Golden Milk Turmeric Tea, made with turmeric, is a powerful anti-inflammatory drink that may ease depression symptoms, build heart health, relieve arthritis symptoms, and more!I love the way blogging connects me to so many people everywhere. Last year, when I blogged about the finger pain I was experiencing, My Great Aunt Janey sent me an email telling me about a Golden Milk recipe. I see my Great Aunt Janey once every few years, so there’s no way she would have known about my finger pain without this blog.
Now I know my Great Uncle Carl (who I’ve always looked up to for his healthful ways) drinks Golden Milk as a way to fight inflammation and naturally soothe arthritis pain. The power of the blog. I’ve since started using turmeric in my cooking more, like in this recipe for Cauliflower Soup with Turmeric.Now it’s time for me to pass on what I learned from my Great Aunt Janey.
Health Benefits of Turmeric Tea
Golden Milk, also sometimes called Turmeric Tea, is a warm beverage filled with health benefits. The star of the show is turmeric. Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory effects (source).
Inflammation is linked to numerous health conditions and diseases, so everyone should be diligent to keep it at bay in their bodies.
Turmeric also has antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, and antimutagenic properties. (source) This superstar may also ease symptoms of depression naturally, relieve arthritis pain, and build your heart health (source). With all those health benefits, you would be crazy not to give this a try!
I find I crave a warm drink in the afternoon, so Golden Milk has been a perfect healthful beverage to satisfy that craving while delivering powerful health benefits.
How do you make Turmeric Tea?
To make Golden Milk Turmeric Tea, first you need to have turmeric paste on hand. This takes five minutes to make and then you can have it on hand in the refrigerator. It will last about two weeks refrigerated. Turmeric powder is mixed with water and black pepper to make a paste. The black pepper is important as it increased the absorption of the turmeric. It won’t do us any good if our bodies can’t absorb it, right?
The Golden Milk Turmeric Tea recipe is also super easy to whip up. I add a little sweetener (either raw honey or stevia) and some ground ginger, ground cinnamon, and pure vanilla extract. The taste? AMAZING. I love this stuff. Trust me, it doesn’t taste like you are drinking a stir-fry. (That’s what I think of when I think of turmeric.)
I also add coconut oil to my Golden Milk because the fat also helps with absorption. It also adds another set of health benefits, which you can read about here.
How often should you drink turmeric tea?
Ideally, drink Golden Milk Turmeric Tea everyday. I hope you’ll add this turmeric tea recipe to your daily routine. I would also love it if you’d share it with someone in your life who might need it. Want to try using fresh turmeric? I recommend this Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea. Here’s to our health!
Golden Milk Turmeric Tea Recipe
Golden Milk Turmeric Tea Recipe
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: 1-2 1x
This Golden Milk Turmeric Tea is a great anti-inflammatory drink!
- 2 cups non-dairy milk (I prefer unsweetened almond or coconut milk)
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric paste (recipe below)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (fresh may be used also)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1–2 teaspoons raw honey or 5 drops pure liquid stevia
- Turmeric Paste
- 1/4 cup turmeric powder
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan and gently heat over low heat.
- Whisk well to ensure you combine the paste, oil, and spices.
- Serve warm. Enjoy!
- Turmeric Paste
- Mix the turmeric and water in a pan over low heat, stirring until a paste is formed.
- Once you have a paste, stir in the black pepper.
- Cool and store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 5 mins
- Category: beverage
This recipe is included in my new book, Anti-Inflammatory Drinks for Health, which will be released February 12th! Click below to preorder your copy!
This post was originally published in 2015. Some photos were updated an a video added January 2019.
I am unable to see the recipe for the PASTE… maybe it’s me
Sorry about that! This is it:
1/4 cup turmeric powder
1/2 cup water
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
Mix the turmeric and water in a pan over low heat, stirring until a paste is formed.
Once you have a paste, stir in the black pepper.
Cool and store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks
This recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric paste yet the recipe for the paste makes 1/2 a cup of the paste which is way too much and goes to waste. I would also add a tad bit more cinnamon and spices for more taste.
I keep the paste in my fridge so I don’t have to make it every time I want to make this Golden Milk recipe.
Love this. One question: what is the benefit of going to the trouble to make a paste?
Is the turmeric powder the same as ground turmeric? If not, where do you purchase the powder?
Yes, same thing. 🙂
I was Wondering if it’s ok to consume the coconut milk . 2 cups is a whole can and seems like a lot of calories . I do Love the drink and I’m trying to use tumeric a lot o get rid of inflammation in my hands . I will Buy almond milk next time .
Amanda Jones says
Is this safe to drink while pregnant? It seems to have many benefits for pregnancy but I figure it doesn’t hurt to ask, haha.
Golden milk makes absolutely delicious ice cream too. Just freeze and stir about once every hour or so if you don’t have an ice cream make. That’s not a problem. I recently tried golden milk and love it. Even my cats love it. Thanks for sharing. Oh, and how much of the paste are you suppose to use for this recipe?
Can you make this tea hot or does it have to be just warm?
Hot it okay. 🙂
Vahdam Teas says
Thank you for sharing these great recipes. Turmeric tea is another healthy way to consume turmeric, which will provide you many health benefits.
I read your post and just wanted to add a few comments. There is a fb closed group called turmeric users group (TUG) that has a recipe for golden paste created by a veterinarian in Australia. You should ask to join. A wealth of information and great and knowledgeable folks. You will find why you should or shouldn’t add things to the mixture. For instance honey is sugar and sugar is extremely inflammatory so you shouldn’t add it or any other sugar. Also the black pepper needs to be freshly ground when you are making the paste. And you should never keep the paste longer than 2 weeks because it goes bad. It can be frozen to keep longer. I don’t typically comment on posts but thought you might want more information on using turmeric
I could not find the turmeric paste recipe. I would like to try this tea latte
This is my first time making the recipe and I really enjoyed it. Do you think it’s necessary to strain before serving? I did have a bit of the turmeric mixture at the bottom of my cup even though I whisked it constantly while heating. I have also seen other recipes where it says to strain it before drinking but then I worry you would lose some of the turmeric.
Amber Jones says
I made a turmeric tea/ golden milk before and wasn’t too fond of it. I just tried this recipe and LOVE it! Thanks for sharing!! I will pass this on to others.
So glad to hear that!
HI. Did I read something wrong? I did not get a paste with the turmeric and water. 1/4 cup tumeric and 1/2 c water just came out very watery!