This is one reason turmeric has long been a folk remedy for helping protect the body from the affects of smoking or chewing tobacco.)

Curcumin may also improve digestion of fats and sugars and help alleviate inflammation in the digestive system. It is even used in the mouth to help alleviate gum problems!

Soothing and Immune Boosting Turmeric Tea Recipe - Golden Milk Recipe

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Turmeric Tea Golden Milk Recipe




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Turmeric tea or golden milk is a great way to get the benefits of turmeric daily. I love drinking this just before bed.


  • 2 cups of milk of choice (almond, pecan, coconut, and dairy all work in this recipe)
  • 1 tsp turmeric or turmeric spice mix (where to get it)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (where to find it)
  • pinch of black pepper (increases absorption)
  • tiny piece of fresh, peeled ginger root or 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp raw honey or maple syrup to taste (optional)


  1. First, blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.
  2. Then, pour into a small saucepan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot but not boiling.
  3. Drink immediately.


This may stain blenders and countertops. The color will eventually fade, but making a thick paste of baking soda and water and scrubbing the stain can help.

Recipe can be halved or doubled if needed.

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Turmeric Tea Shortcuts!

Option 1: Dry Turmeric Tea Mix

If you’d rather not mix up the spices each time you make tea, you can easily make a mixture of the spices and just add to warmed milk when ready.


  • 1/2 cup turmeric powder
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon powder
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1-2 TBSP ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne (optional)

To use, add 2 teaspoons of this mix to 2 cups milk of choice, warmed.

Option 2: Golden Turmeric Paste

Another reader, Rose, also shared this variation (thank you Rose!):


  • 1/2 cup turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup filtered water (no fluoride)
  • 1 ½ tsp black pepper
  • 5 TBSP virgin coconut oil

In a stainless steel pot, combine water, turmeric, and black pepper. It should make a thick paste. Cook and stir for 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add virgin coconut oil, using a whisk to fully mix in the coconut oil. Finally, transfer to a glass jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator.

To use, whisk 1 teaspoon Golden Paste to 2 cups milk of choice, warmed (or the coconut oil will congeal). Add molasses, vanilla, and cinnamon to taste.

Turmeric Tea FAQs

This recipe has gained popularity over the years and I’ve received a few (hundred) questions about it. I created this list of commonly asked questions to address the most asked ones:

Can I Make This with Another “Milk”?

how-to-make-turmeric-brothAbsolutely! I mix it up and make it with pecan, cashew, almond, raw grass-fed dairy, or coconut milk (not the canned kind, but this recipe).

It won’t be as creamy, but you can even make this recipe with plain water instead of any milk at all. Bone broth is another great option for the base and you can omit the sweetener if you use broth. If you don’t use milk or broth, consider adding a tiny amount of some kind of fat (like butter or coconut oil) as it increases absorption.

Feeling really brave? Try using camel milk instead!

Where Do You Get Turmeric?

I always order turmeric in bulk because I use it in many spice blends, in beauty recipes, and to make this tea. Look for one that is organic, non-irradiated, and contains curcumin (the brand will often specify a percentage). I personally have ordered this one on on several occasions.

What If I Don’t Like Turmeric/Pepper/Tea?

This might still be worth a try, as it doesn’t taste like any of those. The black pepper is important to this recipe since it contains piperine, a compound known to increase the benefits of turmeric.

Can I Omit the Honey/Maple Syrup?

Of course. I find that it helps mellow out the strong flavor of the turmeric, but it is not necessary. You can also use blood sugar-friendly stevia or nutrient-rich blackstrap molasses to get the benefits.

Can I Get Turmeric in my Diet Another Way?

Sure! But this is the most tasty, in my opinion. If you aren’t into tea or don’t want to take the time to drink it, just add the ingredients to any food, or take alone. For instance, throw some turmeric, black pepper, and olive oil on some roasted veggies to accomplish the same thing. (One brave reader mentioned that she just makes a paste of turmeric and avocado oil and swallows it with 2 whole peppercorns!)

I Have ___ Health Condition or Am Pregnant/Nursing. Can I Drink This?

I always recommend talking with a doctor before consuming any natural remedy. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports it is safe to cook with turmeric while pregnant and nursing but that turmeric supplements should not be taken without a doctor’s advice. Turmeric can have contraindications with certain medicines.

Since this tea contains turmeric, consult with a doctor or midwife before consuming this if you are pregnant, nursing, or have a medical condition. Talk to someone who knows your situation before making a decision.

Can Kids Drink Turmeric Tea?

I give small amounts to my kids. Turmeric is a spice after all! They love the taste and love to help make it, but check with your pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns before drinking this.

This Stained My Counter/Blender/Cup. What Do I Do?

I have good news and bad news. The good news is that the stains aren’t harmful and will fade over time. The bad news is that it will take some time.

Can I Make a Big Batch and Keep in the Fridge?

Sure! I’ve made up to half a gallon and kept it in the fridge. I find I enjoy it cold too, but it can also be reheated in a small saucepan.

Can I Use Fresh Turmeric Root?

Yes! It isn’t often available where we live so I stick with dry, but you can grate a 1-inch piece of fresh turmeric root into the recipe to accomplish the same thing. You may also want to strain it using a fine mesh strainer to remove any remaining pulp or pieces.

How do you use turmeric? Share your uses below!

Turmeric tea or golden milk is an amazing immune-boosting remedy that contains turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and pepper in a milk/broth base.

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  1. I love this idea! I’m not a huge fan of turmeric in foods but this would be a great way to get the benefits of turmeric for those who don’t like curries.

    • Yea but, who doesn’t like currry? 😛

      • I don’t like curries… I guess I am an alien. Lol

        • I don’t like it either:-)

          • I can’t even stand the smell of curry.

        • I just made this and I can’t believe anyone can drink this stuff! Was so in hopes I could get the benefits by drinking a cup a day but I don’t do bitter! Yikes!!!!

          • Bitter?? I think something went wrong! When made correctly (and with fresh spices) it should taste similar to a chai latte with a little spicy bite in the finish from the black pepper. Did you add honey?

          • Did you add honey & coconut oil? Try it again with less of the powder mix…. it’s just so good!

          • I added a few drops of vanilla extract and drank it cold. So good!

          • I just made it ugh. I did not put in processor when I made dry powder form. May need to do that. Did not blend well with ilk. So strong

          • Turmeric is bitter tasting, but the bitter taste is removed by first boiling the turmeric to make a paste.. To make turmeric paste, add 1/4 cup turmeric to 1/2 to 1 cup water. Place ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat for 7-10 minutes. Bring o a slight boil, then turn down to simmer. Stir often. Boiling temperatures destroy the health benefits of the turmeric. Remove from the heat and let it cool. When cool, refrigerate or freeze. Refrigerated turmeric paste older than 40 days old can develop a metallic taste, so don’t make large batches. If you want to freeze the paste, measure 1 teaspoon amounts onto a paper plate or sheet of parchment paper and place in the freezer. When frozen transfer into another storage container with a tight fitting lid or into a zipper top bag. Remove one piece of frozen turmeric paste per serving of Golden Milk.

          • I may be speaking sacrilegiously here, but since I live in a semi-tractor hauling freight I cook a bit differently.
            I cut the spices by half, all of it is organic. Input half a cup of unsweetened vanilla coconut milk into a ceramic cup, added the ground spices (turmeric, cinnamon, ground black pepper, ginger) and molasses, along with about a teaspoon of coconut oil. I mixed the ground spices as well as I could, with lots of little balls of the turmeric left. Put it in the microwave for a minute, pulled it out and mixed again, cooked another 30 seconds, mixed again, another 30 seconds, another mixing. Then I put it on defrost to keep it hot, and ran it for 10 minutes. At that point it was hot, but had not boiled, everything was mixed with no little balls of turmeric. I added more milk to it and heated it for another 30 seconds and VOILA! golden milk drinking time. Not at all bitter, not a sugary sweet drink, but a nice pleasant smooth drink.
            Good luck with it.

          • Maybe use less turmeric & increase the honey? You can work up to it or not.

          • Use coconut milk

          • Please tell us you only used 2 teaspoons of this mix, and that you didn’t add the entire batch to 2 cups of milk? This is a yummy recipe. Add a tbsp of matcha green tea for an energy boost in the morning. 🙂

      • Me – I hate curry so I’ve never eaten Indian foods.

        • Lance, you’re cheating yourself. Indian food has a million foods that aren’t curried.

        • All curry is is a dish prepared in sauce. So basically all of you are saying you don’t like sauce. If you don’t like one curry, go on to the next. There are hundreds of different types of curries. If you say that you don’t like curry because you tried just one and didn’t like it, that’s like saying you don’t like all fruit because you only tried a banana and didn’t like it.

          • Curry is something you can make yourself….. as a person who is not a huge fan of hot or overly spicy foods… i learned to make the curries myself…. MUCH less cayenne and cumin makes any curry GREAT in my book…. try it!

          • Agree with you Bailey!! I can’t imagine my life without the 100 different curries I make 🙂

          • turmeric and curry is two different spice

        • I would never eat my mum’s curries as a child and existed 50 years without one. But then I started cooking ‘exotic’ dishes and realised what I didn’t like was the smell and taste of purchased curry powder. Honestly, do yourself a favour and make a curry at home that includes the spices without a curry powder or curry leaf. I can’t go a week without one now!

    • Sounds and looks delicious. Thank your for sharing.

    • I noticed that several people asked about how much of the golden tea you are supposed to drink in a day but i haven’t seen the answer yet. A whole can of coconut milk every day seems pretty excessive and fattening, no?
      I’m ready to try a batch but hoping i can drink several small portions throughout day and refrigerate to use next day?
      maybe the paste is the best way to go…then you can get your 1 tsp of turmeric with less liquid.

      • Tumeric is used in Hawaii to cleanse the kidney, liver and colon .. It also clears plaque in the veins. Cleansing is good however depending on what your diet maybe such a cleansing may have an impact that your not ready to experience. Start gradually and see how your body reacts .. It’s different for everyone.

        • I’m interested in this potion so will you give me an example of the type of effects when you say, “impact your body’s not ready to experience” …. like gastrointestinal or what?
          Ty – LDry

          • I’m assuming from reading experience basically like a detox or “healing crisis” – in other words – potentially diarrhea or maybe even a sore stomach. This often happens if u start to cleanse your body of toxins at a higher level suddenly, which is why often dosage suggestions say to start small and build up.

            I am looking forward to detoxing after 3 months holiday eating a Southern States diet!! Soooo much sugar, meat and processed food.

          • Your body may go through a detox, which may manifest itself in any number of ways, hence you should start with small doses (quarter teaspoon X 3 daily) increasing every 5 days until you have the desired affect, then stay at that dose. Some people take 2 teaspoons 4 x daily, it depends on the individual.
            It leaves the system after 6 hours so 3 or 4 doses daily is recommended.
            The black pepper should be freshly ground as it loses its piperine (the essential part) very quickly.

        • I made it for the first time last week and used about 3/4-1 t of numeric. It made me so sick- I threw up around midnight until my stomach was empty. It burned my throat horribly. Only tumeric in food or capsules for me from now on.

          • Omg the same happened to me. Burned my throat, didnt seem that hot until I swallowed. Then 4 hours later I woke up sweating like crazy and then I threw up for an hour

      • I make a paste with 1 tsp. of turmeric and avocado oil (you can use any oil you like. Then I wash it down with a strong tasting yogurt.
        Then I swallow 2 whole peppercorns. I find this easy and quick!

        • Took your great tip one further: your avocado oil inspired me to mash a tsp of turmeric with a small avocado, lime juice, black pepper, olive oil, chives, cilantro, and a little salt. Served on a grilled corn tortilla. Super tasty!

