Golden milk recipes: antiinflammatory and cleansing turmeric drink

Golden milk recipes: antiinflammatory and cleansing turmeric drink


Turmeric milk is a traditional Indian beverage that is commonly referred to as “Golden Milk” because of its many healing properties. It’s very soothing, anti-inflammatory, decreases muscle and joint pain and will help your body to gently detox.

It is well known that turmeric taken on its own is poorly absorbed, therefore we use additional ingredients to enhance its absorption, as well as the taste, by combining it with fats such as coconut oil, ghee or butter as well as black pepper and other spices. Here are my favourite golden milk recipes!

Golden Milk Recipe #1

Serving: 1 medium glass
1/2 cup organic turmeric powder
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp Pepper
1 glass coconut milk
Raw honey to taste

Make the turmeric paste first

Mix ½ cup of organic turmeric powder to 1 cup of water and bring to a low simmer. Keep an eye on it as it can boil over quickly. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil, ghee or butter (choose one). Stir for 8-10 minutes and add extra water as required. I added quite a bit of water to keep it soft. The final consistency should be a soft paste – see my photo below as a guide. Store the paste in a glass container in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.

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Make Golden Milk

To make one glass of golden milk, put one teaspoon of the paste into a saucepan with a level teaspoon of cinnamon powder, 1/2 teaspoon of powdered ginger, 1/4 teaspoon of powdered cloves, and 1/8 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper. Mix well. Sometimes I also add cardamom and/or all spice but you can make your own blends, of course!

Pour in 1 glass of milk of your choice (coconut milk is great but other nut milks are also fine) and bring to low simmer. I usually use 50% of coconut milk and 50% water to a lighter consistency and a better taste. Continue to stir continuously for a few minutes. Cool down a bit and then dissolve in a teaspoon (or to taste) of raw honey to sweeten.

I find this drink is very soothing and calming when taken at night an hour or so before sleep. It helps to have a more relaxing sleep and soothes any muscle or joint pain.

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Golden Milk Recipe #2 

Serving: 1 cup
2 cups of full fat organic coconut milk
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp black pepper
Raw honey or stevia to sweeten

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan except honey and whisk to combine. Heat over medium heat until it starts to bubble, then turn heat down to low and simmer for about 5 minutes so the flavours combine. Cool down a bit then add honey and stir, top with cinnamon.

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Golden milk works well when having on a regular basis such as 2-4 times per week. Please note that if you have severe gut and liver issues/ symptoms start slowly. Try 1/3 of a glass/ cup first and see how you feel. Increase if you there is no discomfort.

Share your favourite golden milk recipes in comments below. I’d love to find out your methods and tips!

Good health and blessings

Joanna Sochan
Adrenal Fatigue and Digestive Health Expert
Naturopath || Herbalist || Nutritionist || Reiki Practitioner

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  1. Grace-Shanti April 5, 2016 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    This sounds really good, but am having Adrenal Fatigue issues right now, so am wondering IF it is appropriate at present? 🙂

    Thank you have just discovered your wonderful website – articles and so forth. VERY helpful

    Grace~Shanti F.

    • Joanna Sochan April 5, 2016 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      Hello Grace-Shanti

      Yes, I recommend having this drink if adrenal issues are present. One of the major features of adrenal fatigue is inflammation and turmeric is an effective anti-inflammatory that calms body and mind, helps the liver to work better and supports digestion. The drink is soothing and great for insomnia when taken before bed.

      Also, thank you for your kind words about my website, I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying the articles!

      All the best

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