Turmeric Milk Elixir

“It’s true there are 100 ways to make turmeric milk.”

I don’t think I’ve seen one recipe that is exactly the same.

That’s right, herbalism is a folk art. Just like making smoothies or pies, everyone has their own little special trick or way that they do it.

Or… maybe you just do whatever you feel like and never make it the same way twice!

Well, here you have it, my take on this incredibly popular drink.

I like to start with 1 cup of milk–whatever milk works for you. Maybe you can’t do cow’s milk, but you could do rice milk or almond milk, choose whatever milk you like the best.

Now let’s put in the turmeric.


Add the other spices as well. Get yourself a nutmeg grater and grate your own nutmeg.

It smells so much better than nutmeg that is already powdered.

Now, for this drink, what we want to do is bring it to a boil. Don’t boil it forever, but bring it to a boil and let it froth up. You don’t want to burn the milk, but you want to let it froth up, and then turn it down to the lowest temperature and let it simmer.

Just gently simmer for 1 or 2 minutes and allow the spices to blend with the milk.

Now this is the point where you would add in your fat; It can be very, very nourishing, calming and grounding for the nervous system. Plus, it makes it really thick and super yummy.

I like to add coconut oil or ghee.


Next, strain everything into your tea cup.

If you’d like to add a little honey, it’s so delicious, or you could also add a little bit of maple syrup.

Oh, this is so good. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum.

There you have it, my current favorite version of turmeric milk elixir, also known as golden milk.






Turmeric Milk Elixir
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  1. 1 cup of milk (cow, rice, almond, coconut, whatever your preferred milk is)
  2. ¼- ½ teaspoon dried turmeric powder
  3. 1/8 teaspoon cardamom powder
  4. 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  5. Pinch of nutmeg powder
  6. 1 teaspoon coconut oil or ghee
  7. 1 teaspoon honey or sweetener of choice
  1. Put milk and spices into a pot and bring to a boil
  2. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes
  3. Stay next to the pot, you want the milk to simmer, but not burn
  4. Turn off heat and stir in coconut oil or ghee
  5. Strain into a cup and add sweetener if needed
  1. Use: Nourishing and relaxing drink
  2. Shelf Life: Drink right after making
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I LOVE Golden Milk. I make mine with coconut milk and it’s fantastic before bed, especially during cold Minnesota winters!


Instead of using the powder, can you use cardamom and cinnamon essential oils?