          • oooooooooooh YUM
            Going to try your version
            Thank you

          • Totally screen shot that idea!!!

          • Great idea!!!!!! I’m going to add corn to my grocery list!!

          • How much o each ingredient?

        • That sounds a lot simpler. I must give this a try. I will use coconut oil. Thank u.

      • I am going to swap the Coconut Milk for unsweetened Almond Milk which only has 30 calories a cup. healthier alternative.

        • You need milk with a significant fat content to absorb all of tumeric’s benefits.

        • Please look up the benefits of coconut oil. There are studies showing that adding 4 TBSP of coconut oil to your diet a day, while lowering other oils will cause you to lose on average 8-13 lbs of body fat (men, were found to lose 13 lbs…women 8). Coconut oil is a medium chain triglyceride and the liver sends it directly to be used as energy, while other fats, long chains, are immediately stored as fat. Forget everything you were ever taught on Coconut oil. It was all wrong. Coconut oil IS the healthiest oil along with Avocado. Olive Oil is in that group as well, but upon learning that the Mafia has taken over olive oil production and now mixes it with cheap chemicals….I won’t even touch it anymore.

          • If you have concerns about olive oil from Italy or etc..don’t forget olive oil from right here California Olive Oil is fantastic…

          • As long as the olive oil is cold pressed you are ok. No chemicals should be added to that. There is also very good domestic cold pressed coconut oil!

          • Seagate makes their own olive oil from their own organic trees and in USA. Not mafia involved! Have used their products for years.

          • You also have Spanish Olive Oil, it is the best of the world. They are extraordinary organic Spanish olive oils and no Mafia is getting the hand of it. The best of the best.

      • There are different kinds of milk. Hemp milk goat milk almond milk etc… You choose

      • You could use any kind of milk, it doesn’t have to be coconut milk. Fresh, whole milk and almond milk are also great options. And don’t worry about the fat! More and more we are learning how nutritious and essential fat is. You could drink this tea daily for it’s health benefits.

      • So you can make head of time ? So could I make 1/2 gallon put in frig. And heat when needed?

      • It says it serves four.

      • dont use the tin milk use the ones in a carton near the regular at most large supermarkets

      • You do not need to make a whole can, just use 1 cup. I have been making this drink for 2 years.
        You do not need to use a blender.
        I use almond milk and heat it on the stove using a whisk.

      • You’re using canned coconut milk? Bad idea. Suggest you make your own if you don’t want to use already made in the tetra pak.

      • a whole can? Are you using Cream Of Coconut milk instead? Because in regular coconut milk in the aseptic container, 1 cup is 70 calories, about the same amount as in skim milk

        • What brand of coconut milk are you buying that has only 70 calories? I have Thai Kitchen coconut milk, unsweetened, and it has 120 calories per 1/3 cup serving. 110 of those calories are fat. The ingredients list says coconut water and guar gum. I have no idea why quar gum is in it.

          • Rosemary, it is an emulsifier and stabilizer. There are studies showing it causes gut permeability and other issues. When I was drinking coconut milk I finally started making it from organic shredded coconut whizzed in the blender with water (takes a few minutes). It’s really easy to make a big batch and keep it in the fridge. I liked that it had no additives. I discovered that coconut was raising my blood pressure 🙁 That’s the only reason I stopped.

      • A cup a day or every other day first thing in the morning. Or a cup after a workout?

    • This is an excellent recipe. I added about a tablespoon of maple syrup, maybe a little more. I also did not make my own coconut milk. The cayenne and black pepper give it a nice little zing. I would try it with almond milk and add a little coconut oil, not so much for flavor but for the health benefits of the coconut. It’s reminiscent of a chai latte. Great recipe.

    • The honey helps to offset the taste of the turmeric.

    • I don’t like curry, but turmeric doesn’t taste like curry. I cook with turmeric and I put turmeric in my smoothies and green juices. It’s not the same taste as curry. Turmeric turns my rice a beautiful tasty golden color. I use it in stir fries. I just don’t like it in oatmeal. lol

    • It’s a chilly, damp morning and I am drinking this as I write…makes my insides feel warm and cozy!
      I make up my coconut milk from a package that I purchase at a health food store. It is shipped in packages of six so when I purchase six packages I receive the “bulk” discount. I dissolve it in double the amount of hot water to stretch it further and it still tastes plenty creamy! When you think about it, this drink ends up costing around the same as the unhealthy coffee shop drinks, so I feel good knowing I am spending that money to bring healing to my entire body!
      I also added a pinch of pink salt and a 1/4 tsp. of Cardamom…another native Indian spice that has MANY healing properties as well as adds another layer of exotic warmth to the taste. This is definitely going to be a staple drink for me…thanks so much for posting the recipe.

    • What benefits do the ginger have? I’ve not seen any mention of that. I find it’s a very strong taste

    • This golden milk recipe is SO GOOD! I was scared to try a turmeric beverage, because some people have said it isn’t good, but man!! I’ll be drinking it every night at bedtime. It’s that good. The honey offsets any bitterness from the spices. Better than hot cocoa in my opinion! 🙂

    • I add turmeric to my shake every morning! I am a teacher and today I woke up feeling a cold coming on so I added turmeric to my coffee with liquid heavy whipping cream and pumpkin spice. I try to stay low carb, low sugar. Fingers crossed, no time to be sick!

    • I make mine with a banana half milk and half coconut water and blend it. Bananas and coconut water also good for sleep, it’s delicious!

    • You don’t need tumeric in curries its optional

    • I always add Coconut oil honey and vanilla extract. When I want to get fancy, lucuma, Maca and cardamom fit nicely.

    • yo can add chocolate or coco mix to improve taste. I add a couple of tbs. of Stephens candy cane mix. Still works & Tastes great

  2. This looks amazing, thanks for sharing! Can you do this with almond milk or raw milk too?

      • Is this safe to give to the kiddos ..mine are ages 2 and 5?

        • My daughter drinks turmeric every day – she is 5. It has healed the autoimmune response she had to strep. My nieces drink it daily as well and it has relieved them of eczema.

          • How does she drink it? Mixed with what? I like the milk idea but it’s laborious for everyday.

          • Was her autoimmune response PANDAS by chance? My son has PANDAS which is why I ask.

          • Hi Angela & Erin, I don’t know how to reply to your replies, so I’m just replying to mine and hopefully you will be able to read it.

            My daughter does have PANDAS Erin – are you on any of the support groups on FB? How old is your child? It literally reduced her symptoms by 90% to start on turmeric – it took about a week and it was the worst flare up she has had yet. She does take pills sometimes too as she does get tired of the taste of the tea.

            Angela – she actually just drinks hers using the powdered spice (1 tsp) mixed with honey and cinnamon and warm water. And I’ve tried the milk method and actually prefer just drinking it with water also.

          • can you sub regular milk instead of the cocanut im alergic and have goute arthritis trying to stop taking toxic meds

          • I wanted to tell Mike above me that he should not be subbing this for regular milk– and should not be drinking milk at all! Dairy is terrible for those with gout.

          • I gave it to my son when he had Impetigo, and it seemed to clear off more than when I rubbed him with oregano oil. And I gave him only a few droppers at a time. He didn’t have to consume like a cup full

      • Thanx for the recipe I add a tablespoon of Ovaltine powder to the mix above
        I sleep so well
        by using turmeric and taking the pills (from Swansons) I have reduced pain pills for 8 a day down to just two ( so can I get out of bed… I’m an invalid ) I share your post so everyone of my friends can benefit too

        • Um you might want to check the ingredients in Ovaltine!
          My guess is not good.

          • Actually, Ovaltine isn’t that bad! You’d be surprised. It’s much better than Hershey’s Syrup or Nesquick. I allow my children to drink it instead of chocolate syrup.

            This Golden Milk recipe helped me when I had the flu a few weeks ago. I didn’t use Ovaltine, but I appreciated knowing that I could. Thanks, Ann. Hope you are feeling well.

        • I started using for post chemo bone pain; 2000mg b.i.d. I wasn’t sure it was working so I stopped taking it. When pain got worse, I realized that it must have been helping and started it again. Now I take 4000mg b.i.d. It really helps alot. I take it with black pepper and coconut oil. I am also hoping that it will prevent my breast cancer from returning, as I refuse to take Tamoxifen or anastrozole. I also take dandelion root (1000 mg caps. q.i.d.)
          I was just able to find fresh turmeric root today. I am researching different ways to consume it. Seeing how others take it. I am optimistic. I like this group.

          • I just found tumeric root at Whole foods market.

          • I’m a member of ‘turmeric user group UK’ where loads of info’ is available. It has been found that turmeric powder is more potent than the root. Also cooking the turmeric on simmer for 7 to 10 minutes releases the curcumin to optimum levels. Freshly ground black pepper releases piperine which increases bioavailability, makes it easier for the body to absorb.

      • what about with regular milk?

        • Personally I would not use dairy milk as it is not good for your health. There are many plant based milks that are much better for you. You can get coconut milk or almond milk in cartons and they are so easy to use. Xx

          • I haven’t found a plant based milk i like.

          • Raw milk is the ticket, if u can get it. I’m lucky enough to be 10 miles away from a large Amish population and I can get it from a couple of licensed folks. The taste difference is incredible! Like a vanilla milkshake and all of the nutrition hasn’t been “pasteurized” out of it. It actually has a layer of cream on the top (just like when I was a child -I’m 56). Real milk heals. Probably why the medicine cal me industry either hasn’t been educated on it or they’re withholding that info. Google something like raw milk versus pasteurized milk. You’ll be shocked when u find out whats being sold to the,average consumer!!

          • How about soya milk?

        • I am really curios about the coconut milk. Is it possible to use almond milk or rice milk instead?

          • Yes…I used the almond milk!##

          • I am lactose intolerant so I do not drink cows milk. I am sipping Tumerick and ginger tea with the vanilla flavored coconut milk as we speak. It is delicious!

          • I heard soy milk is the worse?? poor digestion etc true???

        • Try oat milk…higher protein then almond or coconut milk

        • I couldn’t find a nut milk I liked either and I think I think I became allergic to coconut (???). All contain gums and other stuff. Then I found Malk. Oh my! We buy pecan but they also have cashew and almond. They are made from organic raw sprouted nuts and water. Pecan has a little maple syrup added so I don’t use much (yeast issues, I’m cheating!). I sometimes find it on clearance at Kroger, normally $7, on sale for $3.

      • Katie, do I supposed to drink it all at the same time or keep it refrigerated and use just a part? It would be more than two cups total….

      • hello i see u said that almond milk and or raw milk can be used too subsitute the coconut milk would it be ok to subsitute with coconut oil and if so how would i go about making the tumeric milk with it and what kind of coconut oil should i use and how much let me no and thank u much

        • I am sorry… I’m not clear on what you want to use the coconut oil as a substitute for.

          • im srry im talking about making tumeric tea would it bo ok to use extra virgin coconut oil instead of any kind of milk if so how much should i use and how should i make it could i use your tumeric tea recipe but use the coconut oil let me no thank u so much

          • Thanks for this recipe which I’ve been using. However I just heard there might be different types of turmeric, one for cooking and one for medicinal use, is this true?

        • Jimmy, it would be great mixed with coconut oil and added to chicken or anything. I don’t think you’d want to drink that much melted coconut oil though.

      • But am curious to know what to use if you are allergic to coconut and nuts

        • Try rice milk. It works well also.

        • Shall give that a try. Thankyou

      • The recommended dose is 1 tsp of turmeric daily. This tea yields 3 cups. Do you drink the 3 cups in a day? If so, do you save it in the fridge and then drink it throughout the day?

