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 potential 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 almond milk, or regular dairy milk, it’s up to you.

Other delicious ways to stay healthy the natural way ~

Ingredients for turmeric tea
3.74 from 45 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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  • Reply
    July 7, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    5 stars
    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

    • Reply
      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.

  • Reply
    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.

    • Reply
      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

    5 stars
    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

    5 stars
    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!

  • Reply
    March 3, 2015 at 11:48 am

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

    • Reply
      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?

    • Reply
      October 19, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Sure, just cut everything in half, Barbara!

  • Reply
    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

    5 stars
    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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