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- Golden Milk Recipe (Turmeric Tea)
Turmeric Tea FAQs+−
- Where Do You Get Turmeric?
- What If I Don't Like Turmeric/Pepper/Tea?
- Can I Omit the Honey/Maple Syrup?
- Can I Get Turmeric in my Diet Another Way?
- I Have ___ Health Condition or Am Pregnant/Nursing. Can I Drink This?
- Can Kids Drink Turmeric Tea?
- This Stained My Counter/Blender/Cup. What Do I Do?
- Can I Make a Big Batch and Keep it in the Fridge?
- Can I Use Fresh Turmeric Root?
Our family loves this golden milk recipe and it’s a favorite in our home. I used to mostly drink chamomile or green tea for their health benefits. But this tea with its earthy golden spice is perhaps an even more powerful (and soothing) remedy. Turmeric tea has been a staple in ayurvedic medicine for centuries. And golden milk is a tasty way to get the health benefits of turmeric!
Turmeric Golden Milk
You’ve probably encountered turmeric in Indian or Asian dishes. It’s easily recognized by its bright yellow (and I mean very bright yellow!) color.
Called haldi doodh in India, traditional turmeric tea is simply made with milk and turmeric. More modern versions of golden milk add everything from maple syrup to oat milk. Prepared this way with warming spices like cinnamon and ginger, even my kids love the flavor. It tastes similar to chai, but this particular recipe doesn’t contain cardamom.
We have this turmeric tea several times a week, depending on the time of year and what sounds good. I love drinking it, especially before bed. Golden milk aids relaxation and helps boost the immune system while sleeping.
Benefits of Golden Milk
Golden milk is more than tasty. Consuming turmeric supports digestion, immune function, and liver function. It may even offer protection from some types of cancer. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties make it popular for joint pain. It’s also been shown to protect heart and cardiovascular system health.
This tea maximizes the natural antioxidant power of turmeric because it’s served hot. We’re also combining it with other beneficial spices and a little bit of fat for better absorption.
There are several variations on how to make turmeric tea (given below). But here’s what you need to get the full benefits of turmeric. Heat, the turmeric itself, add fat for absorption, and black pepper to activate the turmeric.
Start with this base, and adjust spices and sweeteners to your satisfaction!
Which Milk to Use
Traditionally turmeric tea is made with hot cow milk. If your family is able to tolerate it, grass-fed whole milk adds a nice creamy flavor. Non-dairy milk options include almond milk, cashew milk, pecan, and oat milk. Coconut milk (not the canned kind, but this recipe) is another option that adds some healthy fats. Some people use plant-based soy milk, but it’s not something I personally use or recommend.
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!
Golden Milk Recipe (Turmeric Tea)
- 2 cups milk (Use your favorite milk, or use bone broth in place of the milk for a more hearty tea)
- 1 tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch black pepper
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 tsp raw honey (or maple syrup, optional)
- Place all the ingredients (except the peppers) in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a small saucepan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot, but not boiling.
- Stir in the pinch of black pepper and cayenne pepper if using.
- Drink immediately.
- Turmeric has a natural, vibrant yellow color and 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.
- This pre-made turmeric ginger broth is a perfect option if you choose to make this tea with bone broth.
Golden Milk Shortcuts
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 them to warmed milk when ready.
Option 1: Dry Golden Milk Mix
- 1/2 cup ground turmeric powder
- 1/4 cup ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1-2 TBSP ground ginger
- ½ tsp cayenne (optional)
To use, add 2 teaspoons of this mix to 2 cups warmed milk of choice.
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
- 1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 5 TBSP coconut oil
In a stainless steel pan, 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 coconut oil, using a whisk to fully mix in the coconut oil. Transfer to a glass jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator.
To use, whisk 1 teaspoon of Golden Paste into 2 cups of warmed milk of choice. Add molasses, vanilla extract, 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:
Where Do You Get Turmeric?
I order turmeric in bulk because I use it in many spice blends, beauty recipes, and this golden milk. Look for one that’s organic, non-irradiated, and has curcumin. The brand will often specify a percentage. I’ve ordered this one on several occasions.
For an even more convenient option, one of my favorite brands, Organifi, makes a delicious ready-made turmeric drink mix. It’s packed with superfoods to help with sleep, improve your immune system, and relax at night.
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 here since it has piperine, a compound known to increase the benefits of turmeric.
Can I Omit the Honey/Maple Syrup?
Of course. I find it helps mellow out the strong flavor of the turmeric, but it’s 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 tastiest in my opinion. If you aren’t into golden milk lattes or don’t want to take the time to drink them, 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.
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’s safe to cook with turmeric while pregnant and nursing. However, they caution turmeric supplements shouldn’t be taken without a doctor’s advice. Turmeric can interact with certain medicines.
Since golden milk has turmeric, consult with a doctor or midwife before consuming this if you’re 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. Using a baking soda water paste to clean the stain can help.
Can I Make a Big Batch and Keep it 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 you can also reheat it in a small saucepan. This turmeric lemonade is another delicious version to have on hand
Can I Use Fresh Turmeric Root?
Yes! It wasn’t often available where I used to live, so I used dry for this recipe. To use fresh, grate a 1-inch piece of fresh turmeric root into the recipe. This accomplishes the same thing. You may also want to strain it using a fine mesh strainer to remove any remaining pulp or pieces.
This article was medically reviewed by Madiha Saeed, MD, a board-certified family physician. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.
How do you use turmeric? Share your uses below!
Discussion (556 Comments)
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?
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
Can you please tell me how many servings this is?
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.
I use a little bit of turmeric powder in my Nutribullet on occasion. This drink sounds good. I will try it soon.
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…….
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
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.
Jeri Sue Wilson
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.
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.