    • I make golden milk with organic raw milk I get a local dairy. I first make a turmeric paste and use about a teaspoon in my milk with little spice, and sometimes a little maple syrup. I also put a little turmeric paste in my power smoothie in the morning. I really stops the pain of arthritis… it works!! 😉

      • looking for the recipe for the paste

        • Just heat it in a pan, and refrigerate – use about a tsp at a time and it can last a couple weeks:

          1/4 cup of turmeric powder
          1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper
          1/2 cup of filtered water

          • You must add an oil for best results. either coconut or olive oil.

          • have you ever had a problem with mold on it in the frig? All ingredients are fresh and there isn’t anything there that I think should cause mold, but it is there !!

          • 1/4 cup or tsp?

        • Golden Paste:
          1/2 cup Organic Turmeric Powder
          1/2 cup clean water (no fluoride)
          1 1/2 tsp. black pepper
          5 tbsp. virgin coconut oil
          In a stainless steel pot cook together: Water, tumeric and black pepper until it forms a thick paste, stir and cook for 7 to 10 min. Remove from heat and add virgin coconut oil, using a whisk to fully mix in the coconut oil. Transfer to glass jar with a lid and store refrigerator.

          Golden Milk:
          1 tsp. Golden Paste
          2 cups Almond Milk or Coconut Milk
          1/8 tsp. Vanilla (Optional)
          Molasses to taste.
          Pinch cinnamon (Optional)
          In a stainless steel pot-gently heat, but do not boil, milk with 1 tsp paste. Use whisk
          Add molasses and vanilla and cinnamon to taste.

          Pets like the golden paste too. ^..^

          • thanks for this! going to try it, but two cups of coconut milk per serving? the full fat kind? the organic, full fat, no BPA free can is several dollars so I can’t imagine being able to do that every night …. and it just sounds like it would make sooo much! help … so need to do this. thank you!

          • Sounds great, will try it.

        • I make my own organic products where possible, I make turmeric paste from fresh organic turmeric root. When blended properly it should be as smooth as mustard and has a fresh taste instead of the rank taste of the powder. Then I use it in cooking, salad oil mixes, etc. Refrigerate in sealed, last several weeks.

          Place the following into blender and add filtered water if needed to get right consistancy. Enjoy
          1 cup fresh organic roots cut into small pieces
          1/2 cup organic oil Olive or Coconut
          1/4 cup organic raw vinegar (or fresh lemon juice)
          1 tablespoon of black pepper
          1 tablespoon of raw sea salt

          • Do you make the golden milk tea with it? Would Braggs apple cider vinegar be okay? Does turmeric need to be heated to get best benefit?

      • Patty, will you share your recipe for Tumeric paste with me, I’d love is, thank you in advance ?

      • thank you I need to try this. I suffer from osteoarthritis is both of my knees and have a hard time with the pain and often cannot sleep because of it. Is this milk safe to drink with arthritis medication? Thanks for all the great information about making this milk.

    • I made it with almond – delish!!

  3. I love sprinkling it on oven-baked sweet potatoes, along some cinnamon and a pat of grass-fed butter! Delish!

  4. I read some where that using turmeric one has to use oil with it… Is that true?

    • I have not heard anything about oil but you do need to have add black pepper to it.

      • I’ve been told from an auyervedic practitioner that adding oil to warm tumeric milk helps lubricator the joints (almond or sesame was recommended).

      • Hi Heather, What is the purpose for the black pepper?

        • The black pepper helps with the absorbtion of the tumeric, it can make a heck of a difference to how much your body absorbs, about 80% apparantly.

    • I use Rosemary Gladstar’s recipe for Golden Milk, which does call for almond oil, though I’m not sure whether it is actually required as a medium. In her recipe you first make a paste out of 1/4 cup turmeric and about 3/4 to 1 cup water. Simmer on the lowest setting until it becomes a thick paste then transfer to a jar and store in the fridge until ready to use. Then use 1 tsp of the paste, 1 tsp almond oil, 1 cup milk and honey if desired. Mix in a blender. When I make the paste I also add 1 tbsp each of cinnamon, ginger, astragalus and ashwagandha. All of these herbs have strong anti inflammatory properties. I had a hysterectomy almost 2 months ago and I’ve been taking 1-3 glasses of Golden Milk per day in place of pain pills. I only took the pills for the first 2 days after the surgery. After speaking to other women who have had the surgery I have found that this is unusual to say the least. Many women are still in pain and taking pills months later.

      • Thanks for the additional information. I’m so happy to hear how much this has helped you! I have a bad back and absolutely love Golden Milk. You’ve given me another version to try. 🙂

      • So happy you found this for yourself Jen??

    • This is absolutely true, Turmeric is not water soluble, it needs a good oil or fat in order to be absorbed by the body. The freshly cracked black pepper increases the bioavailability of the active compound in the Turmeric.

    • Yes, just like pepper you need to add oil for a better absorption. I used cocunut oil

      • If using the canned coconut milk, you don’t need any extra oil. There is 10g of fat per serving in the canned stuff. I’m sitting here staring at the 1/4″ layer of oil floating at the top of my mug. Next time I think I’ll add more water than 1c.

        • Buy Spanish extra Virginia olive oil .(cold pressed). It’s the best!

        • Just try frothing the drink. The oil and the milk will emulsify and give you a delicious creamy froth. Trust me, you’ll be wanting for more.

  5. Would this work with fresh turmeric root? And if so, how much would I use in comparison to the powder?

    • While I haven’t tried the recipe (yet), I would think you could juice the turmeric root and add it that way.

    • I use fresh turmeric root just like the fresh ginger by grating about a tsp worth of each into about one and a half to two cups of coconut milk and heating until steaming (or tiny bubbles form along the edge of the pan). Strain the liquid through a mesh strainer and add raw honey to taste. Yum and healthy!

      • Thanks Gretchen, I just stocked up on the fresh roots. Nice to see the original recipe using the powder for when I run out. The first time I saw a recipe for this at all, they were using fresh roots but it seemed a bit complicated. Looking forward to trying it! 🙂

      • Fresh Turmeric is wonderful but stains really badly I blend a load of fresh roots in a high power blender with a little water and then freeze a whole batch in ice cube trays. It stains the blender orange but will wear off. I do the same with ginger, and fresh pressed lemon juice. That lasts me for a while in freezer. During the day I drink water with a cube each ot turmeric,ginger and lemon. Very nice.
        I use a cube of this turmeric for golden milk. Fresh turmeric is so much nicer than the powder and doing it this way you only have the mess every so often

  6. This looks yummy! Could I just use cow’s milk? That is my milk of choice ????

    • Not yummy at all.!!!! Yuck

    • Of course you can but if you’re wanting to do this because it’s good for you then at least switch to raw milk. Pasteurized is horrible for you.

  7. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Is this only for one serving or more? Thank you.

      • Do you store the unused portion in the fridge?

        • I made mine with hemp milk and stored it in the fridge for 3 days covered with foil, it was fine to consume.. magical on top of honey cheerios.

      • Hi. I just made this recipe. The taste is great, but my issue is that the recipe says serves 4. Since I was the only one drinking I divided it by 4 and made 1 serving. Came out with 1/2 cup. Only 4 ounces. Is that correct? Thanks!

          • Hello! I’ve been following your blogs for a few years and absolutely love your website! I refer recipes all the time and use some of them myself, particularly the elderberry syrup. My husband and I just tried the turmeric tea last night. We loved it! We’re big tea drinkers. I wanted to check to see if we’re okay to summit the full recipe between each other on a regular basis or if that could be detrimental?

            Thank you! 🙂

  8. Do you drink all 3 plus cups in the evening or just what you want to drink and refrigerate the rest?

  9. Great idea, I added a pinch of allspice and fresh ginger. Perfect winter drink!

  10. I can’t wait to go home and make this, I got everything at home and been making teas lately. So if I don’t have a can, 3 cups of Coconut milk right?

  11. I make a turmeric tea using the following:

    8 oz hot water
    Juice of 1/2 a lemon
    1/8 t. turmeric
    1/8 t. ground ginger
    Dash of cayenne pepper
    1 t. Coconut oil

    Mix continuously while drinking.

    Sometimes I add honey to sweeten it a bit.

    This tastes good and always makes me feel better!

  12. Awesome! I’ve wanted to try turmeric for a while but had no idea how to mask the taste. Excited to try this for menstrual cramps.

  13. In curries mostly. I also add half teaspoon to a glass of cows milk and drink before bed.

  14. A couple weeks ago I made a turmeric tea that was similar ?o this one. It made me feel nauseous and kind of sick. Is this normal? Should I have started with less and worked my way up?

    • I’ve had the same happen to me. With golden milk and with hot chocolate. It’s the coconut milk I think…too much, too creamy, too fat. I usually do half water (or more) and half coconut milk. Much better.

  15. I’m so excited to try this! Do you know how long this keeps? I’m assuming the recipe isn’t a single serving…

  16. A couple weeks ago I made a turmeric tea that was similar ?o this one. It made me feel nauseous and kind of sick. Is this normal? Should I have started with less and worked my way up?

      • Why 2 cups? Because 1 cup is too little for 1 tsp of turmeric? Would cutting the recipe in half have the same effect or is there a reason we should do 1 tsp turmeric?

        • This recipe makes 4 servings, and you could definitely cut it in half.

    • I just drank this and feel so nauseated. I cook with turmeric so I had no idea I should start with less :/
      I took 2 charcoal capsules right away and 2 more a little while later…I really hope they do their magic!

      • Same here. I felt nauseous but this stuff made me GO and totally cleaned me out (and I have chronic constipation)! I’ll be drinking this again but with less turmeric.

  17. Thanks for this! Just curious though about the coconut milk. The can says serving size of 5 so do you drink the whole thing?

  18. I can’t wait to try this. I usually have a “turmeric tea” first thing in the morning to start my day, after my coconut oil pulling, of course but this sounds soothing and relaxing for evening! Like a chai minus caffeine.

    • Hi Lauren, how do you make your turmeric tea?

    • It IS like a chai!

  19. I use a half teaspoon Turmeric in my protein shake every morning. Which helps with my inflammation due to fibro and RA.

  20. How many does this serve? 3 cups of coconut milk would be a lot for me to handle by myself! 😉

  21. It’s amazing I just said to myself earlier today that I have this turmeric and no idea what to do with it I’ve never really used it before. And then….this recipe popped up. I am enjoying a cup now. Love this site. I am obsessed. Thank you so much!!

    • I am not sure about the Tea idea but I use turmeric in almost everything I use it in my rice recipes and I made up a spice mix with turmeric and ground flax seed and coriander and grande marsala and louisiana cajon spice and a few others and it is real good.

  22. I use it with eggs for breakfast, I either sprinkle some one my over easy eggs, or stir into my veggie mix for scrambled eggs. I have also added it into soups. I will have to try a tea.

    • I also mix turmeric into scrambled eggs! Makes them a nice bright yellow. I usually saute a few onions in oil and sprinkle the turmeric in then, and then add the eggs. Mixes in better. My kids actually prefer eggs with it in, gives a ‘sweeter’ flavor.

    • Me too! I try to add it to the eggs while they are cooking. Putting it in with the raw eggs just seems to leave too much in the container.

