Healing Turmeric Tea recipe

Ingredients for turmeric tea

Turmeric Tea, or golden milk, has legendary anti-inflammatory properties, so give this ancient home remedy a try if you’re stuffed up, sore, or coughing. It makes a great calming bedtime drink, too, even if you’re perfectly healthy.

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Turmeric tea is an effective home remedy and a delicious restorative tea!

How are you feeling? A little under the weather? Tired? Stuffed up? Not quite yourself? Turmeric might be just what the doctor ordered. Turmeric is the bright yellow spice that gives mustards and curries their vivid color. In raw form it’s a little root-like thing, related to ginger, only a deep vivid orange inside. The color is so intense that it was originally used as a dye, but turmeric milk, or tea, has also been used in India as a healing drink for thousands of years, and lately Westerners have discovered turmeric in a big way. It has one of the longest lists of health benefits of any food known to man, from healing cuts to slowing the growth of cancers, and  Alzheimer’s disease.

Ingredients for turmeric tea

I made mine with coconut milk, but you can also use Almodm Milk, or regular dairy milk, it’s up to you.

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Ingredients for turmeric tea
3.04 from 29 votes

Turmeric Tea

Turmeric Tea ~ Its anti-inflammatory properties are legendary, so give this nurturing tea a try if you're stuffed up, sore, or coughing. It makes a great calming bedtime drink, too, even if you're perfectly healthy.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Yield 2 cups
Calories 196kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 2 cups light coconut milk, full fat coconut milk, or almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 1 star anise
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • honey to taste


  • Gently crack the cardamom pods open with a rolling pin, being careful not to lose the tiny black seeds. Break the cinnamon stick in two.
  • Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Turn off the heat and let steep for 5 minutes.
  • Bring the tea back up to a simmer, then strain into warm mugs.
  • Top with a little ground cinnamon, if desired.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
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    July 7, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Thank you so much for this wonderful and health giving drink recipe! My husband and I made it, and absolutely loved it! The only item we did not use was the cayenne. While making it later, I thought that it would taste great with vanilla and orange zest. So for a double batch I added 1-2 tsp. of double vanilla extract and the zest of one orange but only used 4 peppercorns, and it was sublime! Oh, and also just for an alternative, I ended up using 3 Tbl. maple sugar in this batch, since we were out of honey. Thank you so much!!

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    Ken Hooper
    May 22, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Sue
    I grate fresh tumeric and ginger and brew in a tea pot with a slice of lemon with successful results but have you any suggestions of what I can use the drained pulp for and would the pulp have any beneficial health usage

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      May 22, 2019 at 8:25 pm

      I would think that you could use the pulp in some kind of vegetable soup, or stew, or even smoothie.

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    April 6, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I am sipping the pineapple cough syrup, I have had a cough for 3 weeks and my doctor said they aren’t concerned unless you have fever for 3 days or cough for 4 weeks. I have a fancy anniversary party to attend tonight and I’m hoping for an immediate cure. It’s delicious and I think I could sip through the evening. Any problem with getting too much of the ginger and or cayenne? I don’t want an even more embarrassing symptom.

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      April 6, 2019 at 12:34 pm

      I don’t think there is, unless you find it upsets your stomach or is too spicy. Hope you feel better soon!

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    July 11, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    This was delicious. I had no cardamon pods or star anise, but I did add a sprinkle of ground cardamon. I also swapped the honey with maple syrup. Divine and warming, perfect even on a July night. Thank you for the inspiring recipe.

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    March 5, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Sue–I paid $12.99 a pound but got alot. I also cut it into small pieces and put it in my freeze to keep it fresh. Like with ginger, it will keep along time, as fresh turmeric has a limited time that it is available fresh. This a.m. I added cocoa powder to this recipe, heated it up and it was a fabulous hot cocoa!!! This recipe is a keeper!!

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      March 5, 2015 at 7:19 am

      Cocoa powder, really? That’s a wild idea, I need to try!

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    March 3, 2015 at 11:48 am

    just made this but used fresh turmeric root. It is so good!! Will drink before bed tonight. Very creamy and full of flavor.

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      March 3, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      They just started carrying fresh turmeric at my grocery store, I’m so excited!

