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Spiced Turmeric Milk – a Super Soothing Golden Elixir

Spiced Turmeric Milk

Drinks | 30th June 2016 | By

Healing, soothing and delicious, this spiced turmeric milk is a good drink to indulge in before going to bed or first thing in the morning.

Age is supposed to confer wisdom, but the main thing I notice these days is that my joints are a little creaky. I try to alleviate this by getting as much turmeric into my diet as I can. This is the first time I’ve made it the star of the show, however.

Building on my recent success with hemp milk, I decided to combine these two oriental power houses to make spiced turmeric milk. If the hemp doesn’t get you, the turmeric will.


Turmeric (Curcuma longa) comes from the same Zingiberaceae family as ginger and is native to south Asia. Known as  the Golden Goddess in some cultures, it has been used as a healing spice for thousands of years. Although the curcumin it contains is best known as a powerful anti-inflammatory, turmeric has many other benefits.

I’m not going to list all of them here as there are plenty of more knowledgeable sources of information than mine. Suffice it to say it’s meant to be good for colds, digestion, poor circulation and arthritis. It’s also said to help prevent or treat many of the diseases which are so prevalent in our time: cancer, Alzheimer’s diabetes and IBS to name but a few.

Spiced Turmeric Milk

I added a couple of other healing spices to my turmeric milk: cinnamon and cardamom. Not only do they have their own healing properties, but they taste good too. Cinnamon helps to control blood sugar and cardamom is a stomach soother. The last thing to go into the mix was honey.

Honey is another ancient healer and contains trace amounts of many vitamins and minerals. I understand the Ayurvedic tradition is to drink turmeric milk before going to bed as it helps to promote sleep, but it’s also good as a morning pick-me-up.

Spiced Turmeric Milk

The spiced turmeric milk turned out to be a lot nicer than I was expecting, delicious in fact. Taking one’s medicine has never been so pleasant. You can of course, use whatever milk you like, but the hemp milk gives it a nice nutty flavour that acts as a complementary backdrop to the spices and honey.

Spiced Turmeric Milk – Top Tip

The body needs a certain amount of fat to help absorb the curcumin in the turmeric. So if you’re using a fat free or low fat milk, add a teaspoon of coconut oil. Likewise, a little black pepper helps too. I’ve thus included a grinding of black pepper in the recipe below.

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Spiced Turmeric Milk

Healing, soothing and delicious, this spiced turmeric milk is good to drink before going to bed or first thing in the morning.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: health drink, healthy, turmeric
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 91kcal
Author: Choclette


  • 250 ml milk of your choice (I used homemade hemp milk)
  • 1 cardamom pod - crushed
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp honey or maple syrup (manuka honey is particularly good)
  • grinding of black pepper


  • Warm the milk gently in a pan with the crushed cardamom pod. You want to get the milk hot, but make sure it doesn't boil, especially if using a non-dairy milk.
  • When hot, whisk in the turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper and maple syrup or honey.
  • Pour into two small cups or glasses and sip slowly.


Traditionally taken as a nighttime beverage.
The body needs a certain amount of fat and black pepper to help absorb the curcumin in the turmeric, so if you're using a fat free or low fat milk, add a teaspoon of coconut oil.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.


Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 203IU | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 1mg


  1. Jenny Habbal-Goodsir

    30th June 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Love the sound of this, but as I don’t drink straight milk, I think I will try it either with Kefir or yogurt!

    • Choclette

      30th June 2016 at 9:02 pm

      I made mine with homemade hemp milk Jenny, but kefir should be fine too. Or coconut milk – see Nadia’s comment above too.

  2. nadia

    30th June 2016 at 8:15 pm

    I love golden milk! It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties and it tastes amazing too! Just a tip, the body needs fat to absorb turmeric so adding a little oil (I add 1/2-1 tsp coconut oil) and a pinch of black pepper helps with absorption 😉

    • Choclette

      30th June 2016 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks for the tips Nadia. I’d heard about black pepper, but forgot it when I actually made it and blogged about it too. I should add that as a footnote. Wouldn’t there be enough fat in hemp milk to work?

  3. Charlene Flash

    30th June 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Looks wonderful, I didn’t realise turmeric has so many health benefits 🙂 x

    • Choclette

      1st July 2016 at 8:09 am

      Turmeric has loads of benefits Charlene, I only mentioned a few of them here 🙂

  4. Catherine

    1st July 2016 at 1:00 am

    Such a delicious and healthy drink. It is amazing how healthy and tasty these spices are for us.

    • Choclette

      1st July 2016 at 8:11 am

      When I was young I wanted to be a herbalist Catherine. I sort of wished I’d followed through with it.

  5. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    1st July 2016 at 10:53 am

    How nutritious and good for you!

    • Choclette

      1st July 2016 at 1:10 pm

      And it’s really tasty too Angie, much nicer than I was expecting.

  6. Aimee

    1st July 2016 at 1:22 pm

    NEED to try this. Not only does it sound delicious and healthy but that colour is just beautiful!

    • Choclette

      2nd July 2016 at 9:50 am

      I’m with you there Aimee, the colour is beautiful.

  7. Corina

    1st July 2016 at 2:37 pm

    It sounds like a really soothing drink – great for bedtime!

    • Choclette

      2nd July 2016 at 9:51 am

      I want to get into the habit of making it at bedtime on a regular basis, but haven’t managed it yet.

  8. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    1st July 2016 at 2:50 pm

    I’m only 27 and some of my joints are already creaky! Definitely think I need this – sounds so comforting and soothing.

    • Choclette

      2nd July 2016 at 9:52 am

      It’s definitely worth a try Becca, though I think it needs to be drunk regularly to have any real effect.

  9. Camilla @FabFood4All

    1st July 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Lovely warming healing drink, might just drink it because it’s so cold right now!

    • Choclette

      2nd July 2016 at 9:54 am

      It has become a bit ridiculous hasn’t it? I’m almost back in winter clothes.

  10. Cathy @ Planet Veggie

    1st July 2016 at 4:28 pm

    I keep reading about the health benefits of turmeric – it really does seem to be a superfood!

    • Choclette

      2nd July 2016 at 9:56 am

      And it’s been known as a super spice for a very long time Cathy.

  11. Heidi Roberts

    1st July 2016 at 10:38 pm

    I am trying to add more turmeric to our food. I tried hemp milk but couldn’t really love it although the rice pudding I made was OK!

    • Choclette

      2nd July 2016 at 10:08 am

      I’m always on the look out on how I can add turmeric to foods – mostly it goes into our morning smoothie. Hemp milk is definitely an acquired taste, but I like the nutty flavour it has.

  12. Nayna Kanabar

    1st July 2016 at 11:39 pm

    I was brought up on this, any sign of a cut, bruise or sniffle and my mum would give us this to drink. Turmeric is indeed very good for your health.

    • Choclette

      2nd July 2016 at 10:09 am

      Your mother was a very wise woman Nayna 🙂

  13. Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    3rd March 2020 at 8:00 pm

    What a tasty and healthy treat! I could cosy up with a mug of this at bedtime and be very happy

    • Choclette

      11th March 2020 at 9:27 am

      It makes a lovely bedtime drink indeed and the bonus is that you know it’s doing you good.

  14. Nickki

    5th March 2020 at 9:58 pm

    This turmeric milk drink looks so warming! I would love to curl up with a big mug of it right now.

    • Choclette

      11th March 2020 at 9:19 am

      I often have it in the afternoon these days. It’s sort of comforting but perks me up too.


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