  23. Thk u for sharing this with us, pls can it work for Rheumatoid Arthritis patient pls. Thk u.

    • I use devils claw for arthiritus when i cant afford my mangosteen caps.
      Works well but not sure on long term useage. Mangosteen absolutely fabulous for pain control of rhumatoid A

    • I have been reading the comments here and have decided to tell you all of an experience I had this last week. I have been using turmeric in my morning shakes for a long time, then read about it being more beneficial with freshly ground black pepper so began using that, then read and saw 2 YouTube videos about cooking the turmeric, so did that and keep the paste in the fridge using it everyday. I then went away for 5 days and didn’t have my turmeric, I was off my schedule…then Saturday night my body locked up, I was unable to move very much without terrible pain. My left arm was aching so much I couldn’t use it, I couldn’t type and was having horrible pain after sitting and trying to get up, my knee was in so much pain…I had felt this way before but not for a long, long time. It was the Rheumatoid Arthritis flaring up, since I had not been taking the turmeric. I immediately made some hot water and put in two heaping tsps of the turmeric mixture from the fridge, I didn’t measure, Just wanted to get it into my system as fast as possible. I went to bed and in the morning I was better, not all better but I could at least move without that awful debilitating pain. I again made my morning shake with the turmeric mixture and by that afternoon we feeling much better. The benefits of this wonderful spice are so amazing I encourage people to find a way to get it into their systems any way you can. I see that some people don’t like the taste, figure out a way…consuming this is much better than being ill or in pain or taking meds. I do not take any meds for my RA, haven’t for years. I am nearing 73. I hope this is of help to someone. ~ Here’s to our health.

  24. We’ve been battling illness this past week and I have been looking into natural remedies, this is a new area for me but one I want to learn more about. Can children drink this tea? I have a 2 year-old who is getting over a nasty cold. Thanks, I love this site!!

    • There are others in the comments that say yes for kids

  25. I use turmeric when I have a sore throat. I mix a teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of turmeric and eat it. It always helps. Love this miracle drink.

    • Thirty eight years ago my medical doctor had me take a teaspoon if turmeric mixed with water for my horrible cough…….I was pregnant at the time and couldn’t take cough medicine…….It worked really well and I could sleep…….

  26. I use a little bit of turmeric powder in my Nutribullet on occasion. This drink sounds good. I will try it soon.

  27. I make curry powder – 1 part cayenne pepper to 1 part turmeric powder and sprinkle it over my steel cut cooked oatmeal along with cinnamon powder. It adds a warm glow to my morning.

  28. Can you please tell me how many servings this is?

  29. I used to take turmeric tea but I stopped ever since I noticed my teeth turning yellow. I now take turmeric powder in capsule form.

    • yes, I agree. It turns my finger yellow if I’ve touched it. How can it NOT turn your teeth yellow?!

      • Google turmeric for a toothpaste. You’ll be surprised at how white it makes your teeth. Having teeth yellowed from drinking – it would soon disappear with a quick brush of your teeth. The turmeric will kill off much bacteria in your mouth and leave your teeth sparkling! Don’t need toothpaste, just dip your brush in water then turmeric.

        • I’ll have to try that.

    • How do you like the capsules? Do you think they work just as good?

      • Love the capsule

  30. I found out the hard way that I am very allergic to Turmeric (at first we thought Curry in general) when I used Turmeric infused Coconut Oil Hair mask which caused quite a bit of hair loss. If you are someone who has a lot of allergies and have not been exposed to this spice before, I would suggest proceeding with caution. BUT that said I wish I wasn’t so freakin’ allergic to it because it is delicious!

    • So sorry to hear that! Do you remember, was it organic or not? We live in a world were some nasty people are after profits. Some powdered Turmeric is mixed with ……lead (?) I think. I remember what ever it was it was reddish and added weight since it’s sold by ounces. Others posting here are correct in reminding us to us organic Tumeric, filtered water, raw honey and the best grade coconut milk we can get. Most who are drinking this delicious drink are doing it for the health benefits.
      Now my question, after reading these posts I understand to heat Tumeric to release healing chemicals but not to boil it or they will be distroyed. How effective are capsules of raw Tumeric?

  31. Love this tea! Found this recipe on Marks Daily Apple and have been drinking it for years!

  32. How many is this recipe for?

  33. We have long put turmeric in rice when we have beans and rice. Also, turmeric goes well in mashed potatoes – something the Moroccan cooks are well aware of. Now I’ve begun to keep a container of turmeric next to the stove, because I’ve been watching my menus, trying to think what else I could slip a little, or even a good bit of turmeric into. Sure enough, more things are starting to come to mind, such as beans themselves, mashed parsnips+carrots (a favorite of mine with a bit of cream or coconut milk), or even mashed turnips and potatoes, oh! and some cabbage dishes….., mashed sweet T’s w/ or w/out-pears is another good option – so butternut squash and pumpkin recipes would be game for at least a touch, with some recipes able to take on a good lot of turmeric. JUST BE WARE: turmeric does stain some plastic ware. Turmeric is often used in bread and butter pickles, so it would work in many refrigerator pickles. oh, and chili, and some meat marinades, some stews, some salad dressings….. of course, it could be stirred into mustard (storebought too), Jamaican jerk, and as others have mentioned, smoothies, eggs, curries, and etc. There really is no reason not to include turmeric every day, sometimes many times a day. I’m getting more and more excited about keeping turmeric next to my stove – right next to the salt and pepper and the Italian seasoning mix that I keep made up (other seasoning mixes are kept in the cabinet……. but not turmeric, not any more!!!).

  34. Hey! I don’t know if you’ll see this, but I will re-post later if you don’t!
    I just saw you on MamaNatural’s video, along with a few other bloggers I just randomly cam across on the ‘net! I just wanted to say I think it’s awesome that there is a Health Community out there. When I grow up, I want to have my own heath blog, because other blogs have helped me so so much.
    Way to go!

  35. Turmeric is wonderful, but if you have gallstones it can trigger a painful gallbladder attack. I find a tsp a day is as much as I can tolerate. So approach it’s use with moderation if you still have your gallbladder.

    • “Turmeric in the diet increases the production of enzymes that digest fats and sugars, and stop cholesterol from forming gallstones”.

      Angela–did you notice this statement in the above description of turmeric? I did, and I thought I had read somewhere else that beware of turmeric if you have gallstones.
      I wonder where this quote came from?
      Thanks for the warning.

      • It may be both are true. If you already HAVE gallstones, then when the turmeric starts to dissolve the stones, they may be able start passing – which hurts. But it will keep you from forming more of them and may get rid of the ones you already have.

  36. This is soo delicious!!! Thank you:) Wellness Mama- U R AWESOME!!

  37. This is also called Golden Milk and is enjoyed in Kundalini Yoga communities. The only difference is they add 1 tsp almond oil. I like to use 1 tsp of coconut oil- blending it in the blended makes it frothy and thick like a latte. YUM!

    • A cup of warm golden milk at summer solstice is the best! I also sub coconut oil for the almond oil and I use almond milk as I cant drink dairy. I love seeing this yummy milk getting so much attention

  38. Wow. I just thought of my mom when i saw this recipe. I am from india and my mom made this everyday when i had a C- Section. She said turmeric help in healing wounds. We even use it for skin cuts etc, It is a staple spice in all indian dishes. We use to buy fresh roots dry it up and then grind into powder and store it.
    Thanks for the recipe and yeah i used cow milk

  39. Was just wandering if you can eat/drink turmeric in pregnancy and also is it ok if you have IBS.

  40. I mix approximately equal parts of turmeric, ginger, and cayenne pepper together in a shaker, keep it next to my stove, and use it a lot. I do use slightly less cayenne pepper in the mix – but no too much less). I especially use it on chicken thighs that I skin, marinate in Italian dressing or Balsamic Vinegarette and bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes – turning once. Deeelicious! IYou can either add it to the marinade or shake it on when you take the chicken from the marinade.

    • I like your idea, Sherry, by keeping a mixture in a shaker cup to use while cooking. I’ll try that. Thanks!

  41. We keep fresh turmeric root on hand always. I small dice an inch of it and throw it into many things that would include other vegetables: soups, stews, bone broth, omelets, salad dressings and marinades, gravy…everything and anything!

  42. Just tried this today on a cold, snowy day & it was awesome! Glad to see you added black pepper to your recipe to increase absorption. As you already know, it does make a significant difference by enabling your body to benefit from the turmeric.

  43. I am definitely going to prepare this drink tonight. We use turmeric at home all the time in our cereal, rice and shakes. We also take it in vegetable capsule form.

    You always have great recipes. You are wonderful!!

  44. Turmeric is very easy to grow. I just eat it as is. You get used to it. Dot

  45. I take it as an energy/immune shot. In a shot glass I mix a tablespoon of honey with, a pinch of cinnamon, a pinch of pepper, and two pinches of turmeric with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Mix and enjoy!

  46. I use fresh Tumeric every morning! I throw a little knob (about the size of a finger digit) into my morning green smoothie along with a knob of fresh ginger. I peel both the tumeric and ginger with a paring knife, but you can choose not to. Just scrub well. I use a potato scrubber.

    I like my smoothies sweet and the tumeric can add a bitter flavor so I always make my smoothies with sweet fruits like bananas, frozen mango and frozen red cherries along with a couple of pitted dates as well as lots and lots of greens like kale and spinach. You never know that the tumeric is in it, but the benefits are still working for me!!!!

  47. Just another comment–this makes 2-4 cups, and says in the directions drink immediately. I guess you can’t store it? How could you drink this much in one sitting? Can you half it?

  48. Just made this for the first time… it’s delicious! I think this would make great creamer for herbal coffee and tea as well. Thanks for the recipe! I’ve been trying to figure out how to get more tumeric in my diet without resorting to more pills.

  49. I also use turmeric in my green smoothies but I always add cinnamon to counter the bitter taste. I made some quinoa the other day, added sauteed veggies, curry powder and turmeric – yum!

  50. Just made this… with what was on-hand… coconut milk from powder, to start. Used quite a bit more of the spices, and a tablespoon of maca powder… just because it was There… and a bit of coconut oil. Loved the combo. Will do this, or another variation often. Lovely winter beverage.
    To those who worry about storing it– don’t. I didn’t sweeten it, and kept sipping and refilling the cup. It was entirely enjoyed.
    Normally Turmeric is a goes-with-everything additive in soups, cultured vegetables, sauces, dressings, stuffing, and a touch is sneaked into baking sometimes. It’s really good with tart apples, lemon and dried fruits, and is great in corn bread, adding a sunny glow…
    Thanks so much for expanding the repertoire.

  51. Hi Katie, This looks great. I have a question though – I had a blood test to show my inflammation markers and coconut was on the list of things that cause inflammation in my body. So were almonds. Do you recommend another type of milk or liquid that I might use. I am not a fan of soy products. I have never tried rice milk, but I suppose that could work? Thank you!!

    • Try hemp milk, perhaps if an issue with coconut or almond?

  52. I love to put in in my organic scrambles! Can’t wait to try this thank you!

  53. Great work you are doing here. Thanks for your write ups, its been great help to me.

  54. hi!
    Just wondering if I can use the organic turmeric I bought at the grocery store (aisle with spices) is this the same or is it processed differently from what you use?:)

  55. Hi,
    Do you have any suggestions on the daily dose for turmeric as a supplement ?


    • I was explaining the benefits of turmeric just now to my aging mother and read 4grams of circumen is the recommended dose. That is the active ingredient in turmeric but I don’t know how that converts to how much turmeric you need!

  56. This is delicious! I might have added too much honey, but tastes like a chai- totally enjoyable in taste, as well as all the great benefits! Thanks so much for a new favorite drink!

  57. Thank you for this! I’ve been looking for an easy ‘chai’ tasting tea recipe for ages and it’s absolutely delicious.. Even my 21month old son loves it :). Thank you Wellness Mama

  58. This Is an Old age Indian recipe. In india, we use It for treating flu, cold, etc..But here It’s cow’s/ buffalo’s milk+ turmeric..and its called haldi-doodh..

  59. Hi, I would have like to just email you this question personally but I couldn’t find a way to do that so I guess I’ll post. I am wanting to make this regularly for my husband who has digestion issues and so I was going to buy the turmeric in bulk from your recommended seller. however when I clicked in the link of where to find it it took me to a posting on amazon called starwest botanicals which was weird because in your post it says you buy from rose mountain herbs. And this listing does not mention rose mountain herbs at all. And it is not usda organic and many reviews said it was poor quality. So was it just an error? I figured it was but your cinnamon listing in the same recipe did the same thing. So are these links correct or not?