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    October 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Can double and store this, or if just for one – half the ingredients?

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      October 19, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Sure, just cut everything in half, Barbara!

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    February 14, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Ooh, this looks delicious! I’ve been making a ginger lemon honey turmeric tea for colds, but the chai spices here sound divine. Can’t wait to try it- thank you for posting.

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    February 13, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Oh Sue – this is perfect. We’re sitting inside with colds watching the blizzard outside, what could be better and I think (hope/pretty sure) I have all the ingredients – this tea could get us through the rest of the winter!! Thanks:)
    Mary x

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    February 10, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Hi Sue,
    This tea sounds incredible and this is my first time learning the health benefits of turmeric, though I often cook with. Last week I saw fresh turmeric at my local produce store; I hope they still have it when I go shopping this week. Thanks for the recipe and I love the illustration!

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      February 10, 2014 at 6:59 am

      Thanks Rosanna! I’m noticing fresh turmeric in several of my regular food stores, now that I have an eye out for it. I’m going to use the fresh in a curry one of these days. And my daughter is doing the illustrations, we’re having a lot of fun.

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    February 8, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Get a mug, grate tablespoon of skinned raw turmeric(very cheap,in ethnic stores) also same with raw ginger pinch of cayenne pepper, manuka or other quality honey to taste, if you have tried this drink from the powdered products you will find the above recipe is far superior(no bitterness) I dont strain it and leave all ingredients to marinate in mug, nb, turmeric is staining to hands and worktops etc. enjoy. Gareth uk.

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      February 10, 2014 at 7:01 am

      I will try it with the raw roots, thanks for the inspiration Gareth!

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    February 7, 2014 at 10:55 am

    That cup is really beautiful. Any chance you would share where you got it and/or who the maker is?

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    February 6, 2014 at 5:11 am

    Whenever I start to feel any aches and pains from running, I up the turmeric in our diet and it’s amazing how much better I feel and so quickly! Definitely going to keep this turmeric tea in mind for that also!!

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    February 6, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Ohhh my Indian flatmate makes me something similar every time I’m ill! thank you! I’ve really enjoyed your blog posts and recipes – If you have time I’d love for you to check out my blog, http://www.happybelly.org.uk. Thanks!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    February 5, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I love turmeric, this tea looks so soothing and aromatic!

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    February 5, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    I’ve never seen fresh turmeric and I’m having an “ewwwww” moment. That is what that root is? Right? Just for the record. I’ll still eat it… GREG

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    February 5, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I have been making a turmeric tea for a bit over 4 weeks now, after seeing Heidi Swanson’s recipe earlier. I gave turmeric and cauliflower to my dog when he was diagnosed with a prostate originating cancer: turmeric and cauliflower is reputed to help the prostate in humans.

    My tea – no milk:
    Put mint leaves and ground pepper in a mug (you need black pepper and some fat for the turmeric to be bioavailable to the body).

    While the water is getting hot make a paste of a spoonful of honey, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/4 tsp cayenne

    Pour hot water over the mint to 1/2 the cup level.

    Add the honey-spice paste and let dissolve (NOT boiling water with raw honey)

    Add the juice of one lemon.

    Hot water to fill the cup.

    It is warming but the heat from 1/4 tsp cayenne is not sweat inducing…somehow tempered by the other ingredients.

    I typically eat a spoonful of peanut butter for my fat before I drink it.

    Long story to say that after 4 weeks, some joint pain that was plaguing me is gone (turmeric). Also, some rapid heartbeats at bedtime – gone (cayenne)

    I haven’t tried the milk version although I know that is a typical Indian remedy. I envy you finding the root! My local told me they can get it but very spendy so I’ve been using a powder.

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      February 5, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Wow, great testimonial Liz! I’ll give the non-milk version a try for sure.

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    February 5, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Hi Sue,

    In your second pic is the orange-ish looking root turmeric? Also love your illustrations. Nice Work!

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      February 5, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Yes, that’s the turmeric next to ginger…it’s the most beautiful color when you cut into it!

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    February 5, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I am totally going to make this! It sounds delish and I am chilly and worn out right now.

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