Turmeric Milk

My adaptation of the recipe for Golden Milk, a very useful general tonic when ill. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and anti-oxidant, and supports almost every system in the body.

I had a dream when sick recently where I was told to take one teaspoon of turmeric daily, and I thought how the heck am I supposed to get that much turmeric into me. Then I came upon Golden milk. Some people do not tolerate the full teaspoon, per cup, so reduce amounts if necessary, although with settling of contents you are not going to get a full teaspooon anyway, unless you drink the last mouthful, which can be a bit gritty!


Put one cup of coconut milk into a heavy based small pot. You can use dairy if you want. Coconut is supposed to increase absorption.

Add one level teaspoon of turmeric powder.

Add a good grinding of black pepper, up to quarter teaspoon depending on how much you can tolerate - this really optimises absoption of Curcumin.

Add a nodge of grated ginger - about the size of your thumb.

Boil slowly on low heat, while whisking. Simmer for a minute or two.

Pour into a cup - through a strainer - and sweeten with honey.

You can make double or triple portions and store in fridge for a day or two. Store it unstrained so the milk can pick up more of the spices.

You can add other warming spices like cinnamon, vanilla pod, licorice, all-spice, cloves, however you like.

It's quite tasty after the first few times and especially good before sleeping.

May you live long!

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An article on Turmeric ~http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/articles/students/turmeric

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  • Thank you very much for this post. I'd love to share my insight on Turmeric milk both from reading and experience...

    Turmeric Milk can be made by using (or selecting from) a vast collection of herbs. The key to choosing the herbs to be added is (a gut feeling), or in Ayurvedic terms: which imbalance is taking place in the Doshas, and which element is required to bakance it? Is it Earth, Air, Water, Ether or Fire? And which herb has that Element? Is the imbalance in more than one dosha? Here more than one element is needed, thus a combination of herbs works well to balance it.

    What's good with Turmeric alone, is that Turmeric is relatively safe and effective towards balancing all doshas. Still, and since that it balances all doshas, it’s not that strong towards pushing one aggravated Dosha (or one element alone). In the case of maintenance it’s perfect. But in the case of acute diseases, where one element (and dosha) is very high, here comes a need to blend another herb with it.

    My “best” combination of balancing Vata is this recipe… It’s somewhat magical..

    ¼ tsp Saffron

    1/2 tsp Turmeric

    ¼ Cinnamon

    ¼ Cardamom

    ½ Nutmeg

    The herbs are boiled with water first (except for Saffron, it's added at last), and then coconut milk is added (something around 20% of the volume of water), and it’s left to simmer. Sweet with brown sugar (better with dates).

    Note: Each one of the ingredients can be tested alone cooked with water, coconut milk and sugar. And the recipe can be adjusted upon personal references.


    • never tried it with cardamon and saffron, will give it a try!

    • that recipe sounds delicious, Hani, I will certainly try it.


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  • Turmeric Honey - to 100g Honey add 1 tablespoon turmeric. Stir well and keep in fridge. Dosage - if sick take half a teaspoon every 2 hours, and as you get better take half a teaspoon 3 times a day, until better. Allow the honey to melt in mouth before swallowing.

  • Yum! will try this. looks good.

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