  60. I’ve avoided Tumeric thus far, thinking I hated it but I tried this since I’m fighting a cold and it’s sooo good! Thank you!

  61. I was wondering if you could store this in the fridge, if so how long does it stay good?

  62. I make a tea from mixing turmeric with honey and keep it in the cupboard in a mason jar. I add a teaspoon full to hot water and add lemon and a lot of black pepper. Haven’t tried it with coconut milk.

  63. I put a little turmeric in spaghetti and other regular dishes a few nights each week. I started with a small amount in spaghetti at first then worked up to a larger amount. Now my kiddo doesn’t know the difference.

    My joints seem to feel better when I’m eating it (or taking a turmeric supplement) regularly as does my belly (I have IBS). Pretty simple and safe way to keep healthy 🙂

  64. Hi, a few people have asked the question as to whether these 2-4 servings can be stored. I scrolled through and didn’t see a response.If the extra servings can be stored, how long?


  65. What is the best ginger and tumeric supplements if you want to use them and is it as beneficial as the fresh roots?

  66. hello, the recipe i tried says to drink at once after it is heated up and dispose the rest. it was the Turmeric golden milk. thanks

  67. Is it possible that the turmeric tea might stain our teeth? Otherwise, this a fabulous tea !

    • No, the opposite in fact.

  68. Doesn’t coconut milk have quite high fat content?

    • Make sure that you get raw or unprocessed virgin coconut oil not hydrolyzed. It is the processed kind that causes problems. yes you still have to watch your oil intake and not overdo.

    • No where near as much as coconut cream – the coconut milk is preferable as far as I’m concerned and I just add a tablespoon of coconut oil for the fats. I find using coconut cream, it’s almost too much, you feel like you’ve put on weight!!

  69. Great! My gynecologist suggested using Turmeric for all these reasons as well.
    This is a delicious drink. I use my Turmeric in chili, tacos, and other things I can
    hide it in. This way my family can be healthy too.

  70. I love your blog!! I refer to it daily and send everyone I know to it!! Is this turmeric tea safe to drink during pregnancy?

  71. A while back I decided to try turmeric for its health benefits. I was taking it in pill form, only the recommended dose and nothing more. I went to get a pedicure and the technician clipped my cuticle too short which caused it to bleed. They could not get the bleeding to stop and we were all very alarmed. At any rate I went home to see if there was any side effects to the turmeric and found that it has blood thinning properties. So please keep that in mind when making golden milk and taking it as a supplement. In saying that I reduced the amount of turmeric used in the above recipe and made it last night. I loved it and will enjoy making it in the future! Thanks for maintaining such a resourceful website!

  72. Ooooooo yummy. It tastes a little like chai.

  73. I’ve used turmeric to minimize inflammation for some time. I add 1/2 to 1 tsp, turmeric with a sprinkle of black pepper and cayenne to my morning and evening cup of tea with a tsp. of honey and a splash of whatever milk I have on hand. (We use either un-homogenized, natural cows milk or almond/coconut milk beverage).
    When I first began taking it, it took a little getting used to, but now I look forward to it. It has also been helpful for minimizing asthma attacks-an unexpected benefit for me.

  74. Can one make the base recipe in bulk to keep in the fridge, and go about the heating part in individual portions? It ought to keep a bit; most ingredients are dry and honey’s a preservative.

  75. Thank you so much Wellness Mama! This is going to be a new nightly ritual…so warming, comforting and delicious. I used coconut milk but will try it with whole raw milk as well.

  76. Some reviewers mentioned turmeric staining teeth-From Rodale press read ‘uses for turmeric excerpt below:

    7. BRIGHTEN TEETH: One of turmeric’s most surprising uses—especially considering it stains nearly everything it touches—is its ability to whiten teeth. Mix about 1/2 tablespoon dried turmeric powder with a small bowl of water to form a thick paste. Apply paste to toothbrush and brush as normal. (Be sure to rinse well, and maybe follow-up with an additional brushing.) On top of its whitening powers, turmeric’s antifungal and antibacterial properties will boost oral health, as well.

    8. FACE MASK: Turmeric is wonderful for skin. Use it to reduce signs of aging, decrease the appearance of dark circles and clear up acne via a DIY face mask. To make, combine 1/4 teaspoon turmeric with 2 teaspoons flour, a few drops of honey and a few drops water. If it’s too thick, add more water; if it’s too thin, add more turmeric or flour. Massage paste into skin using circular motions, let sit for 10 minutes and then rinse with a warm wash cloth.

  77. Thanks for the great recipe!

  78. I couldn’t wait to get home and make this…drinking it right now. I used almond milk instead. The trick is to stir and not overheat it as it will slightly stick to the bottom of the pan (as I found out). Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

  79. Thanks for the wonderful recipe – it’s delicious and very warming. I look forward to all its benefits as well.

  80. Is it necessary to add all these spices? I ask black pepper and similar spices gives me the rash and I found a recipe online that calls for regular milk and turmeric only warmed up not boiled.

    • I add the others for flavor and increased absorption, but they are not necessary.

  81. Could I mix this up by the quart and warm as wanted/needed?

  82. I’m just getting started using turmeric, and I’m wondering if using turmeric in the tea will stain your teeth? I know the powder can be used to whiten teeth, but I wasn’t sure whether drinking it might cause staining.

    • Turmeric surprisingly does not stain teeth – in fact, it can be used as a very effective teeth whitener and I’ve done it myself for some time. No toothpaste, just dip your brush in water then in a small dish of turmeric and brush away!!

  83. Interested to try this with turmeric root and ginger root! I make almond milk all the time and I just made my first batch of homeade coconut milk…from a whole coconut too (you will never go back to store bought versions). My husband used the coconut milk in his coffee and he thought i was better than cream, which I have been trying to get him to stop drinking, especially the fake stuff (who drinks OIL…ugh)! It was a bit time consuming to make though…mostly peeling the brown skin off the coconut though. I need a better peeler and to soak it for a bit longer. I froze the rest the last of it, since I read it only last 2-3 days. I did not want it to go to waste. I can’t wait to defrost some and use it for this. I only want to make a small amount though…in case I don’t like it I do not want to waste my precious coconut or almond milk!!!! Any idea how to make just one small serving to try it??? I do have some trader joe’s canned light coconut milk (just coconut and water)…would I still add as much water since it already has some in it???

  84. do you have this recipe where we could mix up a larger container of all of the dry spices and then just heat and add milk as needed? I’d like to mix up everything and have it ready to go?

  85. I finally made this tea. I made about a cup or so. I used about a 1/3 of a cup of Trader Joe’s light coconut milk (coconut milk and filtered water), and about a 1/3 of water. I was not sure if there was enough water. I was going to make more fresh coconut milk (since I took my last couple cups to my daughter at her dorm), but we made it back too late. I also used fresh turmeric root, which is substitute for about 1 TBL root (2 inch piece approx) for the 1 tsp dried powder. I did not know how much ginger root, so I put in about a 1/4 tsp chunk along with the cinnamon, pepper and honey. It all went into my Nutribullet and then I warmed it up as directed. It was not creamy enough so I added a bit of my homemade almond milk, which made all the difference. I love the spicyness!!! Here is the kicker though…as I tasted it I thought WOW fresh ground nutmeg would go great with this…so I added it. It IS yummy with it!!! Thanks for the recipe…i am hoping it will help inflammation from pain while sleeping, and for some inflammation I still have in my gut. Crossing my fingers on both counts!!! Blessings all!

  86. What do you or anyone recommend for fibroids?… Turmeric tea? Any additional spices to add?

    • Fara, For fibroids, take systemic enzymes. A google search will point you in the right direction.

  87. I love my water with turmeric, cinnamon, lemon and maple syrup or honey. I drink a glass before bed and a glass when I get up early in the morning getting ready for work. It is so delicious and refreshing. I take 2 litres of it to work. 🙂

    • How much do you use for each ingredient? I’m new to using turmeric, and would like to learn more about it.

  88. Can I make a full recipe, then save 1/2 for later in the day or the next day?

  89. Can this be taken while one is pregnant….

    • I’d ask a doctor. Turmeric is generally ok in culinary uses but I’d ask a doc especially if taking regularly.

  90. Lately, my body has been telling me I need turmeric in my diet. After researching online I realized my body really does need it. I heard about Golden Milk and decided to look into it. This was the first recipe i found and just made a different version because I didn’t have all the ingredients and I wanted a particular flavor to it. Surprisingly, I love it. It tastes like a creamier version of Chai tea, not as strong. This will be something I will continue to make.
    2 cups regular milk
    1 tsp ground turmeric
    1 tsp ground ginger
    1 tsp coconut oil
    1 tbsp honey
    Sprinkle of black pepper and cinnamon
    5 drops of vanilla extract

    Delish! Hope this will help with my current headache and insomnia :/

    • I just tried it, Easy and delicious. You also can use Almond milk.

  91. I tried your version, Sandy–sort of. I still used coconut cream (since Amazon started carrying it, plus the coconut milk.) Love the touch of vanilla.

    I likely have a tendency to overdo it and used ALL the spices–turmeric, cinnamon, pepper, cayenne pepper, and yes ginger and honey. Did I leave anything out? Maybe 😉

    It’s really good and I didn’t even use the blender this time. Ended up using the whisk so the cococount ‘globs’ were completely mixed in. I really needed this “tea” this afternoon. 🙂


  92. Has anyone had a positive experience with this holder milk with period pain?

  93. i love this site i am using the things i find here and they are very good thanks to everyone –terry

  94. I found a recipe for turmeric paste a few weeks back because I noticed a sudden fatty cyst or fatty tumor sitting right under my collarbone. I read about fatty tumors and turmeric was the most commonly suggested remedy. I made the paste with organic ground turmeric, organic coconut oil, and black pepper. I applied a small amount of the paste on my collarbone and put gauze and medical tape on it overnight. The next morning the chat or tumor was noticeably smaller. It had been hurting or pulsing under my skin the day before, and after using the paste it wasn’t hurting. I applied it again two more nights and couldn’t find the tumor very well by the 3rd day! No more pain, I couldn’t see it or grab it in a pinch of skin. This happened the weekend of Easter 2015. I wore old clothes because I knew it would stain.

    I haven’t been taking care of my health and my liver needs to cleanse. I noticed earlier this week the fatty tumor was back. I used the paste again one night and the tumor shrank. I have another cyst or fat tumor near my thigh and groin which has been checked by a doctor twice and deemed benign. I am going to see if by using the paste alternating with golden milk or turmeric tea, I can rid my body of these cysts or tumors.

    I just drank a mug of the tea using your recipe, but organic almond milk in place of the liquid. I also added a tablespoon of coconut oil. I liked the consistency and the taste after first sipping it with my nose plugged. I will make this often, and invite my children (ages 8 and 10) to drink it. My son has asthma and excema. I have ovarian cysts. I would love to come back and report other benefits.

    I got confused by reading the comment about gallstones. I have my gallbladder and don’t want to lose it. So, is there a controversy on turmeric and gallstones?

  95. I enjoy the taste of golden milk (with walnut or flax oil and a dash of black pepper) made from turmeric paste from another site. The problem that has turned me off golden milk is the scum left in the bottom of my cup. I feel that to filtering the milk to remove the gritty paste would lessen the benefit. Am I doing something wrong, or does everyone else have this problem and it just doesn’t bother them? Or would filtering still give the benefits of the turmeric? I’ve asked this same question on several forums but have never received a response, so I’m really hoping someone here will chime in 🙂 Thanks!

