Turmeric root is one of the most revered roots and comes from the Curcuma longa plant. Turmeric has a rich history in Indian and Ayurvedic medicine with very strong anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and anti-oxidant properties and is one of the healthiest ways to add a spicy flavor and gorgeous color to any recipe.
Turmeric has a slight peppery, warm and bitter flavor and a mild fragrance slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger, and while it is best known as one of the ingredients used to make curry.
This recipe is so diverse, it helps promote an excellent nights sleep, helps cleanse the blood, helps to heal digestive issues, is anti-inflammatory and helps protect against cancer.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric has been shown to help with: (Source)
- liver detox
- clear mucus
- help with diabetes
- weight loss
- help with pain
- inflamed joints
- purify blood
- help with depression
- wound healing
- help lower cholesterol
- boost immune system
- help prevent cancer
Turmeric “Golden Milk” Tea
This golden milk tea is a wonderful treat to drink anytime, but especially in the evening. It is high in good fats so it helps to calm the brain, balance the hormones and naturally help promote calm and a good nights sleep. It tastes similar to a warm chai tea, it is so delicious!
Turmeric Golden Milk Tea FAQs
My recipe has gained popularity over time and I’ve received many questions about it. I created this list of commonly asked questions to address the most frequently asked ones:
I am Pregnant/Nursing or I have a certain health condition. Can I drink this tea? I recommend speaking with your doctor or your Naturopath before consuming any natural remedy. Some sources say consuming culinary amounts is fine and other sources contraindicate that with certain conditions and with certain medications, so be sure to consult with your doctor first.
Can I use other milks (almond, rice, cows milk) or even water instead of coconut milk? Yes you can! You can make it with any of these. It won’t be as creamy, but you can even make this recipe with plain water or bone broth instead of any milk at all. 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 and will be best for supporting the anti-inflammatory properties of this tea.
When should I drink this? You may drink this tea anytime of the day or night.
How many cups should I drink per day? I would listen to your body, but 1-4 servings per day is average depending on your health goals.
Can I use fresh turmeric root? Yes, you can grate a 1 in. piece of fresh turmeric root into the recipe. You may then want to strain it with a fine mesh strainer to remove any pieces or remaining pulp.
Do I drink this hot or cold? You may drink it either hot or cold – it really is just personal preference.
Can I make a large batch and store in the fridge? Absolutely. I’ve made up to half a gallon and kept in the fridge, drink within a week. I also enjoy it cold too, but it can also be reheated in a small saucepan.
Can kids drink this tea? Small amounts are fine. Keep in mind that turmeric is a spice. They love the taste and they will love to help you make it, but check with your pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns before drinking this.
- 2 cups of coconut milk. I highly recommend this coconut milk - it's the only one without preservatives and is just pure coconut in BPA free cans. (You can also use almond milk)
- 1 tsp (and you can work up to 1 TBL) of coconut oil. This adds more good saturated fats and anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
- 1.5 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1" piece of fresh peeled and sliced ginger or ½ tsp ginger powder
- 1 tsp of grade b maple syrup or honey to taste
- a sprinkle of black pepper (optional) - this enhances the body's ability to absorb turmeric by one thousand times, however, if you have ulcerative colitis, crohns or other sensitivities, please omit.
- Note: You can add filtered water to your liking and consistency.