    • Hi! The ‘scum’ that many of these healthy concoctions leave on the sides and bottom of the cup/blender can be swished with a little water and consumed. I do that with golden milk and blender smoothies. I don’t waste a single drop of nutrients 🙂 Johanna

      • If I put in very much cinnamon I am disgusted by the mucousy slime at the bottom. I rinse it out because I read some place that it wasn’t good for you.

    • I have the same problem with the ‘scum/slime’ left in the mug. I’ve tried straining it after simmering the concoction but it’s so thick and takes way longer than I care to wait. I was hoping to see a solution too. So far nada!

  96. I’m not sure I can drink an entire serving (1 can coco milk + 1 cup water) in one sitting. Can this be refrigerated and warmed up?

    • Kay.
      That’s what I do and it works great.

  97. I have just made some and am sipping on it right now. I was surprised at how yummy it is!
    I just used a small tin of coconut milk as that’s all I had, and I added the cream from the can too.
    I am interested to read that so many people drink it nightly to help relieve aches, and for overall health. I think I need to jump on board!

  98. I added 1 tsp coconut oil and 2 tsp. maca powder. This is a real comfort food drink! i wonder if I dare add some matcha green tea and use it for my morning energy drink? I make a matcha green tea latte with almond milk.

  99. I really want to include turmeric, coconut milk and black pepper into my diet daily for all the health benefits. However, I’m less likely to consume a tea version. I’m wondering if it’s possible to brew this cococotion, chill it and use it as liquid in daily smoothie. Do you have any input on its effectiveness chilled?

    Thank you! Your recipes have been my lifeline in going all natural <3

    • I think that would work, Candi. Still getting the turmeric and all! 😉

  100. I liked this tea. These spices (but not the coconut milk!) can also be combined for a Moroccan Vinaigrette!

  101. This is absolutely delicious! I left out the black pepper and Cayenne and used SUgar free maple syrup. SO good! think I will have it replace my coffee–or at least one of my two cups! Thanks!

    • You need the black pepper to activate the turmeric and make it bio-available. Leaving it out means the turmeric milk is not giving you the benefits at all.

  102. I made some of the Turmeric Tea and shared it with my husband. We both find it quite tasty and are sure it is very good for us. Thanks so much!

  103. Was recently diagnosed with Poly Myalgia. All of this is new to me. I’m really grateful for the information on this website and the invaluable conversations. I’m learning to much. Sounds like the paste is a great way to get started with Turmeric. Still learning about this herb. If there is anyone out there with Poly Myalgia and has some advice for me, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  104. Can using turmeric from the grocery store be good to use?

  105. Is this suppose to suppress the appetite?

    I made this this morning using almond milk, but the rest of the recipe, as written. (I didn’t have any coconut milk left!) I really enjoyed the soothing warm 8oz. drink as an early morning start to my day….but…

    Is there any chance that this drink has an appetite suppressant component to it? I really had no appetite at all for the rest of the day. It was a little alarming, actually, to not want to eat at all. I am not looking to lose any weight and had a hard time finding anything appealing. To the point of just having some broth for lunch and organic popcorn at dinner. Am I the only one?

    I really liked the milk tea and a serving for tomorrow, I am just over 60 and have pretty advanced osteo arthritis in my lumbar and cervical spine, plus knees and hands. I am doing my best at avoiding drugs, but gosh, some days!

    • I did have my second serving of tea today and with the same result. It seems to have vanished my appetite. It could be a coincidence and a virus or bug is beginning, so I will wait a few days and see. This may just not be in the cards for me as much as I’d like the benefits for arthritis.

      As the actual recipe goes, it does something for sure, and I found it soothing and tasty!

      • I too have RA along with other autoimmune illnesses. I think turmeric is very important to be taking at least daily. Try drinking smaller amounts a few times during the day between meal. Even better would be to drink some before bed which should help you to sleep better. You could make a paste and store that in the frig and mix with fluid and heat. or use Wellness Mama’s blender mix and store that in the frig, just heat what you can drink at a time. Stir or blend the mix prior to heating. Make sure you add the ground pepper and some type of healthy oil as we need the best absorption we can get. There are several paste recipes in this post, lots of good input.

        Thank you Wellness Mama for a wonderful site.

    • I am wondering the same thing? I have been drinking the Golden Milk for about a week and the past couple days I have hardly had an appetite. It is very strange! I definitely could stand to lose a considerable amount of weight and if this is a dream I don’t want to wake up from it. Lol!

  106. Like one of the other commenters, I enjoy the taste of the tea, but find the spice ring around the top of my cup (and the spice sludge at the bottom) very unappetizing! Would it be a bad thing to strain this out after heating the tea but before serving? I am sure you strain the turmeric root and ginger if you start with the raw vegetable…

    • Nope, I don’t strain it at all. I only have the raw ginger root, not the turmeric root but I love chewing up the little grated bits of ginger. It’s so good for me, I’d never throw it out. You might find more of the spice ring and *stuff* around the rim if you used coconut cream, as opposed to coconut milk where there’s less fat.

  107. I have been useing this simple concoction for a while now. I like the taste and have a cup in the morning and in the evening after dinner. It has not hurt me and I plan to keep on.

    San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico

  108. Why the sauce pan? Can I not just warm it in a pot or microwave?

  109. Some people call a pot a saucepan. I use a pot because microwaving foods will kill the goodness we’re trying to gain from it.

  110. How big a can of coconut milk should be used? How much should I drink a day & how often?

  111. The regular size can of 400g – I could drink the whole thing by myself by having a few cups. It makes quite a lot when you add the water so use half today, half tomorrow. 3x a week is probably enough, even just twice a week.

  112. SIMPLE TEA:! make paste from 1lge tsp of turmer powder 1-11/2tsps of Honey and grated black pepper 1/2tspn.
    Mix together makes me enough for two days.
    use 1/2tspn in a mug add very hot water stir allow to cool and drink … add any flavours
    cinnamon etc cool and drink. yummy!

  113. can you just use turmeric capsules instead of making the tea? I travel often and would love to be able to have the benefits without the fuss!

  114. Can a 1 year old have golden milk ?

  115. Is this tea safe for breastfeeding moms?

  116. can you make this in bulk and store for the week?

  117. Thanks for the golden milk post- its deli shouts. I take capsules, eat a boatload of indian food (my husband is from Kerala), and even sprinkle a spicy turmeric blend for Kaphas on my air-popped popcorn (CHOPRA center website is where I get the turmeric spice blend.) my daughter makes a mask of turmeric, yogurt, and honey for her face. When I first started taking turmeric in capsule form 5 years ag, I had highly elevated C-reactive protein levels. My endocrinologist at UCSF suggested the turmeric supplements, as well as fish oil and vitamin D supplementation. Today, my levels are back to normal (we think thanks especially to the turmeric), and I seriously have not been sick in years! I use a brand that combines the turmeric with black pepper.

  118. WOW, we love this!! My sons and I will make this a ritual in the evening. SO delicious. I made a mess but now think I have it figured out. I used a bit of chai seasoning as well as the ceylon cinnamon. I tagged you on instagram and gave you credit for the recipe =)
    Thanks for your post!!

  119. Hi! I’m not sure this is the best way to assimilate turmeric into your system, as in the original recipe you first mix one cup of turmeric powder (organic) with 2 cups of water and warm it up on the stove for a while stirring constantly until it becomes like a cream, almost solid. You can conserve this paste in the refrigerator and use a teaspoon, or more if you like, in your vegetable milk (preferably coconut or almond milk) with a half teaspoon of black pepper and a tablespoon of oil (better if coconut oil for the taste). You can optionally add cinnamon and honey for the taste. This is how I make my Golden Milk daily, which allows me to eliminate pain killers and flu medicines from my life. It’s also delicious!

    • Hi! What is the difference between using directly the turmeric powder and making the paste you mention? I mean, there is an extra step, is there an advantage? And, I suppose you prepare this milk the traditional way… do you know if boiling the honey makes it bad to consume? I read that in ayurvedic medicine is not recomended at all to cook or heat the honey.

  120. I make a cup of turmeric every night using my Keurig and latte k-cup. From what I understand, there has to be (1) Heat (2) Pepper and (3) Oil. I put the turmeric, pepper and coconut oil in the cup and stir as the latte is making. I wait until it cools enough to drink…stir it up and gulp it down. Is it good? NO! I have added Honey, cinnamon, etc and I have yet to find any way to make a turmeric drink that actually taste good. I have also done the same thing with hot tea. I am doing this for 2 reasons…the main one to help avoid getting Alzheimers as it runs in my family. There is a lot of information that turmeric helps, and to help with joint pain.

  121. Hello to all, ive tried this version of the golden milk and i must agree with katie work your way up if you have somach issues it will help you I hope in the long run as it as many benefits I suffer with alot of ailments and have problems sleeping at night so im hoping this will work also for the joints too ive just had a cup and it really does warm you up so the cold winter weather can bog off i hope it works for you all but alas not everything does will just have to wait till the effect takes hold thankyou katie wonderful website happy new year to you all

  122. I just made this tonight using almond milk, and it was delicious. I used fresh grated ginger, not the powder. I included the pinch of cayenne pepper. Between the two it had a nice “heat” to it. I also included a pinch of cardamom powder…just a pinch, because I happen to love it and thought it would add a nice flavor. Because it’s a stronger spice, I literally used a dash or a pinch. I can taste it, but it is quite subtle. I will definitely make this again and again…as I type this, I’m sipping it before heading off to bed.

  123. This is a great recipe, thank you for posting! Can I make the dry ingredients in bulk to store ahead of time? Do you have measurement suggestions?

  124. Thanks for this recipe. I have the flu so am doing everything I can to get better. I made mine with almond milk–still delicious!


  126. Most posts are about putting Turmeric into cooking or in a heated drink. Some use / take it without any kind of heating. I understand adding black pepper to help your body absorb the curcumin but is heat another factor for the Turmeric to work better?
    Also, coconut oil / milk compared to almond oil / milk. Is there a big difference of fat content between the two?

  127. I guess I just need to take a week and read through your whole site, because everything I search in Google leads me to you! 😉 I love the depth of all of your insight.

  128. I’m having difficulty finding turmeric in Germany. Can I use
    Curcumin powder in place of turmeric. I know it is the active ingredient .

    Want to try this tea if this will work.

    Thank you.

  129. Hello, Thank you for all of the great information Ive learned through reading your blog. My mom had throat cancer, lung cancer and leukemia from age starting at age 60. So in my search for trying to dodge this triple bullet i came across turmeric. Im wanting to start incorporating turmeric into my diet daily. I’ve also been reading about the many benefits of lemons. Do you know of any conflicts I would have from drinking both? Should I drink the lemon water in the morning and the turmeric milk before bed? Thanks for any advice.

  130. hello i am pregnant now 32 weeks, can i drink turmeric tea? thanks for the answer

  131. Great idea Thanks! I tried adding an equal amount of carob powder (equal to the turmeric) and it was delicious. (Carob helps lower blood pressure, and enhances the taste.)

  132. Hi Katie,

    as this does seem like a lot to drink at once, can some be stored in the fridge and then heated up for later?
    Thanks 🙂

    • Yes, and you can also reduce the amounts and make a half batch.

  133. I’ve just started my own blog, and am writing a teeny bit about turmeric and its health benefits. is it ok to put the link to this recipe on it – it’ll bring more people to your page maybe and full credit goes to you!

    • Links are always fine and welcome, I just don’t allow reprinting of any content or use of images 🙂 Thanks for asking.

  134. This is delicious and very soothing. I made half the recipe and was going to drink the whole thing till I realized I had 600 calories in my cup and I’d already drank 300 calories. Someone finally answered the question of how many servings is in the recipe, so I’m refrigerating the remainder.

  135. What is the reason for making a paste of the turmeric powder? It will mix with the water and coconut milk in the recipe.

      • Thank you for your response Wellness Mama.

  136. I made this golden tea and it was very soothing and delicious. It was too much to drink all at once so I refrigerated the rest.The next evening I reheated it and it wasn’t nearly as good. Can anyone tell me why that would be?

    • I’m not sure, but sometimes things are just better tasting when freshly made.
      I make a turmeric paste that I keep in the fridge. Each day, I take a spoonful out and put i a cup of water. I then add about a teaspoon of coconut oil to the warm water. I don’t usually have coconut milk around. When I do, it goes to grandson whom is allergic to both cow milk and soy milk. Try making a paste and then adding it to a cup of coconut milk – you won’t need to add the coconut oil as you’ll already have the oil in it from the milk.

      • Thank you Darlene. I will try that.

  137. I read that soya and turmeric are good for osteo arthritis so is it okay to use soya milk in golden milk recipes?

  138. Hi guys. I think the whole idea of using milk in this recipe is that Turmeric is not water soluble and therefore needs the fat/oil within the milk to work better,the same goes for the pepper (which increases the absorption of the Turmeric). I actually ran out of milk of any kind when I made mine and used some Greek gods yogurt.
    Some of the dairy substitutes like nut milks and the like will probably be ok to use as long as they have a decent amount of fat (which some don’t). If you have milk allergies you can always substitute oil (coconut, olive, etc.).

  139. Hi, for the serving size, it states serves 4. For my family of 4 we each would get a 1/2 cup serving, will this be enough to reap all of the benefits?

  140. Just made this as have been feeling a bit bloated and poorly all week and skin breaking out too! Wasn’t sure how it would taste but is really delicious, like a previous reader said tastes like a chai latte 🙂 Really calming and so many benefits, definitely going to become part of my daily routine xxx

  141. I heat coconut oil (organic cold pressed) in a pan and use 1 T Tumeric lots of black pepper because I love it and it helps your body absorb Tumeric. I mix my scrambled eggs in and enjoy. I have recently read up on eggs and they are good for you in moderation. I also read Tumeric has to be heated to bring out the healing properties. I’m not really a tea person.

  142. your site is wonderful. Just a note of importance, this golden milk comes from Ayurveda. According to wisdom of ayurveda honey should not be cooked or it becomes toxic. Please adjust your recipe to have practitioners add this after cooking. If you want a sweetener you can cook maple syrup is a safer bet.

    much love

  143. My daughter is 17 years, she has lupus. I don’t know how well this will work with her. She takes a lot of medications. I want to try it.

  144. I have been making Golden Paste with turmeric powder and now have lots of organic turmeric root I would like to use. What is the equivalent measure of fresh turmeric root to turmeric powder to use for the Golden Paste?

  145. I’m wondering if there is a way to make this so that you don’t dirty both the pot and the blender right before you go to bed? Any suggestions? Can you prepare it in advance and then just add boiling water? Would that work?

  146. Just made this plus the coconut milk from scratch… beyond delicious/soothing/nourishing…Wish I’d made more, will next time. Bringing some to my friend in a minute, he will love it. Just shared on my FB page and with my online community. Thank you it’s wonderful.

  147. I’ve been drinking this EVERY day (one day I had it twice!). It’s SO delicious and sweet. It honestly tastes super warm, frothy (I blend the ingredients in a Bullet and then add 1 cup of warmed vanilla almond milk with coconut oil to it all) and better than my old Starbucks junk drinks.

  148. I just blended all the ingredients with ice since i’m in Louisiana and it’s 96 degrees today. I found it delicious!

  149. Can you take tumeric and cucumin with cholesterol
    And hi blood pressure meds….simvistati. And lasartum??

  150. I have been making this way:
    1 tsp Turmeric organic powder
    1 tsp Ginger organic powder
    1 tsp Cinnamon organic powder
    1 tsp Cloves organic powder
    Pinch of Black Pepper
    4 cups Purified Water
    I put all these ingredients into a stainless steel pot and bring to a boil whisking.
    Once it starts to boil, I let simmer on low for about 7 min.
    I turn off and let it sit until I am able to drink warm.
    I strain what I am going to drink in my coffee mug.
    Then I add Almond milk and
    1 tbs of Honey organic.

    The rest of the tea gets stored in the refrigerator. Later in the evening right before bed, I stir it and pour into my stainless steel pot only what I am going to drink; about a cup; I heat over stove and strain it and add my milk and honey.

    This recipe lasts me 2 days. I drink 1 cup on empty stomach in morning instead of coffee and 1 cup before bed.

    After reading all these posts I want to now try out the paste. Thank you!..

  151. Will I get the same benefits of turmeric by taking Turmeric Curcumin 1000 mg in pill form? It has 5 mg of Bioperine Black Pepper Extract as well. Do I need to add milk for some reason?

    • Fat may help absorption of turmeric, but you could just make sure to take with a meal that contains fat.

      • Yes, true, milk/coconut fat + black pepper is increasing absorption for turmeric. BUT: turmeric must be simmered (boiled at low heat) for 10 min to activate. This step should not be skipped. After, yes, you can blend or mix. I usually make one small jar of turmeric paste and it will last very well in the fridge for a week or so (just take a teaspoon and mix with the rest of ingredients). Really powerful combination for any type of inflammation, including dental work, twisted ankle, knee pain and cold/flu. My magic helper.

  152. I just made me some golden milk with 1 cup organic milk (what I had on hand), 1 tsp. Ground turmeric, dash of pepper, 1/4 inch fresh ginger, 2dashes of cinnamon, and 1 large tsp. raw coconut butter (like coconut oil but with all the pulp, etc.). Put it all in a small magic bullet then poured into a saucepan and steamed, not boiled for 5 minutes. Pored into a mug and it’s wonderful. Will try another kind of milk when I go shopping. One turmeric-happy lady, tastes like chai milk.

  153. After a lot of experimenting with various recipes for Golden Milk (including this one), I finally figured one out that I like and that my digestive system can handle. A side benefit: when I used coconut milk consistently, instead of switching off every few days with another milk, I discovered two important things – my stomach AND heart issues settled down, and I began to lose weight! Also, I can’t stand black pepper or honey, so I leave those out. Here’s my basic recipe:

    2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
    1 heaping Tablespoon each: raw or demerara sugar, and vanilla (I use my homemade vanilla extract)
    1 teaspoon each: turmeric and nutmeg (nutmeg is a mood enhancer, and to my taste buds goes better with the turmeric than ginger)

    If I want it cold, I do the “shake for 2 minutes, then strain” method. If I want it hot, I add a Tablespoon of coconut oil and heat the mixture until hot, but not boiling.

    Reading this blog post again reminds me that I haven’t yet tried using maple syrup. I think I’ll go try it now…..

  154. Does this have to be heated?

    • It doesn’t have to be, but I think it tastes better when it is…

  155. Hi thank you! I started using tumeric for my clients by putting the organic root in fresh juices I would make once a week in the veg/fruit juicer. I also recently started adding the powder on all egg dishes! Egg salad is a staple of one of my clients so I add to that and anything where I use yellow mustard. I add it to scrambled or omelets too! One of my favorite drinks is ginger, tumeric, lemonade! I started making my own V-8 without tomato. I juice beets with greens, kale, celery, ginger, carrots, apples, tumeric root or powder, and add some garlic to half of this too so I have a sweeter juice and one with a garlicly flavor! I had been diagnosed with arthritis (also still lingering soft tissue pain too from a accident/inflamation) in my right hip and now it it pretty much gone!!! I love healing myself ad others through a more natural means. I am going to add this recipe to my diet and others diet. I really appreciate it and I hope I gave others so idea also!

  156. I use fresh turmeric every morning in my coffee. I use 2 tespoons of coconut sugar, a tablespoon of coconut oil, and 3 thin slices of fresh peeled turmeric. To minimize staining I only peel the amount I plan to slice immediately. Then I put my cup under my k-cup brewer and add the freshly brewed coffee. I have a large cup, so I add 16 ounces of coffee. I stir it and add 4 ounces of unsweetened almond milk.

    Today I have a cold, so I also added 2 thin slices of fresh ginger and a cinnamon stick. It was delicious.

    I really like having coconut oil and fresh turmeric in my coffee. Now that I know about black pepper increasing the absorption if the turmeric, I will add that also.

  157. Too many ingredients. Isn’t there a simple way to make Turmeric tea?

  158. Does this need to be heated? I wanted to just mix these all up and drink whenever I want. Thank you!

  159. I couldn’t read through all the questions, so hopefully I’m not being redundant … I occasionally have an “allergic” reaction to black pepper (coughing fits), is there anything else I can use to increase absorption? This only happens with black pepper, I’m fine with cayenne, white pepper, etc. Would those work instead?

  160. Good piece of writing – keep it up!

  161. I have made this numerous times and love it. A couple times however it has turned to cheese on me a great disappointment. Any tips?

  162. Great read – I’ll be making some of this Tumeric tea this afternoon. I use Tumeric mixed with Coconut oil as a teeth whitener after brushing. Tumeric whitens and the coconut oil keeps my teeth clean longer.

  163. Hi i was wondering how long the turmeric paste would last in the fridge?

    • Make golden paste in bulk and keep it in the fridge up to a month. Cooking turmeric with pepper for ~6 minutes makes the bioflavonoids far more available. Don’t forget to use some black pepper in making the paste. Piperene dramatically increases absorption of curcumin. Add a little paste to your protein shake each morning. I expect it would increase relief over the raw turmeric powder. Using golden paste also avoids the raw flavor of turmeric powder.

  164. Hello,
    I would love to use this recipe for my son who has trouble sleeping at night. The inch of Turmeric root that is grated…is that for the single serving ? or for the make ahead paste ? And if for the single serving recipe how much would I use for the make ahead paste?

    Thank you for posting this wonderful recipe.

  165. Thank you so much for this recipe! I absolutely love this- especially on nights like tonight when the weather starts to turn cold! I like to also add a tablespoon of Cocoa Powder, a teaspoon of vanilla, and a little Cardamom powder… YUM! Thank you so much for all of your great recipes. I have been using several of them throughout the last several years and am never disappointed! Enjoying the podcast as well!!

  166. I made this last night and it was SO good!!
    If I was going to make a large batch, would I mix it cold and then heat it up cup by cup or cook a bunch , bottle it up and reheat it?

  167. Please what is the other name for black pepper? Or how does it look? Coz can’t seem to get in here in Nigeria. In most super stores there are different brand names.

  168. So many great comments and suggestions here!
    I was wondering what skin care products you mentioned that you make with tumeric?

  169. Is there any reason that all of the ingredients (cinnamon, pepper, ginger, etc.) can’t be cooked and included in the paste? I’m puzzled about the two-step process—it seems it would be so much easier to include everything and just add to the warm milk as needed…

    • I was wondering the same thing! I don’t know why we couldn’t so I am going to try it 🙂

  170. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I have made it a few times now. I usually dont have time to make it at home so i have also been looking online. Turmeric is supposedly very healthy for you and has anti-inflammatory properties which truly do heal. I have a problem with acne and when I drink a cup of turmeric tea/Latte before bed, my acne disappears within a few days. Honestly, it’s much better even the next day. But once I stop drinking it, the acne and redness returns. So that shows you that something is working.

  171. My husband and I are following strict AIP (90 days strong!) which eliminates pepper. Will we still receive the same benefits without the pepper?

  172. This recipe is not correct…. Turmeric suppose to be cooked with ground black pepper in water into a paste like consistency for about 6-7 minutes bringing it to a gentle boil once while constantly mixing, then gently simmering. Put it in a glass container with lid and store in a fridge. Then you use about 1 tsp for milk or 1/2 tsp for tea. For ancient milk heat up almond or any othe milk add cinammon, maple syrup, and/or other desired ingredients.

  173. Hi Katie,
    I very much love all the information you provide us and very much trusted your advice but I was looking to buy a good turmeric that would be clean and pure and trustworthy so I thought I would do it through your site only to find out that the turmeric you are recommending through amazon has an allergy alert for tree nuts wheat corn and soy. I am sensitive to 3 of them. Just wanted to give you a note on this in case you did not realized that yet.

    • Thanks for letting me know. I’ve had some issues lately with Amazon sellers changing out products without telling anyone so this may be another one of those cases. I’ll check into it and get it fixed.

  174. I love curry, but, alas, curry doesn’t love me. Because of tumeric and cumin, which are two highest salicylate-containing food items known to those who have done scintillation analysis of over 500 foods [Australians, wouldn’t you know]. Salix is Latin word for willow. Willow bark tea is nearly universal shaman/medicine man/folk healer’s armamentarium for fevers and aches and like. Unfortunately, I am allergic to salicylate in pretty much all its forms–including Camillia chinensis, aka “tea”. It makes me really sick. Like this past week when I was left with no choice put to take a doc-prescribed potassium supplement dyed yellow–sunset yellow– a tartrazine or azo dye used in ever so many food products–better known as FDC yellow #5. And if you’ve ever eaten a lemon yoplait colored with “natural” tumeric, expecting to taste lemon . . . well, it’s an experience in taste-bud cognitive dissonance. Annatto is also a natural yellow (seed of tree from Caribbean). FDC reds are also tartrazine dyes, illegal owing to its carcinogenic properties in Austria, Finland, Norway. Just think of all those Breast Cancer Awareness week pink ribbons and pink-frosted cupcakes and cookies.

    I’m still interested in a coconut milk-based tea, however.

  175. I love this warming drink! The recipe is so perfect, I make up a big batch of the powder & stir it into warm almond milk on the stovetop…. then add in a little raw honey & coconut oil. So creamy & perfectly delish!
    I am a little concerned though – Im 36 weeks pregnant, any reason consuming these spices could be dangerous to baby at this stage?

  176. Great recipe, I’ll definitely be adding this to my recipe book!

  177. I just tried it and absolutely loved it! I am going to make this drink more often.

  178. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 this recipe is soooooo tasty!

  179. Turmeric is sooooo healthy for you! I always have it during the winter months and honestly it helps me from getting sick. I absolutely love your recipe. It tastes amazing. Love it. Thank you for sharing.

  180. This is fabulous. I’m just getting started putting together my own blend of ‘golden spice’ and this was a great reference to find.

    Quick note: beekeepers and nutritionists seem to agree, honey loses many of its ‘raw’ benefits heated higher than 95º F, and loses all of them by about 115º F. Since steamed milk is recommended to be ~150º F, or at the least 140º, your honey is no longer raw the second it hits your hot milk (or gets heated with your milk). (And, of course, for those who like honey in their tea, that’s hotter still.) So you might as well use cheaper heated honey for your hot beverages and have some raw honey on your bread alongside it!

  181. Please only add the honey once the tea has cooled down enough to drink. If you hear the honey, all the beneficial enzymes and vitamins get destroyed.

  182. can MCT be used in place of coconut oil?

  183. I just started drinking this, and it’s SOOO GOOOOD! I used Cashew Milk, and def used the cyanne pepper! It’s creamy deliciousness!!!

  184. After reading, I ran out and got my Turmeric. I had all other ingredients on hand. I love, love, love curry! However, at first sip with my warm almond milk, I realized that I love to EAT curry, not drink it…lol. Alas, I remained open minded, added a tsp of honey and, ooh so, so good. Had it right before bed and can’t wait to have it first thing in the morning. My goal is to eventually eliminate the honey. Thank you!

  185. This is absolutely delicious!! I mixed all the spices and then put it with the milk in the frother, so it mixes it up and then when it cooled down a bit I added the honey. I’m hooked 🙂

  186. I am absolutely in love with Turmeric Milk aka Golden Milk!! It has done wonders for my skin and helps me fall asleep at night. I love this recipe and made it for friends for the holidays and they all loved it so thanks for that! Now that I’m back at school, I don’t have much time to make it so I have been ordering it online. My favorite has been from The Golden Number Co.

  187. Hello,
    I have pressed tumeric from a juice bar, how much would you recommend using there?

  188. I love this drink! I needed to find a way to get turmeric into my diet for its anti inflammatory use. I could drink this tea all day long…. which brings me to my question, is it something that should only be consumed once or twice a day, or could I safely have four cups a day and be okay? Also, I am nursing, but I checked with my Midwife and was told that it’s fine to have curcumin as long as it’s in food or drink and not taken as a supplement.

    • In theory, it should be safe since this would technically be a culinary use, but if you are drinking that much, maybe reduce the turmeric in each cup by half. You should still get the flavor and could consume more without as much turmeric.

  189. Does this drink raise your sugar for diabetic I love doing it but in the morning my sugar levels are higher

  190. Tried golden milk for the first time this evening. I was pleasantly surprised!! I was worried about how it would taste. It actually gave me a full feeling. How many times a day can you drink this? Breakfast would be okay and then in the evening time?

  191. I recently bought spiced from a nearby tea-herbs-spices store and the kind lady who runs it gave me a sample of turmeric. She warned me of it staining countertops and other surfaces but also said that nail polish remover will clean them! She accidentally dropped some drops on her counter and saw a turmeric stain disappear! I haven’t used the turmeric yet, so no stains so far 😛 but you can give it a try!

  192. I wasn’t able to read all 190 plus comments. But I did skim through them, and we do a lot of them. But I didn’t see where anyone actually talked about how they were able to sleep using this paste. Has anyone with insomnia been able to sleep because of drinking this at night?

  193. I have made this multiple times, and I really enjoy it. I generally omit the cayenne pepper, and I use around half the turmeric called for in the recipe. I use sweetened vanilla almond milk, and I add a bit of coconut oil to the pot. I totally skip the blender part – I think just whisking it around in the pot itself works fine. I don’t drink this every day, and I don’t know if I’ve personally experienced any benefits from drinking this, but it sure tastes delicious!

  194. Hi, I have 2 questions….first I know the turmeric stains counters etc….but has anyone noticed it staining their teeth? Also do you think it would work if you added a chai tea bag to add to the flavor and/or take away any bitterness? If anyone has tried that please post……would like to give golden milk a try…..thanks.

    • I haven’t noticed any teeth staining, but I don’t drink this every single day and don’t have perfectly white teeth to begin with. I’ve made this using sweetened vanilla almond milk and reduced the amount of turmeric, and there is no bitterness at all. I haven’t tried using a Chai tea bag.

      • I haven’t had any teeth staining from the golden milk. I also use turmeric to brush my teeth after oil pulling with coconut oil. No staining at all.

  195. I have had keep getting acute bronchitis. Been on antibiotics 4 times. Each time my bronchitis returns within 1-3 weeks! So I tried the turmeric milk (golden milk recipe about 5 days ago. I drank one cup a day for two days. I didn’t care for it so I stopped. Day three I was actually feeling MUCH better and coughing up more than usual. It was like it was finally breaking up. This week I can feel the bronchitis getting worse again. Ugh! So I made the above paste but added 1/4 cup of cinnamon, 1 1/2 tablespoons of ginger and about 2 additional tablespoons of coconut oil. I used a teaspoon mixed into very warm milk then added about 1 1/2 teaspoons of organic raw honey. I love it! So now I have a question – hoe many cups of my golden milk should you drink a day? Can I just swallow a teaspoon on the paste instead? Would that work the same as the golden milk?

    • From what I have read yes.

  196. I mix my tumeric with cinnamon, cloves and honey in almond milk and heat. I tastes like a thinner version of egg nog. It really pretty good. I was surprized.

  197. I break up a small piece of 70%-72% dark chocolate, put in mug and add 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon and milk. Whisk the spices floating on top of milk and microwave, then whisk until melted chocolate is thoroughly combined. You can customize this hot dark chocolate any way you want. There’s so many possibilities. It’s easy and there is no mess. Enjoy!

  198. Other recipes and articles I’ve read say that Tumeric also needs small amount of fat (Coconut Oil) for absorption.

    • I think milkfat counts, whether it’s nut milk or cows milk

  199. I just made the paste for the first time and used 1 tsp. With a cup of warm almond milk. I also added nutmeg and a Tbls. Good vanilla. It tasted like eggnog or good Chai Tea…Absolutely delicious.. I am a cancer survivor, have heart issues, and RA. I am having difficulty with the RA meds and praying this will become a substitute for them…So excited to see if it makes any difference tomorrow. No problem drinking it and better than a Stabucks in my opinion.

  200. Hi! I read this and decided to try my hand at making a warm drink that was easy, fast and tasted similar to a chia tea latte. My attempt worked out great….it tasted good, minimal ingredients and most importantly, it wasn’t a hassle so I would actually make this twice a day to get the full benefits of tumeric. Here it goes: in a 12 oz cup add 4-6oz boiling water, 1tsp turmeric, 1/2tsp cinnamon and raw honey to your liking, stir up….this creates the base that is similar to creating a chai tea latte. Next, just add 5-6oz of steamed milk….I chose hemp milk. I have an espresso machine so I was able to steam it and create a little foam. Delish! Happy to have another non caffeinated warm beverage recipe up my sleeve!

  201. Algae oil is also a healthy alternative, I use Thrive Algae oil, it’s great for cooking with.
    I made up a batch of the Golden milk and used it in my Nighty Night tea blend as a creamer. YUMMY!

  202. What if I don’t have black pepper?

  203. cannabis infused coconut oil, I had to add some raw organic sugar, I love this recipe ~~~

  204. FYI, I apologize if this has been said already, but yes, turmeric will stain your countertops, but you can fix this. Pour baking soda over the yellow stains, then add enough water to make a paste. Let it sit for a minute or so and then scrub away. It took me a few minutes of scrubbing to remove it, but it came out!

  205. I was hesitant to try this. Didn’t think all these flavors would meld well together. But man it is SOOOOOO tasty, creamy, and spicy. I love it. I’ll be making this more often. I wish I had tried this sooner. I did use coconut milk from a can, its organic and BPA free. I dilute with a bit of water. Raw honey, ceylon cinnamon, turmeric powder, ginger powder, freshly ground black pepper, and a dash of cayenne. I didn’t blend it, I just whisked briskly and it all pretty much dissolved.

  206. I just made this, it’s delicious!

  207. Is there a different between the tea and the broth?

  208. Some recipes have you use coconut oil. I like the taste but the oil is solid unless heated so I can’t drink the milk cold. The recipes state that the coconut oil is essential. Is it, or is it just essential to have some type of oil?

    • I prefer it without coconut oil so I can drink cold as well. Coconut oil isn’t essential, it is just good to have some fats to help the body absorb it. The coconut milk in this recipe serves that purpose.

  209. Copious amounts of Turmeric tea is drunk in Okinawa where there are the most centenarians living in the world. They make the tea with water. It’s good cold too.

  210. Will drinking this stain your teeth?

    • No. I drink this tea and even brush my teeth with turmeric powder for its whitening effects. I don’t understand how it works but it does work.

      • Why would you want to brush your teeth with something that stains? It stained the wooden spoons I cooked it with. Doesn’t make much sense.

  211. I tried this tonight. Battling a head cold and cough. It tastes pretty good.
    The recipe is for 4. Can we make 1/2 and save part of it? Can we drink it a couple times a day?

  212. Bleach cleans up turmeric very well. You can pour it directly on the stain, depending on the type of countertop.

  213. How frequently should I drink this? Can you consume too much?

  214. This recipe looks delicious, Katie! I have been looking for ways to get more turmeric in my diet, so this article was timely. I love that your kids even drink it. I am thinking of offering this as a “dessert” option to my kids. I’m hoping it will help get them excited about it so that I can get more immune boosting goodness into their little bodies.

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